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World Federation of Exchanges Assemble Exchange and Clearinghouse Leaders in London to Discuss the Current Derivatives Landscape

12 April, 2012

Global leaders of derivatives exchanges and clearing houses will assemble 16-17 April for the 29th IOMA Conference, the annual derivatives conference hosted by the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), to focus on the commercial and technological developments impacting derivatives markets.The conference also introduces the full annual IOMA survey on derivatives market statistics. The preliminary findings released on March 1, highlighted that in 2011 25 billion derivative contracts were traded on exchanges worldwide - an increase from the 22 billion traded in 2010. Between 2006 and 2011, the number of derivative contracts traded on exchange has more than doubled. While last year's growth rate (+12%) remains high, it is lower than the one observed in 2010 (+25%).

The conference will also feature a number of panel discussions that will highlight the significance of regulated derivatives exchanges and clearinghouses to the global financial system.Aspects such as transparent public pricing, reliable systems for risk transfer and management will be addressed in sessions on the topics most current to the trading landscape.

IOMA exchanges have already played a major role in reducing financial instability by supporting the G20's work since its Pittsburgh summit that focused on promoting more extensive use of the public marketplaces and clearing houses.The exchanges are committed to transforming the derivatives trading industry in order to ensure that risk can be properly priced, managed and remunerated.Additionally, IOMA members have been active in OTC trade matching and trade reporting for several years now, and have successfully netted trillions of dollars of contracts.

Jorge Alegria, IOMA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Mexican Derivatives Exchange (MexDer), believes the stellar lineup of participants will offer a unique perspective on the important changes in the derivative space."The topics that we will be discussing will have major implications in the derivatives industry, and the debate about trading on- or off-exchanges," explains Alegria, "Exchanges have operated without problems throughout the series of crises that beset the world's financial system since 2007, offering standardized products and liquidity to their customers in reliable, efficient and fair regulated markets."

Alegria will welcome IOMA delegates on Monday 16 April shortly after a keynote address from Mark Hoban, Member of Parliament and Financial Secretary to the British Treasury.Sessions will also focus on the global risk transfer market, the clearinghouse competitive landscape, and the measures that need to be taken in the aftermath of  MF Global.

ABOUT IOMA:
IOMA was founded in 1983 as an association of options markets and clearinghouses around the world. It includes most of the major exchanges trading options on equities, equity indexes, debt instruments, currencies and commodities. Since affiliating with WFE in 2002, IOMA has widened its scope to include futures and commodity trading.

ABOUT THE WFE:
The World Federation of Exchanges is the trade association for the operators of regulated financial exchanges.With 54 members from around the globe, the WFE develops and promotes standards in markets, supporting reform in the regulation of OTC derivatives markets, international cooperation and coordination among regulators. WFE exchanges are home to more than 45,000 listed companies.

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