NASDAQ OMX Helsinki has been granted rights to the WWF Green Office designation as the first Green Office Exchange in the world.
On 10 December 2010, OMV Executive Board Member Werner Auli, Vienna Stock Exchange executive board member Heinrich Schaller and board chairman of CEGH AG, Harald Wüstrich, opened the international futures trading market on the CEGH Gas Exchange of Wiener Börse. With this step, the Central European Gas Hub (CEGH) is now the only European gas hub to offer its customers a “one-stop shop” for a full range of gas trading services.
IntercontinentalExchange (NYSE: ICE), a leading operator of global regulated futures exchanges, clearing houses and over-the-counter (OTC) markets, announced it will launch an Indonesian sub-bituminous coal contract on ICE Futures Europe in the early part of 2011, subject to regulatory approval. The contract will be cash settled against the IHS McCloskey Indonesian Sub-Bituminous FOB marker. The contracts will be traded in multiples of 1000 tonnes, with a minimum price fluctuation of $0.05.
The Board of Directors of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx) has decided to establish a clearing house by the end of 2012 for derivatives traded in Hong Kong’s over-the-counter (OTC) market to support global regulatory initiatives and take advantage of business opportunities in OTC derivatives clearing.
While FINMA is to concentrate on the reviewing and implementation of regulations on accounting standards it enacts, all other recognised financial reporting standards applied by issuers are to be monitored by SIX Exchange Regulation.
NYSE Euronext announced major enhancements to its fixed income trading platform, NYSE BondsSM. They include the new Bond Liquidity Provider (BLP) program that will improve liquidity and provide price transparency to retail investors. The proposed enhancements remain subject to approval by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, following the usual public comment and review period.
The International Securities Exchange announced an updated schedule for the launch of its new options trading system, based on Deutsche Börse Group's Optimise™ trading architecture. The roll-out of Optimise at ISE will begin in April 2011 and continue into July as both ISE's primary and second markets migrate to the new platform. Based on input from ISE member firms, ISE completely revised the Optimise implementation timetable and will now provide greater system functionality from day one of the Optimise launch.
Euroclear Bank, the Istanbul Stock Exchange (ISE) and Takasbank, the central clearing and settlement institution of Turkey, announce an exclusive agreement whereby Turkish Eurobonds listed and traded on the ISE will settle at Euroclear Bank after the transactions are cleared and netted by Takasbank.
Singapore Exchange announced measures to facilitate and shorten time-to-market for secondary fund raising. These measures will take effect from 1 January 2011 with amendments to the securities listing rules applicable to both the Mainboard and Catalist board.
CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire London-based Elysian Systems Ltd., an independent provider of electronic trading and market technology. CME Group expects closing of the acquisition to occur on 9 December.