NYSE Liffe U.S. to offer full suite of interest rate futures

NYSE Liffe U.S. to offer full suite of interest rate futures

06/04/10

NYSE Liffe U.S., the new US futures exchange of NYSE Euronext (NYX), today announced that it will launch a comprehensive family of interest rate futures in the third quarter of 2010 to coincide with the anticipated regulatory approval and launch of New York Portfolio Clearing (NYPC), its innovative new clearing joint venture with DTCC. NYSE Liffe U.S. will launch Eurodollar futures as well as 2-year, 5-year, 10-year and 30-year US Treasury futures. Options on these futures are expected to be launched in fourth-quarter 2010.

Interest rate futures listed on NYSE Liffe U.S. will benefit from the powerful operational and capital efficiencies achieved through the NYPC clearing solution. NYPC will deliver unique capital efficiencies achieved by calculating margin requirements based on the total risk within a common FICC and NYPC member’s portfolio of both cash bonds and derivatives. Additionally, all participants that transact US Treasury futures on NYSE Liffe U.S. will benefit from a highly efficient, single-net delivery process at expiry between FICC cash bond positions and NYPC futures positions, substantially reducing settlement risks at delivery.

“NYSE Liffe U.S. is working hard to provide our customers a compelling and unambiguous motivation to transact interest rate futures on our platform, based on capital efficiency, global distribution, operational innovation and strong alignment with today’s leading market participants,” said Thomas F. Callahan, CEO, NYSE Liffe U.S. “Our exchange will continue to respond to the needs of the global futures community to deliver a vibrant, liquid and fully transparent central marketplace for transacting interest rate futures.”

These products represent an important expansion of NYSE Liffe U.S. into the US interest rate futures market. When combined with the precious metals futures and futures on MSCI equity indices currently traded on NYSE Liffe U.S., these new products further demonstrate NYSE Euronext’s commitment to building a highly competitive, multi-asset class exchange. NYSE Liffe U.S. is also in advanced discussions with major market participants and regulators on a number of innovative new interest rate futures products, which are expected to be announced later in the year. 

NYSE Liffe U.S. recently announced the closing of an equity partnership with six leading market participants, Citadel Securities, DRW Ventures LLC (an affiliate of DRW Trading Group), GETCO, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and UBS. These industry-leading partners now own a significant minority stake in NYSE Liffe U.S. 

NYSE Liffe U.S. utilizes the proven LIFFE CONNECT® trading platform designed and maintained by NYSE Technologies. This state-of the art platform matched in excess of 3 million contracts per day on the NYSE Liffe markets in Europe during 2009. NYSE Liffe U.S. offers a wide variety of global connectivity options allowing members to efficiently transact on the platform in a cost effective manner.