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January 11, 2013
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  • CFTC to hold meeting on futurization
    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission plans to hold a meeting on Jan. 24 to hear complaints that new rules unfairly favor futures over swaps, CFTC member Scott O'Malia says. The CFTC also is considering a block-trade rule that could accommodate some of the industry concerns, O'Malia said. Reuters (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Japanese exchange may offer Indian stock-index futures
    Japan Exchange Group and India's National Stock Exchange say they plan to launch yen-denominated futures on the Osaka Securities Exchange that will be based on the Nifty index of Indian stocks. The two exchanges said the listing will take advantage of Japanese interest in Indian equities. NSE has similar arrangements with Singapore Exchange and CME Group. Reuters (1/10), Business Standard (India) (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MexDer sees renewed interest in its swap futures
    Mercado Mexicano de Derivados, Mexico's derivatives exchange, has been offering its variant of swap futures since early 2011. "When we launched it, there was a lot of activity, but during 2012 the market was really trying to do as much as possible in the [over-the-counter] space, so we saw declining volumes," MexDer CEO Jorge Alegria says. CME Group announced in September that it plans a futures version of its OTC interest-rate swaps. "Now, with the CME announcement, we have started to get a lot of new calls," Alegria said. (subscription required) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NYSE Liffe draws criticism after cocoa-data change, volatility
    When NYSE Liffe altered information on its website about speculative positions in cocoa, the prices of the commodity shifted erratically. NYSE Liffe said a technical glitch caused the original data to be incorrect. How the matter was handled, though -- addressing it passively through the website -- has drawn the main criticism. "If you didn't realize that the data had been revised, you were at a disadvantage," said Jonathan Parkman of Marex Spectron Group. "They could have handled the issue better." Bloomberg (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wheat contracts led commodity-derivatives growth on NYSE Liffe
    Weather-driven price fluctuations helped drive a 30% increase in volume for milling-wheat futures in Paris last year, and those contracts saw the biggest growth among NYSE Liffe's European commodity derivatives. "It took a few years for it [the contract] to develop, and now we are in a situation where there is enough liquidity and it is finally large enough to attract not just the large physical players but the financial players as well," NYSE Liffe's Nick Kennedy said. Reuters (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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