All Eurex US participants in the UK can now trade directly on the new fully-electronic US futures and options exchange, following approval by regulatory authorities in the UK.
With the granting of recognized status by the Financial Services Authority and approval of the Office of Fair Trading and the UK Treasury, Eurex US is now a Recognized Overseas Investment Exchange in accordance with UK law, the exchange said.
“The receipt of UK recognition creates new opportunities for both existing and new members of Eurex US by allowing UK members to trade on this market,” said Satish Nandapurkar, CEO of Eurex US.
Added Rudolf Ferscha, CEO of Eurex, “Customers in the UK represent substantial potential for Eurex US. In Eurex’s global distribution network, members trading from the UK currently account for 47 percent of the total contract turnover. UK market share has seen a constant increase over the last year with some 450 million contracts traded out of the UK in the year 2003.
Eurex US opened its market for trading on February 8 and currently lists futures and options on 2-, 5- and 10-year Treasury notes and on 30-year Treasury bonds. Total trading volume on Eurex US has exceeded 550,0000 contracts since launch, Eurex said.
Pending approval of international regulatory authorities, Eurex US will expand its offerings to include trading in futures and options on Euro-denominated interest rate products as well as on European and US equity indices.