FIA published its annual survey of global futures and options trading in the March 2015 issue of Futures Industry. The survey showed that the number of futures and options traded on exchanges worldwide was 21.87 billion contracts in 2014, up from 21.55 billion in 2013. While it was the second year in a row that volume increased, the level of trading was still well below 2011’s peak volume of 24.99 billion contracts. The survey included tables and charts showing volume trends and rankings of exchanges and individual contracts.
After years of anticipation, it appears that China may soon give overseas investors more access to China’s futures exchanges. At year-end 2014, the lead Chinese futures industry regulator, the China Securities Regulatory Commission, published proposed rules that establish a framework for permitting foreign entities to trade for hedging and speculative purposes.
During the second half of 2015, Intercontinental Exchange will begin rolling out Pillar, a new trading platform with greater capacity and new trading functionalities, across the range of markets operating under its subsidiary NYSE Group.
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