Derivatives Trade in Asia Eclipses North America for First Time

Discussion in 'Professional Trading' started by ASusilovic, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) -- The Asia-Pacific has overtaken North America as the world’s biggest derivatives market amid increasing demand for futures and options contracts in the region’s fast-growing economies.

    Derivatives contracts traded in Asia-Pacific accounted for 38 percent of the global total in the six months to June, according to data from the Washington-based Futures Industry Association. That compares with 33 percent in North America, it said.

    It is the first time Asia has surpassed North America in derivatives trading volumes since the group started tracking the data in the 1980s, Will Acworth, a spokesman for the association, said in an e-mailed statement. Derivatives are financial instruments derived from stocks, bonds, loans, currencies and commodities, or linked to specific events such as changes in the weather or interest rates.

    “This is the culmination of a long-term growth trend in countries like Korea and Taiwan and more recently China and India,” Acworth said. “At the same time, the steady growth that we have been seeing for many years in North America was interrupted by the credit crisis, which took some players out of the market and continues to depress trading activity.”
  2. Kospi 200 options was/is the highest volume derivative in the world for quite some time. Kospi 200 futures are also very liquid and great contract to trade.
  3. Does the KOSPI have a "small" contract size. It's volume numbers are skewed "high" because of that? :confused:
  4. Very decent volume in Korea and nice trading opportunities...:)
  5. heech


    I keep finding press releases about Kospi 200 futures being available thru CME Globex, but can't find anything on the CME site. Were these futures ever listed for US trade?
  6. mpliner


    Any techniques on trading KOSPI? The fibs don't line up to where the market stops....

    Are you adding the contract from Chicago when calculating daily ranges?
  7. I have the same question!

    Can one trade Kospi 200 via Globex? If so how?

    What brokers other than IB offer Kospi?