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  • People news – March/April 2021

    Appointments, promotions and other people news in the derivatives industry

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  • Viewpoint – Listen to customers and markets will follow

    FIA strongly believes that the development of competitive, efficient and resilient markets is best achieved by market-driven solutions and client demand over the long term. Mandating where participants trade and clear would eliminate customer choice and harm the growth of financial market infrastructure by creating unintended costs and risks. These actions may ironically place EU customers and clearing members at a competitive disadvantage to their international colleagues, or in the alternative set off a ripple effect for other nations to similarly pick up their overseas marbles and go home.  Either way, customers lose.

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  • Six things we learned from Boca-V

    FIA's annual spring conference provides a unique opportunity to hear industry leaders talk about the main trends affecting the derivatives industry. This year's conference brought together more than 40 speakers including exchange leaders, government officials and industry executives for three days of discussions on a wide range of topics.

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  • FIA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Efforts in 2020

    In 2020, our Diversity Committee became an even more important part of our mission to promote diversity, equity and inclusion as worldwide protests against racism and systemic inequality focused attention on these critical issues

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  • Data Spotlight – US options volume nearly doubles over last 12 months 

    In February 2021, single stock options on US options exchanges reached a total volume of 572.4 million contracts, an increase of 91.3% from February 2020. That growth comes after a significant increase in the prior year, too, with a 51.8% year-over-year increase between February 2020 and February 2019. 

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  • Panelists discuss market-based initiatives for a more sustainable future

    Financial markets infrastructure will play a crucial role in the transition to a low-carbon economy with all major derivatives exchanges committed to playing their part, say speakers at FIA's International Futures Industry Conference, Boca-V.

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  • Experts say pandemic is accelerating derivatives industry innovation

    Industry experts at FIA's International Futures Industry Conference on March 17 agreed the adoption of innovation in derivatives markets has shifted into a higher gear as a result of the pandemic. They also agreed that three key factors were behind this change, including a step change in trading volume, pressures created by the abrupt shift to remote work and a change in mindset that is more receptive to innovation.

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  • Behnam details recent CFTC climate efforts at Boca-V

    FIA President and CEO Walt Lukken sat down with Rostin Behnam, acting chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, to discuss the agency's recent formation of a Climate Risk Unit that will focus on the role of derivatives in understanding, pricing, and addressing climate-related risk and transitioning to a low-carbon economy.

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  • Regulation is key to wider adoption of digital assets, say panelists

    Institutional investors have a growing interest in bitcoin and other digital assets, but a major stumbling block to widespread adoption is uncertainty around regulation, said panelists at FIA's International Futures Industry Conference, Boca-V. They added that while regulation uncertainty is perceived as a major headwind, some progress has been made in recent months in the US in bringing cryptocurrencies out of the shadows.

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  • Derivatives market leaders say infrastructure, cross-border access are top issues

    At Boca-V event, speakers discuss the impact of Brexit, the opening of China and the rise of retail trading

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