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Thursday, 4 October 2012, 19:09 HKT/SGT

Source: Singapore Exchange (SGX)
SGX Receives U.S. CFTC Approval for MSCI Indonesia Futures Contracts

SINGAPORE, Oct 4, 2012 - (ACN Newswire) - Singapore Exchange (SGX) is pleased that U.S. investors can now directly trade the SGX MSCI Indonesia Index futures contracts within the U.S. with ease.

On 2 October 2012, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) certified that the contracts, which are based on the MSCI Indonesia equity index, may be offered and sold to persons in the U.S.

The SGX-listed MSCI Indonesia futures is the first offshore futures contract providing international investors easy and efficient access to the fast-growing Indonesian market. Since its launch on 11 June 2012, the MSCI Indonesia futures contract has traded a notional value of US$290million. The open interest has grown by 55% over the last 3 months, reaching a high of more than US$15 million notional in September 2012. Barclays, Credit Suisse and Optiver continue to be Market Makers for this contract, providing both on screen and off screen liquidity.

"We have been a strong proponent of the Indonesia product by actively promoting it to our Asia Pacific client base since its launch earlier in 2012. I expect the end user range will increase and the product will quickly gain critical mass and become one of the liquid futures contracts in Asia Pacific," said Colin Macfarlan, Credit Suisse Head of Prime Services - Listed Derivatives Asia Pacific.

"With the CFTC's certification, U.S. investors can conveniently access the Indonesia economy, which has regained its investment grade rating early this year. SGX's extensive range of equity derivatives, covering over 80% of Asia's economies, will continue to serve as an international platform for efficient portfolio allocation and risk management," said Mr Michael Syn, Head of Derivatives, SGX.

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Singapore Exchange (SGX) is the Asian Gateway, connecting investors in search of Asian growth to corporate issuers in search of global capital. SGX represents the premier access point for managing Asian capital and investment exposure, and is Asia's most international exchange with about 40% of companies listed on SGX originating outside of Singapore. SGX offers its clients the world's biggest offshore market for Asian equity index futures, centred on Asia's three largest economies - China, India and Japan.

In addition to offering a fully integrated value chain from trading and clearing, to settlement and depository services, SGX is also Asia's pioneering central clearing house. Headquartered in Asia's most globalised city, and centred within the AAA strength and stability of Singapore's island nation, SGX is a leading Asian counterparty for the clearing of financial and commodity products. For more information, please visit

Carolyn Lim
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Joan Lew
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Oct 4, 2012 19:09 HKT/SGT
Source: Singapore Exchange (SGX)

Topic: New Service
Sectors: Daily Finance, Daily News
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