SINGAPORE, Dec. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace and the owner of the largest regulated market for foreign exchange, today announced the launch of new foreign exchange (FX) futures contracts based on the Indian Rupee (INR). The target launch date for these contracts is for a trade date of Monday, January 28, 2013. INR futures will be listed on and subject to the rules and regulations of CME, pending regulatory approval.
The standard-sized contract will have a notional amount of five million rupees, while the e-micro contract will be one-fifth of the size of the standard-sized contract, with a notional amount of one million rupees. Both contracts will trade on CME Globex, will be cash settled at final expiry to the reciprocal of the spot Indian rupee per U.S. dollar exchange rate as determined and published by the Reserve Bank of India, and will feature daily pays and collects calculated and banked in U.S. dollars. The two contract sizes are designed to offer greater precision for hedging currency risk and enhanced trading flexibility, which includes existing INR offering of OTC USD/INR Non-Deliverable Forward contracts.
"With the rapid rise in growth economies like India, there has been an increase in demand for flexible, capital-efficient tools that market participants can access to participate in and act on emerging opportunities," said Derek Sammann, CME Group, Senior Managing Director, Interest Rates and FX Products. "Working closely with our customers, CME has developed these rupee contracts to address their needs, and enable participation in the rapid growth of one of the world's leading emerging markets."
The launch of the INR/USD futures contracts completes a product suite for trading all BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) currencies under the CME Group organization. As the owner of the world's largest regulated FX marketplace, CME Group offers a full product suite of 56 futures and 31 options contracts reflecting an average daily notional value of US$110 billion in 2012. In addition, the company provides OTC clearing services for 12 OTC Non-Deliverable Forward currency pairs, as well as 26 Cash Settled Forwards.
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