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Michael Peters, Eurex executive board member

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KRX and Eurex report successful second trading year

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KRX and Eurex have reported a successful second trading year for their joint venture Eurex/KRX Link.



Since the launch on 30 August 2010, the Eurex KOSPI Product has steadily increased the notional value of its daily average volume.

Traded contract volumes have been influenced by the revised contract size on 14 June from KRW100,000 to now KRW500,000 due to the change of KOSPI 200 option’s contract specification at KRX.

Year-to-date 2012, the notional value of the average daily traded contracts stands at KRW31bn, an increase of 431 percent year-on-year. Additionally, a new daily peak was achieved on 2 August 2012 with 225,062 contracts (equalling more than one million contracts based on the previous contract size).

The Eurex KOSPI Product is traded with very tight and competitive spreads. They have become very narrow – even after the change of the contract size – due to the liquidity provision of three market makers, the third has been quoting since July.

“Our Eurex KOSPI Product has successfully established itself in the market. We are very pleased that our volume now exceeds the ratio of three percent of the daytime volume of the KOSPI 200 options traded at KRX; and I hope that we can further strengthen our joint approach,” says Michael Peters (pictured), Eurex executive board member.

Ho-Chul Lee, KRX president and chief operating officer, says: “First of all, I am very pleased to hear from market participants that the Eurex KOSPI Product is playing a pivotal role in risk management for domestic as well as offshore investors after its launch in 2010. Meanwhile, recent changes in the regulatory environment such as index multiplier increase in Korea provide challenge to us. But I am convinced that the Eurex KOSPI Product can maintain its sound growth with market participants’ interest and supports.”

Volumes are expected to rise further as KRX and Eurex continue to develop the after-hours market for the world’s most widely traded derivatives contract. The number of active end-customers as well as participating Eurex and KRX members continues to expand. At the launch, nine KRX and Eurex members were able to trade the Eurex KOSPI Product; today the number has increased to 34. There are two additional KRX and Eurex members who are currently preparing to participate in the Eurex/KRX Link.

The Eurex KOSPI Product is a daily futures contract based on the KOSPI 200 options available on the Korea Exchange. The futures contracts expire at the end of each trading day and any open positions are transferred to KRX to establish a position in the KOSPI 200 option. This product cooperation between Eurex and KRX enables market participants to trade KOSPI 200 options during European and North American trading hours.

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