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Eurex Exchange

Eurex Exchange
May 04
03:19 2011

The Eurex Exchange exists more as an intangible flow of electrons, representing trade across the globe, than as any one physical place. In that sense, it is more futuristic than some of the more historied exchanges like the London Stock Exchange or the Chicago Board of Trade, but that’s appropriate for an exchange that only came into being in 1998, and even then as the  merger of Deutsche Terminborse (DTB) and Swiss Options and Financial Futures (SOFFEX). And neither of those were traditional brick-and-mortar type exchanges to begin with. The DTB was a German derivates exchange.

The Eurex Exchange does have offices in many financial centers of the world, keeping it closely in touch with the markets it tracks. The offices are located in Zurich, Eschborn, Paris, London, New York, Chicago, Hong Kong, Toyko, and Singapore.

Its product line tends to be more esoteric than the single stocks or commodity futures offered by other exchanges, including interest rate derivatives (like Euro-Bund futures and Euro-Bobl futures); equity options and single stock futures based on European, Brazilian, and U.S. underlying securities; equity index derivatives tracking the Euro STOXX 50 index, the DAX, and the SMI; equity index dividend derivatives, volatility index derivatives, exchange traded funds derivatives, credit derivatives, inflation derivatives, weather derivatives, property derivatives, and even good old futures and options on commodities such as gold, silver, CO2, power, European processing potatoes, London potatoes, piglets, hogs, butter, and skimmed milk powder.

The Eurex Exchange’s electronic trading platform and clearing house functions the same way as other exchanges across the globe, to provide efficient price discovery for its underlying markets by bring participants together to trade standardized derivatives contracts in a transparent marketplace. The Eurex averages seven million contracts traded per day, so it’s safe to say it does have a large amount of liquidity available to efficiently price its markets.

Those markets are traded typically electronically traded from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Central European time, although specific markets may have slightly different trading hours. For their specifics, and for specific trading holidays in a given year, you can visit the Eurex’s website at: http://www.eurexchange.com/trading/trading_calendar_en.html.

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