New York, March 28, 2011 – NYSE Liffe U.S., the U.S. futures exchange of NYSE Euronext (NYX), today announced the immediate availability of 2-year, 5-year and 10-year U.S. Treasury futures along with U.S. Bond and Ultra Bond futures contracts. These products complement the successful Eurodollar contract that debuted on March 21 with 189,484 contracts traded on NYSE Liffe U.S. in the first week. By utilizing the revolutionary new clearinghouse, New York Portfolio Clearing (NYPC), customers trading any of these interest rate futures products will benefit from the combined value of trading on NYSE Liffe U.S. coupled with the “one-pot” margining power of NYPC.
“Today, we are extremely pleased to offer Treasury interest rate futures to customers of NYSE Liffe U.S. Through the capital efficiency of the NYPC’s ‘one pot’ margin methodology and it’s unique automated delivery protocol, these Treasury futures represent a clear advancement in our customer’s ability to manage risk and optimize their use of capital,” said Thomas F. Callahan, CEO, NYSE Liffe U.S. “We are grateful for the strong level of support we have received from our customers to date and we sincerely thank them for their partnership in building a competitive new choice in the U.S. futures market.”
Interest-rate futures traded on NYSE Liffe U.S. will benefit from the unique capital efficiencies of NYPC’s ‘one-pot’ margining which, for the first time ever, assesses margin across fixed income asset classes based on the actual risk of a clearing member’s portfolio. Additionally, all U.S. Treasury futures traded on NYSE Liffe U.S. will benefit from an innovative, streamlined delivery process allowing for the seamless netting of futures and cash securities. These innovations provide unique benefits to global futures market participants by reducing the cost, complexity and risk inherent in the traditional trading and clearing model.
NYSE Liffe U.S. is a global, multi-asset class futures exchange. In addition to liquid mini-sized gold and silver futures, NYSE Liffe U.S. will become the sole U.S. exchange for MSCI-based index futures products on June 17, 2011. On or before this date, futures on two of MSCI's most widely tracked global benchmarks, MSCI Emerging Markets and MSCI EAFE, will cease trading on CME and migrate to NYSE Liffe U.S.