FTSE RUSSELL INDEX DERIVATIVES

FTSE Index futures and options are market-capitalisation weighted indexes of UK-listed blue chip companies and were first introduced on the Liffe market in 1984. The contracts have experienced three decades of growth since inception and continue to provide the UK’s most liquid and successful index futures and options benchmark.

ICE Futures U.S. offers futures and futures options on the Russell 2000 and 1000 indexes which are offered in a mini size contract (with the contract value calculated at $100 x index value). The Russell contracts are available for trading 22 hours a day.

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2016 - A STRONG YEAR FOR U.K. INDEX DERIVATIVES

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Ade Cordell, Global head of equity derivatives, looks at the key drivers beyond these numbers.

BREXIT VOTE DRIVES GROWTH IN FTSE FUTURES

With Brexit dominating the UK agenda in 2016 it’s no surprise that volumes were strong in FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 index futures products.

The uncertainty, both pre and post the EU referendum vote, coupled with a weaker currency helped to drive volumes and open interest in the benchmark FTSE 100 index future which saw volumes increase by 14% and open interest by 46% on 2015.