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Equity Index Highlights - August 2019 edition

Release date: 12 Aug 2019 | Eurex Exchange

Equity Index Highlights - August 2019 edition

Market briefing 

Global equity markets generally drifted for most of July before finishing weakly. The focus recently has been towards the extraordinary fixed income landscape that sees new records on the notional of negative yielding debt. This not only spans government debt and investment grade credit but also some corners of the ‘high-yield’ universe. It’s clear irony, but also a worrying distortion brought about by years of accommodative central bank policy.

All this has led to a certain mistrust of conventional investment markets and a spike in year-on-year demand for derivative hedging. We saw significant increases in volumes across all our benchmark derivative products: EURO STOXX 50®, Banks sector, DAX® and mini-DAX®, VSTOXX® and the SMI®. We also introduced Stock Tracking Futures on the largest 50 European blue-chips, a product designed for clients looking to extract the pure equity performance by adjusting for dividends. And, for our heavily traded Banks sector futures, we reduced the calendar tick size. The purpose here is to reduce the costs for open interest holders who roll passively.

Looking ahead, there are once again some red flags in alternative asset classes: gold is at multi-year highs, bitcoin has enjoyed a strong bounce off the bottom and equity markets feel as fragile as ever to any negative Presidential tweets! In this current environment we can expect demand for derivative hedging on Eurex to remain elevated.

Zubin Ramdarshan, Head of Equity & Index Product Design, Eurex


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Ticking the box: tick size reduction for futures calendar spreads for EURO STOXX®/STOXX® Europe 600-Banks Futures
 
On 22 July 2019 Eurex will reduce the tick size for standardized futures strategies (futures calendar spreads) for the EURO STOXX®/STOXX® Europe 600-Banks Futures (FESB/FSTB). We spoke to Zubin Ramdarshan, head of Equity & Index Product Design at Eurex, about the planned change.

  
Hedge Funds Club: interview with Flow Traders on our MSCI offering
 
The Hedge Funds Club had a chat with Roeland Pot, Managing Director of Flow Traders in Hong Kong about the derivatives markets, changing regulations and new business opportunities. The interview was first published on the Hedge Funds Club website on 15 July in partnership with Eurex.
 
 
Removing risk components from single stock futures with Eurex’s new Stock Tracking Futures

On 29 July, Eurex launched Stock Tracking Futures on all the EURO STOXX 50® index components. We spoke to Sascha Semroch, product developer in Equity & Index Product Design
at Eurex, about the new futures.


ESG Market Briefing
 


Our STOXX® Europe 600 ESG futures have facilitated trading and hedging of socially responsible investment portfolios and are an important step in the construction and easy implementation of ESG mandates. These unique ESG futures are also essential to create opportunities for asset managers to retain flexibility when managing cash within ESG funds. By late July 2019, open interest in ESG futures has grown to an open interest value of 786 million euros. Read more

Introduction of 43 Single Stock Dividend Futures
 
On 15 July, Eurex launched 43 additional Single Stock Dividend Futures, bringing the total number of available futures to 221. With the additional futures, Eurex enables investors to manage and hedge dividend exposure far beyond the traditional blue-chip stocks.
 
 
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The Cloud Prisma Margin Estimator (Cloud PME) is Eurex Clearing’s cloud-based solution for margin simulations under Prisma, Eurex Clearing’s margin methodology. The service is free of charge and specifically tailored for end users who wish to simulate margin requirements for Exchange Traded Derivatives (ETDs) or OTC interest rate swaps with or without cross margining.

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Events


After the successful forums in Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Paris, we are now heading for Stockholm!

Impact investing, technological advancements, regulation and geopolitical developments are rapidly changing our industry. We will touch on this paradigm shift at our Stockholm Derivatives Forum 2019. Topics of discussions are the impact of ESG and the evolution of the European financial markets landscape. Register now to join us in Stockholm on 5 September.


FISL Europe, 24 September, Paris
 
What is the growth potential of Total Return Futures? Should securities finance turn to cleared futures? What is the value of bilateral vs. centrally cleared? Stuart Heath, Director, Equity and Index Product Research and Development at Eurex will cover these topics at the Finadium Securities Lending Conference in Paris on 24 September. Join him at 3:30 p.m. for the topic: "Total Return Futures and Total Return Swaps”
 


 

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