Archive for January, 2007

Australia’s capital markets in 2007

January 22, 2007Andy No Comments »

2007 will be an innovative year in Australia’s financial sector. The ASX is set to launch exchange-traded Contracts for Difference. Since CFDs were introduced to the Australian market a few years ago the growth in the volume of contracts traded has been astonishing, no doubt at least partly due to the current bull market. This growth has also resulted in a significant increase in trading volumes of the underlying shares listed on the ASX, as the CFD providers hedge their exposures. So while the ASX has no doubt done well out of increased fees from trading, they obviously want to get a piece of the action for themselves. It will be interesting to see how their offering compares to the current leading CFD providers and how these providers will adapt to the new competition. I wonder if it will introduce opportunities for arbitrage? It also looks like the ASX will be one of the first exchanges to have listed CFDs, the only other that I have been able to find is the London Stock Exchange.

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