They are only one year old, but our Micro Futures on DAX®, EURO STOXX 50® and SMI® have already developed very well. Launched in response to increasing interest from market participants in a smaller futures contract, these products have low daily margin rates and offer global investors cost-efficient access to the European equity index futures markets.
We have seen good order book liquidity and daily trading volumes in all time zones over the past year: the Average Daily Volume in 2022 increased significantly to around 43,000 contracts. On high-volume days, we have even seen trading volumes of close to 100,000, reflecting the high demand in times of uncertainty.
Investor demand for smaller futures has increased significantly for some time. With the launch of micro contracts, we have responded to this trend, granting all investors access to highly transparent, price-efficient and liquid markets. The Micro Futures also offer market participants additional trading opportunities, such as hedging to manage their European market exposure.
The Micros are just one example of how we mastermind the most efficient derivatives landscape by pioneering innovative products and infrastructures by building ‘smart’ into technology – offering a broad range of international benchmark products, operating the most liquid fixed income markets in the world and featuring open and low-cost electronic access. True to our mission to create better markets.
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