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Asia Agricultural markets turn to regional liquidity

A growing number of Asia-based clients are participating in our exchange-traded Agriculture markets, particularly our benchmark Soybean Meal, Soybean Oil, Corn, Soybean, and Wheat futures markets.

Commercial hedgers have expressed a preference to be able to manage price risk for these trade flows during the Asia trading day, but a lack of liquidity made doing so a challenge. The higher trading volumes and tighter traded markets in the Asia day has made greater participation possible from the region.

This has created consistent futures trading volumes during the Asia time zone at competitive bid/ask spreads rather than relying on the U.S. traded markets to execute traded volumes. This deepening in liquidity provides a platform for clients operating in Asia time zone to better manage price risk.

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Source: CME Group

An active year for Calendar Spread options

Calendar Spread options had the highest ADV ever in 2022, with over 2K trading a day and the highest average open interest of 72K contracts. With Corn and Soybeans trading at an inverse for most of 2022, market participants have traded Calendar Spread options in record fashion.

Calendar Spread Options offer alternative hedging capabilities compared to standard options, and can provide a more precise hedge against adverse movements in price spreads. They provide a better risk management device for hedgers and market participants exposed to calendar spread risks.

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Source: CME Group

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