The IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) has just announced that it is launching two new futures contracts; for the Indian rupee(INR) and Brazilian real (BRL). The arrival of the rupee trading makes the ICE the first US exchange to offer futures trading in the currency. The products are cash settled futures and extends the ICE’s presence of exotic global currencies that include trading in the Colombian peso, Hungarian forint, and Czech koruna along with its Dollar Index franchise.

INTERCONTINENTALEXCHANGE INTRODUCES NEW FX PRODUCTS; FIRST U.S. EXCHANGE TO OFFER INDIAN RUPEE FUTURES CONTRACT

NEW YORK, Nov. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — IntercontinentalExchange (NYSE: ICE), a leading operator of global markets and clearing houses, announced today it will launch two new cash-settled foreign exchange futures contracts on ICE Futures U.S. for the trade date of Monday, January 28, 2013. The new contracts are:
Currency Pair Exchange Symbol Contract Size
Indian rupee / U.S. dollar KIU 2,000,000 rupee
Brazil real / U.S. dollar KBX 100,000 real

“The addition of the Indian rupee and Brazilian real futures contracts recognizes the significant and increasing commercial importance of these nations,” said ICE Futures U.S. Vice President Ray McKenzie. “In particular, interest in emerging market non-deliverable forward currencies from a range of market participants, including CTAs and funds, has been growing in recent years.”

The Indian rupee futures contract offered by ICE is the first U.S. exchange futures contract on this currency.  ”As the first U.S. exchange to list a rupee contract, we are offering customers the ease of doing business in a regulated futures environment for execution and clearing,” added McKenzie.

ICE offers more than 60 FX futures contracts, including the industry benchmark ICE U.S. Dollar Index®, the most widely recognized benchmark for the value of the U.S. Dollar. The new contracts further enhance the suite of currency products ICE offers to market participants, providing additional tools for currency risk management and capital efficient position margining.

The contracts will be listed on the ICE platform, which features sub-millisecond execution speeds, and are eligible for the waiver of exchange and clearing fees for electronically-executed currency pair futures which extends into 2013. The contracts also are available for exchange-for-physical (EFP) transactions and block trading. There are no EFP surcharges beyond the standard exchange and clearing fees of $0.30 per contract side for emerging market currencies.

About IntercontinentalExchange
IntercontinentalExchange (NYSE: ICE) is a leading operator of regulated futures exchanges and over-the-counter markets for agricultural, credit, currency, emissions, energy and equity index contracts. ICE Futures Europe hosts trade in half of the world’s crude and refined oil futures. ICE Futures U.S. and ICE Futures Canada list agricultural, currencies and Russell Index markets. ICE is also a leading operator of central clearing services for the futures and over-the-counter markets, with five regulated clearing houses across North America and Europe. ICE serves customers in more than 70 countries. www.theice.com