CHICAGO (HedgeWorld)–Despite years of debate and anticipation, despite the completion this summer of the necessary regulatory framework, nobody yet can say when security futures (i.e. single-stock futures or narrow-based indexes) will be available to investors through any U.S.-based exchange.
“The hope is for this fall, but that is not a guarantee,” said Mary Haffenberg, communications director for OneChicago LLC.
OneChicago will employ a system of lead market makers in the expectation of ensuring liquid markets and tight spreads. In a recent interview for Wall Street & Technology, OneChicago’s chief executive, William Rainer, said that his exchange’s products would not be launched simultaneously, but phased in. He said that he expects that on day one there will be only 15 to 20 products, then “if the technology is humming” another 20 will appear a couple of days later, then still another–reaching the full complement of 100 instruments over a two to three week period.
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