CHICAGO (HedgeWorld.com)–Spanish and Italian regulators gave clearance recently for traders in those countries to begin using the Eurex U.S. trading platform.

That brings to 14 the number of countries whose traders have access to Eurex U.S.

Spain’s Comisi?? 1/2 n Nacional del Mercado de Valores will require market participants there to apply for authorization to trade on the Eurex U.S. platform before they can trade, according to a statement from Eurex U.S. officials.

Eurex U.S. also has begun an incentive program for European market makers. It is designed to promote liquidity in Eurex U.S. contracts during European trading hours and enhance connections between European and U.S. traders interested in U.S. Treasury futures.

The Eurex U.S. exchange currently lists futures and options on two-, five- and 10-year Treasury notes and on 30-year Treasury bonds. Exchange officials said they plan to expand their offerings to include Euro-denominated interest rates and indexes and U.S. indexes pending approval of international regulators.

CClair@HedgeWorld.com

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