Exchanges eye weather

New exchanges are entering the weather risk arena despite Liffe’s failure to successfully market its European weather futures. But while the US exchanges appear bullish, European entrants are treading cautiously. Paul Lyon reports

Last year, Eurex, the Swiss-German derivatives exchange, started publishing temperature indexes for 30 European cities as a prelude to its entrance into the exchange-traded weather derivatives market. But it soon changed its plans. “Weather derivatives are a cute and nice idea,” a Eurex spokesman said, “but there is no customer demand for the product.”

Now it has made another dramatic U-turn. Eurex is again considering launching exchange-traded weather derivatives, although it still has

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