On shaky foundations

Property derivatives


A peculiarity of the US real estate sector is that this huge asset class has always lacked a derivatives market. Now, however, both the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) are developing derivatives contracts focusing on the residential segment of the overall $21.6 trillion property market.

These efforts, combined with the execution of what is thought to be the first over-the-counter trade in December 2005, suggest the US property derivatives market may

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