Malaysia launches bond futures

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The Malaysia Derivatives Exchange (MDEX) has launched a new five-year bond futures contract, aimed at bolstering liquidity and improving transparency in the country’s burgeoning bond market. But the contract is likely to be traded chiefly by financial institutions in the short-term, with many Malaysian institutional investors still prohibited from hedging with derivatives, say market participants.

The contract began trading on March 29, marking the exchange’s first foray into listed bond futures

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