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Single stock features

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US derivatives exchanges are pinning their hopes on a product that has been illegal there for nearly two decades: single stock futures. These allow investors to take leveraged long- or short-positions on single stocks or on narrowly-based stock indexes. Canadian, UK and Hong Kong derivatives exchanges have all launched futures on US stocks in the past two years – with tepid results – seeking to grab market share before US lawmakers removed their prohibition on the instruments. US Congress fi

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