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The Futures and Options Association celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2013, and during its lifetime the derivatives market has expanded to become the most powerful and pervasive risk-management tool in the global financial system, providing companies and governments with the means to hedge trillions of dollars of positions in interest rates, securities, currencies and commodities.
FOA Derivatives 2013 explores the reshaped derivatives marketplace that is emerging from the various regulatory initiatives, devised with the aim of making over-the-counter trading safer following the financial crisis that saw the collapse of several leading institutions. For some, the changes represent a challenge to traditional revenue streams, previous ways of doing business and economic participation of the markets, but for many they represent a revolution of ideas and competition, and the chance to move derivatives trading into the mainstream.
The publication, which was launched at the International Derivatives Expo (IDX) in London, features forewords from FOA chairman Steve Sparke and chief executive Anthony Belchambers.