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Record Achievements in Latin American Currency Futures Trading: Investors Turn to Derivatives for Risk Management and Continued Growth


Feb 12, 2024
Currency risk and high rates are the main focus of hedging contracts

In 2024, financial coverage for retail and institutional investors, such as Afores or investment funds, will focus on the exchange rate (peso-dollar) and interest rates, predicts José Miguel de Dios, general director of the Mexican Derivatives Market (MexDer). The director of the derivatives exchange in Mexico assured that in this election year and interest rate movements, investors will use exchange rate and interest rate futures or options to cover their risks of shocks in the exchange rate, to pay for inputs, a loan or to protect an investment.

Amid greater liquidity and broader client participation, Mexican peso futures contracts on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Group reached a record average daily volume in 2023. The continued growth of the Mexican economy, combined with the current interest rate environment, is leading more clients to trade currency futures at CME Group. As client participation continues to increase, they are focused on creating and maintaining continued liquidity that will support the long-term development of electronic foreign exchange markets in Latin America. The Mexican peso ended 2023 as the best year in its history, with a gain of 13 percent against the US currency.

Bernardo Gattass, head of volatility trading at Itaú explained that many large global institutional investors would do well to add CME Group to their lists of price providers for Latin American currencies so that they can take advantage of the liquidity provided by both global market makers as well as local ones. He gave an example of currency futures operations in Latin America in 2023: Mexican peso contracts reached a record $1.8 billion in average daily volume (ADV) of equivalent reference value while Brazilian real futures also reached an all-time high of $300 million in equivalent benchmark ADV.

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