SINGAPORE - The Singapore Mercantile Exchange (SMX) will roll out new gold and silver futures contracts next month and is also looking at rubber and sugar contracts, its chief executive said yesterday, as the fledgling bourse moves further to boost liquidity.
SMX, owned by India's Financial Technologies, is hoping to capitalise on the brisk trading interest in gold and silver futures contracts traded in India, the world's biggest gold consumer, and give potential players the opportunity to hedge via the new contracts.
SMX CEO Vaidyalingam Hariharan told Reuters that the dollar-denominated E-Gold and E-Silver contracts, to be launched on May 8, will be cash-settled against the benchmark gold and silver futures contracts in India, run by its sister company, Multi Commodity Exchange.
"We are providing an alternative market because China and India are closed markets," he said in an interview.
"People generally import gold in US dollars so it makes sense for them to hedge their risk in the same currency," he said.
The Shanghai Futures Exchange, China's biggest metals bourse, is looking at launching silver futures within the year, as part of the city's ambitions to become an international financial centre by 2020.
Established in August 2010, SMX said trading volumes on all its contracts surged to more than 800,000 lots in the first quarter of the year, valued at nearly US$30 billion (S$37 billion), from around 37,000 lots in the same period last year.
SMX currently offers 13 contracts, including gold and silver, based on New York prices. Other futures contracts include iron ore, oil, copper, currencies and black pepper.