New Kospi volatility futures register low volumes

South Korea becomes fifth Asia country to launch volatility futures

Korea Exchange
Korea Exchange, home to recently launched Kospi volatility futures

Volatility futures on the Kospi 200 index received mixed investor interest with institutional clients largely absent and dealers saying that onerous barriers on retail participation will prevent that segment of the market from expanding. The average daily volume of volatility futures traded in the launch week was 150–200 contracts.

A busy week for the Korea Exchange saw the launch of sector futures, exchange-traded notes and V-Kospi futures. The number of new product launches and unfamiliarity o

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