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Prepared Remarks of Gary Gensler, Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Before the American Bar Association Derivatives and Futures Law Committee Virtual Mid-Year Program

Gary Gensler SEC Chair

Thank you for the kind introduction. It’s good to be back with the American Bar Association’s Derivatives and Futures Law Committee.

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TP ICAP to Launch Crypto Trading Platform with Fidelity and Standard Chartered

TP ICAP, a leading provider of market infrastructure, is to launch an innovative wholesale trading platform for cryptoassets, working in collaboration with Fidelity Digital AssetsSM, Zodia Custody and Flow Traders.

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CME Group to Launch Micro WTI Futures on July 12

Peter Keavey, Global Head of Energy Products at CME Group Micro WTI futures

CME Group, announced it will expand its suite of micro-sized futures contracts with the introduction of Micro WTI futures. The contracts are expected to launch on July 12, pending regulatory review.

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Cboe Options Exchange to Extend Global Trading Hours for VIX and SPX Options to Nearly 24 Hours-a-Day

CBOE VIX

CBOE announced plans to extend the global trading hours session (GTH) for its S&P 500 Index options (SPX) and Cboe Volatility Index (VIX) options to nearly 24 hours

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ASIC bans the sale of binary options to retail clients

Banking Code ASIC binary options

ASIC has made a product intervention order banning the issue and distribution of binary options to retail clients.

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ASIC’s CFD product intervention order takes effect

CFD's

ASIC’s product intervention order imposing conditions on the issue and distribution of contracts for difference (CFDs) to retail clients takes effect from today.

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CME Group to Launch Micro Bitcoin Futures on May 3

Micro Bitcoin Futures

CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced it will expand its suite of crypto derivatives with the introduction of a new Micro Bitcoin futures contract on May 3, pending regulatory review

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Murban Crude Oil Futures – ADM

Murban Crude Oil Futures - ADM

The Murban Crude Oil Future is a physically delivered contract, basis FOB Fujairah (ADNOC) loading terminal, UAE. The futures contract will provide users with an effective hedging instrument for Arab Gulf crude oil

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MiFID II position limit regime

MIFID II

The EU has recently adopted amendments to the position limit regime for commodity derivatives in Directive 2014/65/EU (MiFID II), which in Norway has been implemented in Chapter 15 of the Securities Trading Act.

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Data Spotlight – US options volume nearly doubles over the last 12 months

record options trading

In February 2021, single stock options on US options exchanges reached a total volume of 572.4 million contracts, an increase of 91.3% from February 2020. That growth comes after a significant increase in the prior year, too, with a 51.8% year-over-year increase between February 2020 and February 2019.

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