ICE Reports Record Futures Open Interest of 46.9 Million Contracts
February 23, 2021 at 08:30 AM EST
Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE:ICE), a leading operator of global exchanges and clearing houses and provider of mortgage technology, data and listings services, announced record Total Futures Open Interest on February 19, 2021.
ICE’s Brent futures contract, which serves as the global benchmark for crude oil, reached an all-time Open Interest record of approximately 2.76 million contracts on February 19, exceeding the previous record set in April 2020. Approximately 80% of the world’s traded crude is priced relative to Brent.
ICE’s Three Month Short Sterling contract, which is the benchmark for managing UK interest rate risk, set a record for total Open Interest of more than 19.9 million contracts across Futures and Options on February 19.
“These records reflect the extraordinary depth of liquidity that our global futures network offers,” said Ben Jackson, President of Intercontinental Exchange. “From global interest rates, to energy markets, to environmental markets, our solutions and technology connects customers every day to an extensive range of efficient and transparent risk management tools.”
About Intercontinental Exchange
Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE: ICE) is a Fortune 500 company and provider of marketplace infrastructure, data services and technology solutions to a broad range of customers including financial institutions, corporations and government entities. We operate regulated marketplaces, including the New York Stock Exchange, for the listing, trading and clearing of a broad array of derivatives contracts and financial securities across major asset classes. Our comprehensive data services offering supports the trading, investment, risk management and connectivity needs of customers around the world and across asset classes. As a leading technology provider for the U.S. residential mortgage industry, ICE Mortgage Technology provides the technology and infrastructure to transform and digitize U.S. residential mortgages, from application and loan origination through to final settlement.
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