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SGX pioneered the world’s first cleared iron ore swap in 2009. Today, the market has grown to over two billion metric tonnes of futures and options annually, trading at 1.5 times the size of the underlying physical market. As the key ingredient in steel production, iron ore has proven to be an effective proxy for the Chinese, as well as the global macro economy. It has also been one of the best performing major commodities in the world in terms of price and returns over the last few years.

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A recent chat with our team in Brazil brought to light a surge in interest for the Aggregator widget among TT® platform users there. The uptick, driven by customers who are aggregating the standard and mini size contracts of products that trade on Brazil’s B3, illustrates just how powerful Aggregator is when looking to attain the best potential execution price across a product suite.

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CurveGlobal launched in 2016 with lofty goals: to drive competition, reduce costs and fuel execution innovation in the interest rates futures markets. The exchange, a joint venture founded by the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) in partnership with several large banks and Cboe, recorded its first notable volume surge in 2019 after the introduction of MiFID II. Now with the market transitioning from LIBOR to SONIA, results are again setting new records. Volume and open interest hit peak levels in Q1 and although Q2 results aren’t available yet, the exchange reported “upward trends are expected to continue.”

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As the investing world talks about an emerging supercycle, we’re bringing forward a commodity expert to discuss his outlook on the commodity markets. Tim Pickering is Founder, President and CIO of Auspice, a quantitative investment strategy specialist firm based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Auspice, which leverages both TT screens and APIs, employs a scientific research process to create rules-based investment strategies that put the volatility created by human behavior to good use. Tim talked with us about his career, Auspice’s unique market position and how the firm utilizes the TT platform to capitalize on market inefficiencies. You can find Tim on Twitter at @AuspiceTim.

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