Foreign Traders Increase Market Share in Tokyo Commodity Exchange

The Tokyo Commodity Exchange, the largest and most diverse commodity derivatives trading venue in Japan, has reported that the proportion of international investors transacting on the exchange has increased significantly with December 2014’s figures showing 46.8% of total volumes. The figure highlights the venue’s commitment on creating an open market place for global traders. The total number of orders, both long and short, was positive for overseas participants, thus supporting the venue’s notion of internationalization. The firm commented about its extension plans in its midterm management plan issued in March 2014, stating: “Intensifying competition with other exchanges in Japan and overseas (is part of its objectives).” The venue has seen cumulative growth in its overseas segment since launching the popular X_Trader platform in 2009, achieving a strong position with global traders. International markets have been on the agenda for the venue for a long time, as was reiterated by the current CEO Tadashi Ezaki, pictured, in his New Year message: “We will continue to promote our market to a diverse set of market participants, including retail investors, commercials and international participants. We will continue to improve the range of listed commodities to meet investor needs and carry on with educational … continue reading

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