The JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa aims to give a boost to a lifeless exchange-traded derivatives market by trading the underlying cash instruments and derivatives side by side. Edward Russell-Walling reports.

The South African bond market – at least, the government bond market – is one of the most liquid in the world. So it is hardly in need of competition to pep it up. Yet competition is what it is about to get – not because of any shortcomings in the bond trade itself, rather as an attempt to waken a lifeless exchange-traded derivatives market.

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