10/15/2010 08:19 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Asian Derivatives Trading Levels Now Higher Than North America

Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) -- The Asia-Pacific has overtaken North America as the world's biggest derivatives market amid increasing demand for futures and options contracts in the region's fast-growing economies.

Derivatives contracts traded in Asia-Pacific accounted for 38 percent of the global total in the six months to June, according to data from the Washington-based Futures Industry Association. That compares with 33 percent in North America, it said.

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