CME Group to launch new China portside iron ore futures
International derivatives marketplace CME Group today announced that it will launch two new China portside iron ore futures contracts on January 10, 2022, pending all relevant regulatory reviews.
These contracts will be financially-settled based on assessments for portside prices published by Argus Media. The Iron Ore China Portside Fines CNH fot Qingdao (Argus) futures contract will settle to the Argus PCX 62% Fe Portside Iron Ore Index and is quoted in CNH per wet metric ton, while the Iron Ore China Portside Fines USD Seaborne Equivalent (Argus) futures contract will settle to the Argus PCX Seaborne equivalent index and is quoted in USD per dry metric ton.
The first internationally traded derivatives linked to China’s portside prices, these new contracts are specifically designed to help market participants manage their risk to the price of iron ore traded at Qingdao Port in China. They also represent the latest tools launched to establish a forward curve for a key transactional point of the ferrous metals supply chain, complementing the existing seaborne Iron Ore 62% Fe, CFR China (TSI) futures and options contracts in CME Group’s iron ore product suite.
“As Chinese portside markets have emerged as a key indicator of price trends in the seaborne iron ore market, we have seen increased demand for new tools to help our customers manage their price risk more effectively,” said Young-Jin Chang, Managing Director and Global Head of Metals at CME Group. “These new contracts are complementary to our existing ferrous suite of products and provide a way for customers to manage their exposure to landed iron ore cargo prices on-shore in China.”