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INTEREST RATE MARKETS

The US Treasury Bond market is one of the most closely watched markets in the world. An interest rate futures contract leverages an interest-bearing instrument as the underlying asset. Since the introduction of financial futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in 1972, the importance of futures in transferring financial risk has been proven by the explosive growth in the market. The vast array of CME allows professionals to manage interest rate risks with its active futures markets for 2-, 5-, 10- and 30-year U.S. Treasuries.

Investors can use interest rate futures contracts to hedge against interest rate risk, or interest rate futures can be used to speculate and, by incurring a risk, attempt to profit from rising or falling interest rates. Whether you are a speculator or a hedger, this section on interest rate futures contains a wealth of valuable information. Before trading interest rate futures and options you should contact an experienced broker to discuss market risk and opportunities.