trading briefsThis article was originally published in The Public Ledger
RUSSIAN exchange operator RTS's launch of cash-settled futures for raw sugar has started well. In the first two weeks of trading since the October 25 launch, daily trading volumes grew more than 20-fold. Market turnover in raw sugar futures increased to 3,243 contracts per day as of November, from 147 lots on the first day. This meant the first two weeks of trading was valued as Rbs345m ($11.2m). Evgeny Serdyukov, director of the futures and options market at derivatives arm OJSC RTS, said globally raw sugar futures are one of the most highly demanded for hedgers and private traders due to the very high levels of volatility and thus risk.