Eurex Expands Basis Trading Facility to Include Liquid European Government Paper

Frankfurt, Germany - February 27, 2003 - As of March 3, Eurex, the international derivatives market, will expand its OTC basis trading facility to include selected euro bonds of the member states of the European Monetary Union. The world's leading derivatives exchange made the announcement on Thursday. The expansion of trading to include all liquid government paper of the European Monetary Union offers Eurex participants the greatest possible flexibility for the use of their basis-trade transactions in combination with the Eurex fixed-income futures: Euro Bund, Euro Bobl and Euro Schatz. Up to now, only German government bonds were admitted for basis trading.

This underscores the benchmark status of the German capital market futures for all basis trades or simultaneous cash and futures transactions in eurobonds.

With the basis trade functionality at Eurex, transactions concluded off-exchange in Eurex capital market futures against a simultaneous cash transaction in fixed-income bonds can be executed on the exchange. The resulting positions in Eurex capital market futures are cleared and settled by
Eurex Clearing AG like futures traded on the exchange. Only debt securities with a remaining or total maturity of at least one year and a nominal value of at least two billion euros are eligible for use in combination with Euro Bund, Euro Bobl and Euro Schatz futures at Eurex.

Press contacts:
Walter Allwicher, Uwe Velten
Tel: + 49-69-21 01-1500

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