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Long-duration housing-price derivatives debut

Housing futures contracts to extend out five years

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The Chicago Mercantile Exchange last week announced that housing futures and options contracts based on the S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price and Composite Indices would be extended out to five years. Trading of these contracts is scheduled to begin on Sept. 17. Contract months extending out 18 months will be listed on a quarterly cycle of February, May, August and November. Contracts listed 19 to 36 months out will be available on a biannual schedule of May and November contracts. An annual November listing schedule will apply to contracts listed 37 to 60 months out into the future. The CME began listing housing futures and options in May 2006. The 10 cities include Boston, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., in addition to the composite index containing all 10 cities. These short-duration contracts have been very thinly traded compared to mature markets like commodities and foreign exchange. The s...