Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and Euronext were last
week said to have held talks over a possible merger between the
two exchanges, sparking debate as to the possibility of a
single short term interest rate (STIR) derivatives platform as
part of a CME/Euronext Liffe joint venture.
CME CEO Craig Donohue added to the speculation during a
speech given at a capital markets conference last week, saying,
"If there was a large universal exchange that has a futures
market with a derivatives product line, we might find ourselves
interested in something like that, certainly."
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