FOW can reveal the first part of the results of its
Awards for Innovation 2009: the Awards for Exchanges, Clearing
Houses and Law Firms. The Awards for Banks, Brokers and FCMs
and for IT and Software Companies will be declared in
Futures and Options World’s Awards are
taking a different form this year. Rather than trying to pick
the best firms in various fields, we are highlighting one of
the most distinctive and vital aspects of the derivatives
markets: their capacity to innovate.
It is this ability, more than any other, that has fashioned
the market we know today – so radically different from
the one that existed even 20 years ago.
Financial innovation has acquired a bad name in some circles
in the past two years – and some innovations certainly
have caused huge problems. But that does not mean people should
shy away from trying to improve the way markets work, and even
from inventing new markets.
A willingness to try new things – indeed, a
constant search for improvements – will be even more
vital as the markets enter a phase of tighter regulation and
higher public prominence.
Indeed, two of the innovations featured in our Awards, the
Intercontinental Exchange’s European and US
clearing houses for credit default swaps, were created
specifically in response to a regulatory demand to derisk the
Each of FOW’s Awards for Innovation
2009 is for a specific project, product or market practice that
was both innovative and had a beneficial effect on the
To be eligible for these 2009 awards, each innovation had to
have been commercially introduced during the year from April
2008 to March 2009.
Companies submitted their projects in the form of a 500 word
statement, with up to two pages of supporting information.
These were then circulated to a panel of judges, all market
participants with relevant expertise, who decided the
FOW would like to thank our readers and contacts in
the market for their enthusiastic response to the Awards: the
companies that submitted nearly 50 innovations, and our expert
judges, who have given up their time to consider the
applications and choose the most worthy.
We hope you enjoy the Awards, which we believe constitute a
valuable analysis of a year of vibrant activity in the
derivative industry, by highlighting the developments that have
most impressed the market.
Click on Awards to read the results.