A New Era of Financial Futures Trading in Germany: Sweeping Changes in the Legal and Business Environment

Hey, Friedrich E.F. | January 1, 1989

Trading in futures has increased dramatically in recent years. This is especially true for financial futures. The two main reasons for this phenomenon are: (1) there is a greater need for hedging against price fluctuations; and (2) financial futures trading provides speculators with the opportunity to transform favorable price developments into quick and large profits. This Article examines the recently enacted legislation governing futures trading in the Federal Republic of Germany, distinguishes the new law from the old, and analyzes the impact the new legislation will have on the functioning of the new German futures exchange.