Taiwan Futures Exchange

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Taiwan Futures Exchange (Taifex)
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Founded 1997
Headquarters Taipei, Taiwan
Key People Tony C. Fan, Chairman; Peter Chiu, President
Products Futures and options on equity indexes; options on equities; futures on government bonds and interest rates, and gold futures
Website www.taifex.com

The Taiwan Futures Exchange (TAIFEX) is a 100 percent electronic trading marketplace that currently offers futures and options on major Taiwan stock indices, government bond futures, equity options and 30-day commercial paper interest rate futures.[1] It offers interface compatibility for foreign FCMs to connect to the market. Foreign investors can participate in the TAIFEX futures market through direct accounts and omnibus accounts. The TAIFEX Clearing House is a department of the Exchange.

The Taiwan Futures Exchange ranked as the world's 21st-largest derivatives exchange by volume in 2012, moving down two positions from the previous year. Total volumes for the year were down 14.4% from 2011, according to the Futures Industry Association's latest volume rankings for 2012.[2] The FIA report, published in March of 2013, states that the total amount of futures and options traded on the exchange was over 156.7 million contracts.


TAIFEX was established in 1997 and began trading in July 1998.

TAIFEX was issued a Part 30 exemption by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission on March 23, 2007, which allows foreign boards of trade to solicit and accept orders from U.S. customers without registering with the CFTC.[3] The exemption allows designated TAIFEX members to market TAIFEX products in U.S. directly to the U.S. investors and indicates that TAIFEX has met with the international standards. In October 2011, TAIFEX became a full member of the World Federation of Exchanges.[4]

In October 2012, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with NYSE Euronext to connect their respective customer bases in Asia, Europe and the U.S. through NYSE Euronext’s order routing system, and to explore additional ties.[5]

In February 2013, TAIFEX entered into a deal with Germany's Eurex to establish a link between the two exchanges, beginning with the ability to trade and clear derivatives based on the TAIEX equity index. [6] Then, on December 27, 2013, Eurex assumed a five percent stake in TAIFEX with the purchase of 12.92 million shares of the exchange from Yuanta Financial Holdings. The deal, which is awaiting regulatory approval, is valued at $42 million.[7] Starting in May 2014, Eurex and TAIFEX plan to list daily futures based on futures and options on the Taiwanese blue-chip index TAIEX for the first time after Taiwanese trading hours at Eurex Exchange.

Annual Volumes

Year Total Annual Volume Percent Change World Ranking
2012 156,731,912 (-) 14.4% 21
2011 182,995,171 (+) 30.9% 19
2010 139,792,891 (+) 3.5% 17
2009 135,125,695 (-) 1.2% 18


Key People


  1. About Us. Taiwan Futures Exchange.
  2. Volume Survey. FIA.
  3. Foreign Part 30. TAIFEX.
  4. Taiwan Futures Exchange Becomes Full Member Of The World Federation Of Exchanges. MondoVisione.
  5. NYSE Euronext and Taiwan Futures Exchange Sign Memorandum of Understanding. TAIFEX.
  6. TAIFEX broadens international reach with Eurex deal. The Trade News.
  7. Taiwan Futures Exchange Gets International Boost with Eurex Shareholding. Forex Magnates.