ISE Clean Water Index
The International Securities Exchange offers cash-settled options on its proprietary ISE Water Index (HHO). Index components include companies engaged in water distribution, water filtration, flow technology, and other water solutions.
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ETFs on HHO
In February 2007, ISE announced that it had entered into an agreement with First Trust Advisors L.P., an investment management firm, to create and list exchange-traded funds (ETFs) on the ISE Water Index.
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Background on water industry
Companies with exposure to the global water industry have recently emerged as a compelling investment themes. Increasing privatization of water system assets, an aging infrastructure, costly new regulatory guidelines, population increases in water-stressed regions, and industry consolidation have focused attention on companies with significant exposure to water. As a natural resource with no substitute, water is considered by many to have similar characteristics to oil -- available supply is limited, and demand will increase exponentially from expanding global population and industrial demand.
Components and weighting
With more than 30 underlying stocks in the index , it uses a modified market capitalization-weighted methodology to create a more uniform weight distribution. This prevents a few large component stocks from dominating the index but still promotes portfolio diversification by retaining the economic attributes of capitalization ranking. Semi-annual reviews and rebalancing events are used to “re-set” the weighting of each component such that each component has a proportionate influence on the index performance.
ISE Water Index Option Contract Overview
Full specifications can be found on the ISE web site.
|Trading hours||9:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. Eastern Time (New York time).|
|Expiration months||Four near-term months followed by one additional month from the March quarterly cycle (March, June, September and December).|
|Strike price intervals||At least $2.50.|
|Minimum trading increments||The minimum trading increment for an options contract trading at less than $3.00 is $0.05. The minimum trading increment for an options contract trading at $3.00 or higher is $0.10.|
As of Nov. 1, 2007, there are 31 ISE index options listed.
USFE ISE Water Index Futures Contract Overview
Underlying: ISE Water™ Index
|Contract Size||$100 per Index Point|
|Minimum Tick Size||0.05|
|Minimum Calender Spread Tick Size||0.01|
|Outright Tick Value||$5|
|Minimum Size for Block Trade||50 contracts|
|Mistrade Parameters||30 ticks|
|Reportable Positions||200 contracts|
|Position Limits / Accountability||Limits at 25,000 contracts|