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Understanding Eurodollar Futures
The Eurodollar futures contract is the most widely traded and versatile interest rate futures product in the world. It provides a valuable, cost-effective tool for hedging interest rate fluctuations on Eurodollars – U.S. dollars deposited in commercial banks outside the United States. Eurodollar deposits play a major role in the international capital market, and have long served as a benchmark interest rate for corporate funding.
Eurodollars are time deposits denominated in U.S. dollars that are deposited in commercial banks outside the U.S., and they have long served as a benchmark interest rate for corporate funding.
The Eurodollar futures contract, developed and introduced by CME in 1981, represents an interest rate on a three-month deposit of $1 million. The Eurodollar futures contract is now the most actively traded futures contract in the world. Open interest in the contract recently surpassed four million.