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  • Outlook for an electronic exchange

     
     

    LIFFE is the largest electronic exchange in the world in terms of value, and has the potential to cope with substantially higher trading volumes. Depending on market demand it could also be expanded to incorporate acceptance of electronic warehouse warrants for tendering purposes. Clearing of physical coffee against futures (against actuals) is already available.

    Through electronic documentation systems as Bolero (See 06, E-commerce and supply chain management) it is theoretically also possible to link coffee purchases in origin countries and the subsequent export shipments with the relevant hedging positions on the exchange. Such additions are of interest especially to the banking system that finances such operations but would require considerable further development.  See 10, Risk.

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