While the zero or near-zero interest rate policies of central banks around the developed world are continuing, trading of active cash treasuries and their corresponding futures products remains active and interest-rate futures markets both in the U.S. and Europe continue to grow and to add new products and new competition, according to a new study by the Aite Group, a financial industry research and advisory firm.

Aite reports that in 2010 the overall trading volume in global interest-rate futures returned to near pre-crash levels of over 3 billion contracts, not seen since September 2008.

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