London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange

 

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London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange

A futures and options exchange, located in London, which originally dealt only in financial instruments including equities (shares), government bonds, indices (such as the FTSE 100 Index) interest rates and a wide range of currencies. In 1996, LIFFE merged with the London Commodity Exchange with unified administration and exchange systems. All trades of the merged exchange are guaranteed by the London Clearing House (LCH). LIFFE is a Recognised Investment Exchange (RIE), regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA).



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