This book covers the aspects of financial futures markets with particular reference to the thriving exchanges of the Asia-Pacific region. The authors have been analyzing and commenting on the Australian and New Zealand financial scenes since the 1970s, the book aims to explain the basic principles of futures trading and details the contracts listed on different exchanges. A glossary of terms used in futures trading opens the book, followed by a brief history of futures markets and an outline of how the markets operate. Subsequent chapters cover hedging in interest rate, share price index and currency futures, as well as speculation and technical analysis. The exchanges described include the Sydney Futures Exchange, the oldest in the region, Singapore's "SIMEX", the Hong Kong Futures Exchange, the New Zealand Futures and Options Exchange and the three exchanges in Japan that trade futures, particularly the highly successful, three-year-old Tokyo International Financial Futures Exchange.