The first regulated, exchanged-traded risk management tool to manage water supply and demand risk.
Based on the NQH2O Index, the leading benchmark tracking the price of water at its source, with data backed by market leader, WestWater Research.
Small contract size allows for easy access to manage water price exposure. Trade on-screen five days a week or negotiate bilateral block trades anytime.
Robust, transparent markets foster true price discovery for participants.
The Nasdaq Veles California Water Index (ticker symbol: NQH2O) tracks the price of water rights leases and sales transactions across the five largest and most actively traded regions in California. Water entitlement transactions from the surface water market and four adjudicated groundwater basins ‒the Central Basin, the Chino Basin, the Main San Gabriel Basin, and the Mojave Basin Alto Subarea are included in the index. The value of the index reflects the volume-weighted average price of water, at the source, excluding conveyance costs and water losses in the underlying markets after adjusting for idiosyncratic pricing factors specific to each of the eligible markets and transaction types. NQH20 is valued in US dollars per acre foot (the volume of water required to cover one acre of land (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot, equivalent to 325,851 gallons)
|CONTRACT NAME||Nasdaq Veles California Water Index futures|
|CONTRACT UNIT||10 acre feet x NQH2O Index|
|PRICE QUOTATION||US dollars per acre foot|
|CONTRACT MONTHS||Eight consecutive quarterly contracts (Mar, Jun, Sept Dec) plus nearest two serial months|
|MINIMUM PRICE FLUCTUATION||Outrights: $1.00 per acre foot equal to $10.00 per contract
Calendar spreads: $0.25 per acre foot equal to $2.50 per contract
|TRADING HOURs AND VENUE||Globex: Sunday - Friday 5:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CT with a 60-minute break each day beginning at 4:00 p.m.
ClearPort: Sunday 5:00 p.m. - Friday 5:45 p.m. CT with a 15-minute maintenance window Monday - Thursday from 5:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. CT
|SETTLEMENT METHOD||Financially settled|
|BLOCK TRADE MINIMUM THRESHOLD||25 contracts|
|LAST TRADING DAY||Business day prior to Final Settlement Day|
|FINAL SETTLEMENT DAY||Third Wednesday of the contract month if a CME business day, otherwise the next business day|
|FINAL SETTLEMENT PRICE||Closing NQH2O price on Final Settlement Day rounded to the nearest $0.01.|
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