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will futures ever discontinue?

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I'm not sure if you mean futures in general or specific future markets.

Specific futures can easily go away. An example would be the NYMEX Gasoline Contract (HU). The Federal specification rules for Gasoline changed in such a way to make the contract obsolete and it was eventually delisted and replaced with an RBOB Contract. (RB)

With regards to futures in general, I think it's unlikely but possible. If it does happen though they will probably be replaced with something else. Ten years ago, the swap market was huge, now it's completely gone in some commodities - but it was replaced by 'cleared futures' that trade OTC and not exchange.

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