Interest in IEM Increasing

Investors' intense focus on the election is reflected in the burgeoning interest in markets run by the University of Iowa and by TradeSports, of Dublin, Ireland, which offer futures based on President George Bush's and Sen. John Kerry's chances of winning. University of Iowa Prof. THOMAS RIETZ says interest in the Iowa political markets has "cranked up this election," with volume this September more than five times what it was in September 2000.