July marked the start of the traditional summer slowdown at
the big four derivatives exchanges, with volumes falling
slightly from June. The upward trend on last year's figures was
maintained, however, keeping well on course for another record
The slowdown was most pronounced in Europe, with volumes on
Eurex and Liffe dropping off 19% and 14% respectively on the
Eurex traded 75.5m contracts in July, bringing the total
year-to-date volume to 628m, up 3% over the same period last
The exchange's fixed income derivatives provided the
strongest trading, accounting for around 39m contracts in July,
more than half of Eurex's traded volume. At 15.4m contracts,
the Bund future retained its position as the most successful
product on the exchange while the Bobl future accounted for
around 11m contracts and Schatz futures racked up around 9m
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