The world's four largest derivatives exchanges have
continued to enjoy strong volumes in 2006, with each recording
in excess of a 10% increase, year-on-year. In addition,
Euronext Liffe and Chicago Board of Trade (CBoT) both
experienced record first quarters with total volume up 27% to
183m and 11% to 192.7m respectively on 2005 levels.
Euronext Liffe also enjoyed a record trading month in March
as 68m contracts changed hands. Notable highlights during the
month saw interest rate products rise 31% on year-ago figures,
whilst more than 17m single equity derivatives contracts
European rival Eurex also saw quarterly volumes rise 20%
year-on-year to 375m with record trading in its fixed income
and equity products. Trading in the fixed income segment stood
at more than 81m contracts during March, an increase of 20%,
whilst volume in its equity products was up 38% to 67.3m
contracts. Meanwhile, trading in SSFs saw a significant
increase in volume during the month with more than 1m contracts
changing hands (see FO Week Vol 11 No 13). This was an
increase of 600% on the previous month when 153,723 contracts
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