Trading on SIX Swiss Exchange and Scoach Switzerland in August 2011 was shaped by severe volatility on the financial markets. The trading platform nonetheless continued to function smoothly, even on days when trading activity reached record highs. The SIX Swiss Exchange infrastructure thus ensured transparent and fair trading, thereby helping investors to implement their investment decisions. With the listing of 7,492 new products, Scoach Switzerland achieved a new record.
In August 2011, a total of 5,155,299 trades were executed on SIX Swiss Exchange and Scoach Switzerland. This represents an increase of 64% compared with the previous month. The figure has only been beaten once, in October 2008, when slightly more trades were registered. Turnover also showed a marked rise of 51.3% compared with July, taking the total for the month to CHF 129.9 billion.
In the segment of equities including funds, ETSFs and ETPs, the number of trades executed came to 4,828,447. This is up by 64.6% month on month. The increase in the structured products and warrants segment was slightly higher still (+65.5%), but the greatest increase in activity was recorded in the ETF segment (+68%). At 125,862 trades, the 100,000-trades-per-month barrier was broken for the first time. Meanwhile, the bond picture was mixed. There was a 14.1% increase in trades in bonds CHF to 46,400 trades, while trading in international bonds fell by 15.2% to 2,520 trades. Since the beginning of the year, a total of 26,865,703 trades have been executed on SIX Swiss Exchange and Scoach Switzerland. This corresponds to a rise of 13.1% compared with the year-back period.
Turnover in the segment of equities including funds, ETSFs and ETPs, came to CHF 90.3 billion (+45.7%). Turnover in the ETF segment reached a new record level, advancing by 88.2% to CHF 13.7 billion. Once again, the sharpest rise was recorded in the structured products and warrants segment, where turnover shot up by 93.5% to CHF 5.8 billion. The second-largest segment in turnover terms, bonds CHF, posted turnover of CHF 19.9 billion (+48.7%). Compared with the same period in 2010, turnovers have slipped a little (-0.4%) since the year began, to CHF 823.1 billion.
The key equity indices all trended lower in August 2011: The blue chip index SMI® closed at 5,528.5 points (-4.4% on previous month, -14.1% on end of 2010), der SLI Swiss Leader Index® PR at 836.1 points (-6.6% on previous month, -17.8% on end of 2010) and the broader-based SPI® at 5,049.4 points (-5.0% on previous month, -12.8% on end of 2010).
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