Large Open Interest Holders Continue to Increase; Global Growth Helps Fuel Volume
CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives exchange, yesterday saw record trading in electronic FX options, Japanese yen, Canadian dollar and open interest in Australian dollar. TotalFX futures and options volume for yesterday was 1,925,549 contracts with a notional value of $238,900,876,449 - the fourth largest day ever and largest of the year in terms of notional value. CME Group's FX futures are listed by and subject to the rules of CME. CME Group set new records in the following areas:
For the full year through June 6, 2013, CME's FX average daily futures volume is up 17% year over year, options on futures volume is up 55% (electronic FX options on futures volume is up 85%) year over year, and its smaller E-Micro FX products are up 49% year over year. Significant growth in the company's FX franchise is coming from Europe (average daily volume is up 23% year over year) and Asia (average daily volume is up 43% year over year).
As the owner of the world's largest regulated FX marketplace, serving a diverse range of market participants that includes banks, hedge funds, CTAs, proprietary trading firms, multinational companies and active individual traders, CME Group offers a full product suite of 60 futures and 31 options contracts reflecting an average daily notional value of US$125 billion in 2013 to date. In addition, the company provides OTC clearing services for 12 OTC Non-Deliverable Forward currency pairs, as well as 26 Cash Settled Forwards.