Trading activity on SIX Swiss Exchange and SIX Structured Products Exchange in January 2015 was shaped by severe turbulence on the financial markets. Historic highs were reached on 15 January: 949,988 trades with an overall trading volume of CHF 27.7 billion. Both figures were six times higher than the prior year's daily average. The previous records stood at 392‘587 trades (9.8.2011) and a trading volume of CHF 27.4 billion (1.3.2007). In the days which followed 15 January, trading activity was also far higher than the average for the previous year. During this period, the trading platform of SIX Swiss Exchange functioned smoothly at all times. As usual, SIX was therefore able to ensure that trading was fair and transparent and investors were able to implement their investment decisions.
Overall, a record 6,215,436 trades were conducted in January 2015, which equates to around 311,000 trades a day. The prior-year figure was thus exceeded by 72.7%. There were 5,930,170 trades in the equities including funds + ETPs segment alone, equating to an increase of 75.7% versus January 2014. In the CHF bonds segment, 60,053 trades were conducted (+35.7%).
January was also an extremely strong month as regards trading turnover. At CHF 181.6 billion, 59.1% higher than in January 2014, the highest monthly turnover since October 2008 (CHF 196.4 billion) was recorded. Turnover averaged CHF 9.1 billion per day in January 2015. Turnover of CHF 133.3 billion in the equities including funds and ETPs segment (+63.5%) was the primary contributor to this increase. Meanwhile, turnover in CHF bonds increased by +111.3% to CHF 30.2 billion, while it decreased by 22.3% to CHF 2.8 billion in structured products and warrants.
Trading activity not only increased relative to the prior-year figures, but also compared to the previous month. Trading turnover was up by 85.0% across all segments, while the number of trades increased by 87.6%. In the equities including funds + ETPs segment, the number of trades in December 2014 was exceeded by 90.2%, while the prior month's turnover was surpassed by 77.6%. Among ETFs, the number of trades increased by 51.5% and trading turnover by 68.4%. For structured products and warrants, 38.9% more trades were recorded and turnover increased by 29.1%. The number of CHF bond trades rose by +47.0%, while turnover increased by +151.3%.
11 new CHF bond issues (-50.0% month-on-month) and 5,924 new structured products and warrants (+120.7% versus the previous month) were admitted to trading in January.
The performance of the most important equity indices was as follows in January 2015: the blue chip index SMI® stood at 8,385.1 points at the end of January (-6.7% versus the end of 2014), the SLI Swiss Leader
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