In January 2013, turnover on SIX Swiss Exchange and Scoach Switzerland totalled CHF 90.8 billion.
This corresponds to a 50.3% increase over the previous month and a plus of 14.6% over January 2012. The number of transactions likewise reported a strong increase, up by 52.0% over the previous month to 2,947,832 and up by 5.9% over January 2012. The SMI gained ground of 8.3% compared to the end of 2012, which represents its biggest advance at the start of a year since 1997.
All segments reported strong growth both in terms of trading volume and in the number of transactions, not only over the previous month but also over January 2012. The equities segment including funds + ETFs + ETPs posted a trading volume of CHF 60.7 billion, which corresponds to a 59.8% increase over the previous month. The number of transactions was up by 53.7% to 2,733,813. SIX Swiss Exchange also welcomed a new ETP issuer, ETF Securities.
Turnover in CHF bonds was also up by 36.9% (CHF 18.9 billion) and the number of transactions up by 22.1% (47,642). 16 new bonds CHF were admitted to trading in January 2013.
The ETF segment posted a 28.5% increase in turnover to CHF 8.5 billion. The number of transactions increased by 28.1% to 86,324 during the same period. SIX Swiss Exchange welcomed Vanguard as a new ETF issuer.
Trading volume on Scoach Switzerland, the exchange for structured products and warrants, was up by 33.5% to CHF 2.6 billion, and the number of transactions up by 50.4% to 78,176. In January, 4,637 new structured products were admitted to trading, which is more than double (+101.4%) the December figure.
The leading equity indices trended higher in January 2013: the blue chip index SMI® stood at 7,390.9 points at the end of January (8.3% up over the end of 2012), the SLI Swiss Leader Index® at 1,123.1 points (8.3%) and the broadly based SPI® at 6,789.4 points (7.9%). The SBI® AAA-BBB Total Return, in contrast, was down by 1.0% to 124.1 points.