Although spot FX markets have been characterised as existing in a very low volatility and volume environment, the same cannot be said for the interest rate space, and that has enabled FX volumes to remain steady over the past year according to data from six regional FX committees. The FX committees of the UK, US, […]
Tag: BIS survey
Data from three primary venues in the FX market confirms numbers from last week suggesting that turnover in April slumped, with one reporting an all-time low in activity and two others the quietest month since 2016. Refinitiv reports average daily volume of $81 billion across its FX spot offerings, a 16.5% drop from March and […]
The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has released its latest semi-annual survey of OTC derivative markets which highlights the growing impact of central clearing on interest rate derivative markets.
The publication presents the combined results of two complementary BIS surveys on positions in OTC derivatives markets: the semi-annual survey of derivatives dealers in 13 jurisdictions, and the Triennial Central Bank Survey of dealers in an additional 33 jurisdictions. The surveys took place at end-June 2016. A companion survey on turnover in foreign exchange and OTC interest rate derivatives markets took place in April 2016, and the results were published in September.
So the latest Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Triennial Central Bank Survey is out and, as Profit & Loss previously reported, the headline figure is that the FX market has contracted in size from $5.3 trillion to $5.1 trillion traded per day over the past three years.
This news seems to have caught very few people by surprise, however the survey shows spot foreign exchange volumes are lower while FX swaps activity has grown considerably, especially in Asian centres and in the yen.