Europe’s two largest derivatives exchanges this week reported record trading volumes for 2001. Eurex, the Swiss-German exchange, traded a total of 674 million contracts in 2001, a 48% increase on 2000’s 455 million contracts. The London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange (Liffe) turned over 216 million contracts, a 65% increase on 2000’s 131 million contracts.A spokesman for Liffe said that when the group has been formally integrated with Euronext – the combined Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam exchange that bought Liffe in October – he expects turnover figures for derivativescontracts to treble. Liffe chairman Brian Williamson added: “Our first objective in the new year will beto plan the integration of both exchanges’ derivatives business.”
Eurex pointed to success with index products as well as equity options for its strong results. "This year we would like to extend this by enhancing our equity-based segment and by introducing interesting new products,” said a Eurex spokesman.
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