Bumper 2005 for exchange-traded derivatives

Eurex, the largest derivatives exchange by transaction numbers, which is jointly owned by Deutsche Börse and SWX Swiss Exchange, saw the number of contracts traded increase by 17% year-on-year to 1.25 billion compared with 1.07 billion contracts in 2004.

Meanwhile, in the US, both the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) and Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) posted increased derivatives volumes, with 12.4% and 24% increases compared with 2004, to 674 million contracts and 1.05 billion, respectively. The figures marked a fourth record year for the CBOT and sixth consecutive annual increase for the CME.

All exchanges reported that a higher proportion of trades were done electronically. Figures from Euronext.Liffe were not ready at the time of going to press.

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