Vibrant volumes

Derivatives exchanges have posted record trading volumes in the past 18 months. What’s driving this business? Navroz Patel reports

Uncertainty in the interest rate and equities markets has been a boon for USand European derivatives exchanges. In the second quarter of 2003, average dailytotal trading volumes on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) exceeded 1.5 millioncontracts for the first time. The Swiss-German exchange Eurex’s total turnoverfor the first half of 2003 was 524 million contracts – up 42% comparedwith the corresponding period of 2002.

The European listed equity derivatives market has had its turbulent moments

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