Special report: Foreign exchange

Asian currencies on the rise


Foreign exchange derivatives trading volumes in Asia are soaring. The latest Triennial Central Bank Survey of Foreign Exchange and Derivatives Market Activity, published by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in December 2010, found that Asia is now the second-most active market for foreign exchange, with $1.2 trillion of daily turnover, including $740 billion of which are forward instruments.

During the past three months, Asian corporates’ hedging activity has also risen dramatically.

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