European banks report decline in equity derivatives volumes

Société Générale, one of the major players in the European equity derivatives markets, said client-driven equity derivatives business is near its worst levels. “End-users are almost gone. The only flows to have really survived are from interbank activity,” said Fabien Hajjar, Paris-based head of European volatility trading in equity options at Société Générale.

Most of the current business, particularly in the warrant market, has come from in and out trades conducted on an intraday basis, Haj

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