Growth in derivatives trading speeds up, says BIS

Trading on international derivatives exchanges has continued to pick up pace, according to the latest Bank for International Settlements Quarterly Review. Combined turnover in interest rate, equity and currency derivatives rose by a quarter from January to March 2006 to $429 trillion. But the growth of credit default swap (CDS) trades slowed.

Trading in interest rate products grew by 26% in the first quarter amid expectations of higher interest rates in the US and Japan. Uncertainty over the

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