BIS reports global slowdown in derivatives markets

Releasing its triennial central bank survey of foreign exchange and derivatives market activity, the BIS reported average daily turnover in over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives markets in April 2001 was US$1.4 trillion, 10% up on the same period three years before. But this represented a “significant slowdown in market expansion relative to the earlier three-year period, when daily activity had expanded four times faster”, said the BIS. Structural changes in foreign exchange markets were largely

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