Global banks’ derivatives assets hit $4.4tn in Q1

The positive market value of derivatives positions held by international banks leapt 43% over the first three months of the year to $4.4 trillion, the highest level since Q2 2016.

It’s the largest single-quarter leap in derivatives asset values going back at least five years. Derivatives liabilities – those with negative market values – also increased, by 36% quarter-on-quarter to $5.2 trillion.

Countries with the largest banking sectors saw even more dramatic increases. Canadian banks posted

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