3.5 Million Derivatives Trades Per Hour

by: Jeff Malec
Summary

Global derivatives trading volume hit an all-time record in 2018.

There were 30.3 billion global futures and options traded in the year.

Asia-Pacific finally took the crown from North America in 2018, jumping 2.4 billion trades, while North America jumped just 1.7 billion from a near dead heat in 2017.

We like to highlight the Futures Industry Association (FIA) annual volume study every year, and were excited to see that global derivatives trading volume hit an all-time record in 2018. There were 30.3 billion (with a "b") global futures and options traded in 2018.

That's about 83 million trades per day, 3.5 million per hour, and 57,000 per minute. Wow! Here's some of the highlights:

Asia-Pacific

While they have been nipping at the heels of North America for years - Asia-Pacific finally took the crown from North America in 2018, jumping 2.4 billion trades, while North America jumped just 1.7 billion from a near dead heat in 2017:

Commodities growth in 2018

While financial derivatives continue to dominate the volume scene, we can't forget what got us here - old-fashioned growth in the ground commodities. In that space, energy was the highest-traded commodity in 2018 and also increased by the highest percentage amount over the other sectors.

Top Exchange

And who handled the most trades throughout 2018? Keeping the top spot from last year is the CME, followed by the same runner up as last year, as well with the National Stock Exchange of India - which notably had a 53% increase over the previous year.

The rapid growth in derivatives trading on exchanges around the world highlights the value that these products continue to provide for end-users and investors," said Walt Lukken, President and Chief Executive Officer, FIA.

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