Annual trends in futures and options trading

6 February 2019


This webinar highlighted the main trends in trading activity during 2018 in the global exchange-traded derivatives market. The webinar covered the volume and open interest data for 2018 released by FIA on Jan. 25, which showed a 20.2% increase in volume over 2017, the fastest annual growth rate since 2010. Other highlights from the release include: 

  • Derivatives trading on exchanges in 2018 hit a record level of 30.28 billion contracts
  • Growth rate of 20.2% in 2018 was the fastest since 2010, led by Asia-Pacific and Latin America
  • Exchanges in the Asia-Pacific and Latin American regions grew the most rapidly
  • Equity index and currency categories showed the strongest growth
  • Interest rate category continues to set records
  • Year-end open interest declined 1.4% to 827.6 million contracts

 Join FIA's Senior Vice President for Data, Publications and Research, Will Acworth, to review the data by category and region and identify which markets contributed to the upsurge in trading activity. FIA's statistics on volume and open interest are collected from 82 exchanges operated by 53 companies in 35 countries.


Will Acworth, Senior Vice President for Data, Publications and Research, FIA

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