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Foreign Exchange

CME FX volumes decline in July

Foreign-exchange futures and options traded on CME fell by 6.5% month on month during July, according to the exchange’s monthly trading statistics. Volumes were up 6% on July 2010.

An average of $125 billion changed hands across the exchange’s products daily in July 2011, equating to 885,000 contracts. The bourse operates the International Money Market platform for foreign exchange, the largest platform for exchange-traded FX. The exchange is used as a bellwether for currency positioning among leveraged investors, such as commodity trading advisers.

Futures on the euro were the most traded pairing on CME, down 8.7% on June at 6.9 million contracts traded for the month. Australian dollar and sterling futures were second and third, respectively, both declining slightly month on month to post around 2.16 million contracts traded each. Yen futures were the fourth most traded pairing, also down slightly at 2.02 million contracts for the month.

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