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Foreign Exchange

Thomson Reuters FX volumes rise 8% in 2011

Average daily FX spot volumes were in excess of $114 billion in December across Thomson Reuters’ main FX spot trading services, representing 3.6% year-on-year growth and bringing total annual volumes in 2011 8% higher than 2010.

Activity in the US dollar index on the IntercontinentalExchange rose 22% in 2011 to a record high and the number of options contracts on the index also almost doubled, as interest in using the index as a hedging tool in volatile markets increased. Total volumes of currencies futures contracts traded on the IntercontinentalExchange rose 19% in 2011. Meanwhile, the CME Group reported fourth-quarter FX volumes in 2011 7% lower than in 2010, though annual FX average volumes of 922,000 contracts per day billion were in line with last year’s figures.

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