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Foreign Exchange

EBS volumes rise 5% in 2011, market value of FX traded jumps 15%, CLS data shows

Average daily spot FX volumes on the EBS platform in 2011 rose 5 % to $159.1 billion compared to a previous year, ICAP said in a statement today.

That came after trading slowed prematurely in December as financial markets remained risk averse in light of continuing economic uncertainty, especially in the eurozone, the interdealer broker said. Average daily spot FX volumes on the EBS platform in December were $95.7 billion, a decrease of 15% over the previous year Separately, CLS Group, the multi-currency cash settlement system, said average daily value of its settlement for 2011, were up 15% in 2011 to $4.8 trillion asnd average daily trade volumes were up 3% to 820,495 (the trades are double counted).

See table below:

Average Daily Volume

2011: 820,495

2010: 792,900

2009: 589,000

2008: 547,105

2007: 369, 998

2006: 253,778

2005: 196,758

Average Daily Value

2011: $4.8trn

2010: $4.1trn

2009: $3.4trn

2008: $4.0trn

2007: $3.6trn

2006: $2.7trn

2005: $2.1trn

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