Exchanges: Donohue says CME is leading the market
Chief executive of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange thinks pressure is building for exchange-traded model.
The debate about whether or not the foreign exchange market will ever fully adopt an exchange-traded model has been raging for years. It is likely to continue, with proponents and detractors able to put forward good arguments why it will and why it won’t.
A frequent claim is that activity in the exchange-traded FX market is minuscule when compared with the over-the-counter environment. Ostensibly this appears to be true but a more complex, different picture lies underneath the bare figures.
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According to the most recent Bank for International Settlements Triennial Central Bank Survey, overall daily activity in April 2004 in the OTC FX market totalled about $1.9 trillion. By contrast, notional volume at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, by far the largest regulated FX marketplace, came in at just $17 billion a day during the same period, less than 1% of the total turnover. Since April 2004, the FX market has continued to post strong growth in turnover; daily activity now is thought to be in the region of $2.5 trillion.