Global FX Volumes Jump 30%, Latest BIS FX Triennial Survey

The Bank of International Settlements has published the first phase of its triennial findings for its three yearly global FX

BISThere was no surprise when the BIS announced their latest results for global FX volumes for 2013. Despite, the world economy facing a miserable aftermath from the 2008 credit crisis, FX as an asset class has served well. Total daily trading volumes are averaging $5.345 trillion according to the study published today, a 30% increase from three years earlier.

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  • FX swaps most popular asset class $2.2. trillion of ADV.
  • US dollar most popular currency pair, 87% of all trades.
  • Emerging market currencies on the rise, Mexican peso and Chinese yuan enter top 10 most traded currency pairs

The sharp rise in FX activity is attributed to several factors including; market volatility, acceptance of FX as an asset class and global distribution of the product. Cyril Tabet, Partner & CEO at JFD Brokers, believes the quality of the end product will have a direct impact on volumes, and explained in a comment to Forex Magnates: “Sustaining high standards in technology, execution, transparency, and support have proven to significantly drive volumes up.”

The 2013 BIS survey is a three-year study on the trading metrics of Foreign Exchange derivatives. The organisation that has been operating since the 1930’s sits as a central body for the worlds central banks. According to the BIS’s  US section on its website, it describes the organisation as one that; ‘fosters international monetary and financial cooperation and serves as a bank for central banks’. The BIS has been actively conducting the triennial FX survey since 1989. In the current survey the BIS has surveyed organisations from 53 jurisdictions.

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