Average FX Trading Volume Rose by 3% at CME Group in December but Overall down 9% in 2014

Fourth-quarter 2014 volume averaged 14.8 million contracts per day in all categories, up 31% from fourth-quarter 2013, and included 36%

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CME Group, Chicago-based operator of commodity futures marketplaces, today reported its trading volumes for 2014, December and the fourth-quarter (Q4) of the year. CME Group operates some of the biggest commodities exchanges across the globe, including the Chicago Mercantile Exchange as its subsidiary. The report shows mixed results for FX trading at the group’s venues.

The CME Group’s FX volume averaged 957,000 contracts per day, up 3% from November 2014 and 26% from December 2013. The average daily notional value of FX contracts traded at the group’s venues in December was $107 billion. The CME Group also reported that its equity index volume in December 2014 averaged 3.1 million contracts per day, up 24% from the same period a year ago.

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Fourth-quarter 2014 volume averaged 14.8 million contracts per day in all categories, up 31% from fourth-quarter 2013, and included 41% growth in interest rate average daily volume, as well as 36% growth in FX average daily volume and 26% in equities. The main highlights also included quarterly average daily volume records for overall options, as well as FX and equity options.

Full-year 2014 volume averaged a record 13.7 million contracts per day in all categories, up 9% from 2013, and included 19% growth in interest rate average daily volume. The main highlights also included annual average daily volume records for interest rates and treasuries. Overall open interest was 94 million contracts at year’s end, up 12% from year’s end in 2013. Total FX ADV in 2014, however, only reached 803,000 contracts, down 9% from 2013’s figure.

CME Group Total December 2014 FX Contracts Traded
CME Group Total December 2014 FX Contracts Traded
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