SIX Swiss Exchange, Switzerland’s principal stock exchange, has released its performance metrics for February. Total trading turnover was released at CHF 123.7 billion ($131.65 billion), slightly down by 1% from January’s total.
The minor drop in turnover is attributed to a decrease in the overall number of trades executed on the exchange, which were released at just under 5.5 million trades, representing a more significant decrease of 7.7% from January. However, there was one fewer trading day during February, which also contributed to the lower month on month trading turnover.
The exchange’s performance since the start of the year exemplifies improved performance across the board. The total amount of securities traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange during the two month period from the start of 2018, reached CHF 248.6 billion, marking an 8.7% increase from the same period of last year.
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Moreover, market participants of the SIX Swiss Exchange reached the improved turnover figures, as a direct consequence of a rise in the total number of trades. Since the start of the year, the total number of trades executed on the exchange surpassed 11.4 million positions. This marks a 39.9% increase YoY, and explains the improved turnover figures for the period.
Meanwhile, the exchange is currently at a pace of CHF 6.1 billion in average daily turnover since the beginning of 2018. If the exchange maintains the current pace, it will continue to record improved turnovers on a year on year comparison.
The SIX Swiss Exchange’s improved YoY numbers were likely aided by the recent decision by the EU Commission, which allowed the exchange to obtain temporary status as an equivalent third-country trading venue. The decision enables European traders to continue their trading on SIX Swiss Exchange without any disruption from MiFID II, further elevating market participation on the exchange, leading to higher trading turnover.