Derivatives marketplace CME Group (NASDAQ:CME) has announced that it achieved Asia Pacific average daily volume (ADV) of 921,000 contracts in Q4 2018, up 45% from the corresponding period in 2017:
- Equity products up 201%,
- Interest Rates up 42%, and
- Energy products up 35%.
For the full year 2018, Asia Pacific ADV stood at 862,000 contracts, up 29 percent from 2017:
- 108% growth in Equity products,
- 28% growth in Energy products, and
- 14% growth in Interest Rates products.
2018 saw a number of key geopolitical events which contributed to increased volatility in international financial markets, especially towards the tail-end of the year, and further highlighted the need for risk management on a robust, liquid and regulated marketplace,” said Christopher Fix, Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific, CME Group. “We continue to see trading volume growth out of Asia Pacific, as market participants further look to CME Group to manage their risks across multiple asset classes.
The complete volumes report reads as follows:
Latin America quarterly ADV was 107,000 contracts in the fourth quarter of 2018, up 54 percent from the corresponding period in 2017. This was driven by 204 percent growth in Interest Rates products and 21 percent growth in Equity products. For the full year 2018, Latin America ADV stood at 100,000 contracts, up 49 percent, led by 103 percent growth in Interest Rates products and 30 percent growth in Equity products.
Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) quarterly ADV hit 3.7 million contracts in the fourth quarter of 2018, up 16 percent from fourth quarter 2017. This was led by a strong performance in Equity and Interest Rates products, up 44 percent and 28 percent respectively, compared to the same period in 2017. For the full year 2018, EMEA ADV stood at 3.4 million contracts, up 14 percent from 2017, led by 20 percent growth in Interest Rates products, 19 percent growth in Metals products and 14 percent growth in Equity products.
In all, CME Group’s international (defined as outside of North America) ADV reached 4.7 million contracts during the fourth quarter of 2018, up 21 percent over the same period in 2017. For the full year 2018, CME Group’s international ADV stood at 4.4 million contracts, up 17 percent from 2017.
Globally, CME Group reached a record ADV of 19.2 million contracts in 2018, up 18 percent from 2017. This was led by Interest Rates products ADV, up 22 percent to 9.95 million contracts. During 2018, 91 trading days exceeded 20 million contracts, up from 34 days in 2017. Fourth quarter 2018 volume averaged 20.8 million contracts per day, up 31 percent from the same period a year ago.