ICAP EBS down 15% from Nov, but volumes were still strong above $100B ADV

December industry volumes are always subdued a bit due to holiday activities, but overall it remained strong this year across many segments of the trading industry despite trading days off. ICAP plc (LON:IAP) EBS FX electronic platform saw December volumes down 15 percent from November but much higher than December 2013’s ADV of $71B, to record a 47 percent increase to $105B. The YoY increase shows that the final months of 2014 could signal an elevated volume trend change as the relative strength is stronger heading into 2015 than it was a year prior.

Overall, 2014 was still mixed due to earlier months in the year showing lackluster volumes from stagnant volatility. As such, volumes were down 12% on EBS in 2014 from 2013. Much in the same ballpark, we also saw comparable yearly volumes slightly off in FX on CME Group, which reported a 9% yearly drop-off between 2014 and 2013.

You can view the full results table from ICAP below for December and the full year, also accompanied is the latest volume chart for EBS.



The last four months of the year were quite strong, staying above the $100B handle. Where will we go in 2015? Stay tuned to LeapRate…



Historical data is available from ICAP, by clicking here.

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