CLS FX trading activity | August 2020

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16 September 2020

1.649 USD trillion
Total daily traded volume submitted to CLS
Down 0.5 percent from USD1.657 trillion in July 2020

Masami Johnstone
Head of Information Services

“Daily traded volumes in August were flat (-0.5%) versus the previous month, at USD1.65 trillion. This comprised FX swap volumes of USD1.188 trillion (-0.3%), forward volumes of USD77 billion (-3.8%) and spot volumes of USD384 billion (-0.5%). Compared to August 2019, FX swap volumes were slightly down (-0.8%), while forward and spot volumes recorded a decrease of 30.6% and 12.9%, respectively.

“On Thursday 27 August, Fed Chairman Powell’s speech at the Jackson Hole conference announcing a move to a flexible average inflation targeting regime coincided with the peak August volume of USD2.28 trillion.”

Average daily traded volume
submitted to CLS by product (USD trillion)*
August 2019 July 2020 August 2020
Forward 1.198 1.191 1.188
Swap 0.441 0.386 0.384
Spot 0.111 0.080 0.077
Total average daily traded volume submitted to CLS (USD trillion) 1.750 1.657 1.649

* Due to rounding, numbers presented throughout the document may not add up precisely to the totals provided and percentages may not precisely reflect the exact figures.

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