CLS FX trading activity | December 2020

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19 January 2021

1.76 USD trillion
Total daily traded volume submitted to CLS
Down 1.3% compared to November 2020

Masami Johnstone
Head of Information Services

“In December, total daily traded volumes were USD1.76 trillion, down 1.3% compared to November 2020. There was a slight increase in FX swap volumes of 2.3%, while FX spot and FX forward volumes experienced sharp declines of 9.3% and 9.2%, respectively.

“Compared to December 2019, FX spot, FX swap and FX forward volumes all increased significantly by 10.3%, 10.7% and 6.0%, respectively. The increase in FX spot volume was largely attributable to the higher volumes recorded for EUR/USD (+30%) and GBP/USD (+10%) over the same period. There was also a record year-on-year FX spot volume increase for USD/HUF of 92%. This coincided with positive news on Hungarian industrial output and a subsequent appreciation against USD.”

Average daily traded volume
submitted to CLS by product (USD trillion)*
December 2019 November 2020 December 2019
Forward 0.084 0.098 0.089
Swap 1.145 1.239 1.267
Spot 0.370 0.450 0.408
Total average daily traded volume submitted to CLS (USD trillion) 1.599 1.787 1.764

* 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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