CLS FX trading activity | February 2019

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8 March 2019

1.73 USD trillion
Total daily traded volume submitted to CLS
Down 3.3 percent from USD1.78 trillion in January 2019


Average daily traded volume
submitted to CLS by product (USD trillion)*
February 2018 January 2019 February 2019
Forward 1.307 1.253 1.227
Swap 0.542 0.445 0.402
Spot 0.100 0.086 0.096
Total average daily traded volume submitted to CLS (USD trillion) 1.949 1.784 1.725

* 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.

About CLS data

The data provided is based on executed trade volumes submitted to CLS. It is adjusted to equate to the same reporting convention used by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and the foreign exchange committees’ semi-annual FX volume surveys. These surveys only report one side of any trade, and only one of the four legs of FX swap trades, to avoid double counting the total amount of trades.

In September 2018, CLS enhanced its methodology for calculating the average daily traded volume data to reflect the impact of the FX compression service, triReduce CLS FX, on trade volumes submitted to CLS. This has resulted in a non-material change to the average daily traded FX forward volume figures of - 0.5%. The data above reflects this calculation.

Data is available for subscription through Quandl showing activity by hour, day or month. The data reports contain executed trade volume in terms of both the number of trades and the total value in USD. The data is aggregated by trade instrument (spot, swap and outright forward) and currency pair and can be purchased by subscription by following this link: currency-data_traditionalcurrencies_volumes

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