CLS FX trading activity | October 2019

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18 November 2019

1.79 USD trillion
Total daily traded volume submitted to CLS
Down 3.2 percent from USD1.84 trillion in September 2019.

Rob Franolic
CLS Data Officer

CLS’s Data Officer, Rob Franolic, commented “In October, we saw average daily traded volumes of USD1.79 trillion, representing growth of 4% compared to October 2018. The overall growth is being driven by FX swap activity, which grew by 10% over the same period. We also saw a new record of USD219 billion in USDJPY swaps in October.

“Increased FX swap activity is consistent with increased hedging, reflecting concerns around geo-political risks such as Brexit and US-China trade relations.”

Average daily traded volume
submitted to CLS by product (USD trillion)*
October 2018 September 2019 October 2019
Forward 1.161 1.342 1.276
Swap 0.471 0.406 0.415
Spot 0.078 0.094 0.094
Total average daily traded volume submitted to CLS (USD trillion) 1.710 1.842 1.785

* 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.

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