CLS FX trading activity | September 2019

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15 October 2019

Rob Franolic
CLS Data Officer

“In September, we saw average daily traded volumes of USD1.84 trillion. This represents growth of 5.3% compared to August, and 6.5% compared to September last year. The overall growth is being driven by the FX swap market, and we witnessed record volumes of USD1.34 trillion. 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)*
September 2018 August 2019 September 2019
Forward 1.199 1.198 1.342
Swap 0.447 0.441 0.406
Spot 0.083 0.111 0.094
Total average daily traded volume submitted to CLS (USD trillion) 1.729 1.750 1.842

* 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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