Eurex sees derivatives trade up

Derivatives trading platform Eurex saw 2.8bn contracts traded in 2011, an increase of seven per cent on 2010’s level, it said yesterday. More than 11m contracts were traded on average each day, up from 10.4m per day in 2010, as both the amount traded on the Eurex Exchange and those traded on the International Securities Exchange rose. Equity index derivatives were the biggest single market, accounting for almost a billion annual contracts. Eurostoxx 50 derivatives such as futures and options were the most popular products, with 408.9m futures contracts traded. The product seeing biggest growth was Eurex KOSPI, a Korean stock exchange index product, which jumped to 17.4m contracts from 166,000 in 2010.