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Total trading volume at Eurex Group at 2.8 billion contracts in 2011

The international derivatives markets of Eurex Group ended 2011 with a turnover of approximately 2.8 billion contracts, compared with 2.64 billion in 2010. The total volume for 2011 splits into 2.04 billion contracts traded at Eurex Exchange (2010: 1.9 billion) and 778.1 million contracts traded at the International Securities Exchange (ISE) (2010: 745.2 million).

This corresponds to a daily average trading volume of 11.1 million contracts (2010: 10.4 million), thereof 8.0 million contracts at Eurex Exchange and 3.1 million contracts at ISE.

At Eurex Exchange, the equity index derivatives segment was the largest in 2011 with a total volume of 954.7 million contracts (2010: 805.1 million). Derivatives on the EURO STOXX 50® index were the largest single product with 408.9 million futures and 369.2 million options. The equity derivatives segment (options and single stock futures) saw 449.6 million contracts (2010: 511.1 million). In 2011, the interest rate derivatives segment reached a total of 630.4 million contracts (2010: 574.8 million). The Eurex KOSPI Product recorded the strongest growth year-on-year; volume soared to 17.4 million contracts after 166,000 contracts in 2010. Dividend derivatives grew by 32 per cent and totalled 6.0 million contracts.

In December 2011, the Eurex Group derivatives markets reached an average daily volume of 8.2 million contracts with 5.9 million contracts traded at Eurex (Dec 2010: 5.8 million) and 2.3 million contracts traded at the ISE (Dec 2010: 2.5 million). A total of 171.9 million contracts were traded on both exchanges in December 2011 with 124.1 million at Eurex Exchange and 47.8 million contracts at ISE.

At Eurex Exchange, equity index derivatives recorded the highest turnover among all product segments with 67.4 million contracts (Dec 2010: 56.1 million). The top equity index derivative was the future on the EURO STOXX 50 index with 29.5 million contracts, and 23.1 million options on this index were also traded.

A total of 23.6 million contracts were traded in the equity derivatives segment, compared with 25.6 million in Dec 2010. Within this segment, equity options traded 16.5 million contracts and single stock futures another 7.1 million contracts. Equity derivatives volume y-o-y is influenced by the change of contract specifications: In the first quarter of 2011, Eurex Exchange increased the contract size of most equity options and single stock futures to match international standards, with the effect of potentially lower turnover in these products. The adjusted monthly volume figure in the equity derivatives segment in December 2011 would have been approximately 29 million contracts under the previous, old contract specifications.

A total of 32.6 million contracts were traded in the interest rate derivatives segment in December 2011, compared with 39.6 million in the same period last year.

The Eurex segment dividend-based derivatives totalled approximately 331,000 contracts. Commodity derivatives reached around 59,000 contracts. Volatility derivatives achieved about 170,000 contracts.

Eurex Repo, which operates CHF Repo, Euro Repo and GC Pooling markets, continued to grow in 2011. The secured money market GC Pooling hit a new record with an average outstanding volume of EUR118.2 billion, an increase of 29 per cent y-o-y; the Euro Repo market totalled at the new peak of EUR148.5 billion, an increase of 30 per cent.

In December 2011, the GC Pooling market grew 27 per cent y-o-y and reached EUR140.4 billion; and the Euro Repo market recorded an outstanding volume of EUR174.7 billion, an increase of 31 per cent.

The electronic trading platform Eurex Bonds, which rounds out Eurex’s fixed-income product range, traded 8.3 billion euros (single counting) in December 2011 compared to 6.8 billion euros in December 2010. In 2011, Eurex Bonds’ trading volumes grew by 15 per cent and totalled EUR117.2 billion (single counting), compared with EUR101.6 billion in 2010.

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