In June, trading volumes on Eurex, the Deutsche Boerse’s derivatives exchange, rose to 196.3 million contracts, 28 percent higher than June 2006, making it the second strongest month so far for the exchange (previous record: 199 million contracts in March 2007). The first six months of this year saw a volume of 970.6 million contracts traded, an increase of 18 percent over the same period last year.
Trading volumes in equity-based derivatives in June reached 106 million contracts. Equity index derivatives accounted for 75.6 million contracts, a 25 percent increase on June 2006, and equity derivatives accounted for 30.6 million contracts, an increase of 19 percent. Volumes in the Dow Jones Euro STOXX 50 future, the most active individual equity index derivatives product, increased 20 percent to 35.7 million contracts. For DAX options, Eurex recorded a new peak volume of 10.4 million contracts, representing an increase of 70 percent on June 2006 (previous record: 8.2 million contracts, March 2007).
Contract turnover in the fixed income segment was up 34 percent to a new record of 90.1 million (previous record: 81.3 million contracts, March 2006). Four individual products in this segment sew new record levels: The Euro BUND future was up 37 percent on June 2006 to 39.8 million contracts (previous record: 34.9 million contracts, March 2006); options on Euro BUND futures were up 42 percent to 5.4 million contracts (previous record: 5.1 million contracts, February 2005); Euro BOBL futures were up 31 percent to 21.2 million contracts (previous record: 20.6 million contracts, March 2006); and Euro SCHATZ futures were up 35 percent to 20.4 million contracts (previous record: 19.8 million contracts, March 2007).
Approximately €16.97 billion (US$ 22.92 billion) was traded in June on the electronic trading platform Eurex Bonds, which rounds out Eurex's fixed-income product range. This represents an increase of 32 percent on June 2006 (€12.93 billion/US$ 17.46 billion).