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World equity trading volumes hit $81 trillion


Dollar Stock and money. Photo: investing-for-the-future

Dollar Stock and money. Photo: investing-for-the-future

THE world equity trading volumes grew by hit 81 trillion dollars 18 per cent in 2014-2015.

This fact was made available by the World Federation of Exchanges in its 2014 annual statistics report.

Worldwide, the value of share trading rose by 18 per cent to $81 trillion while global market capitalization rose 4.3 per cent to $68 trillion.

On IPO markets and investment flows, the number of IPOs rose 24.3 1421.

Total investment flows increased 22.6 per cent to $894 billion.

Exchange Traded Derivatives (ETD) volumes rose 2.8 per cent. This was mainly driven by commodity derivatives.

On trades and average value of trades, in line with the value of share trading, the number of trades also saw an increase by 23 per cent globally. The Americas experienced the highest increase (30.8 per cent), followed by Asia-Pacific (21 per cent) and Europe Middle East Africa (13 per cent).

The average value of trades decreased 5.8 per cent in the second half of 2014, compared to first half of 2014.

The average transaction size in Asia Pacific remains below the global average indicating a more active retail market.

On share trading which increased by 17.4 per cent worldwide to $81 trillion, all the regions were affected by this increase to a relatively similar extent:

Asia Pacific recorded 18.9 per cent Europe, Middle East and Africa recorded 17.4 per cent, while the Americas recorded 16.5 per cent.

In Americas and Europe Middle East and Africa, the increase of value of share trading followed a significant increase of volatility on equity markets.

In the United States, S & P 500 volatility index increased by 39.9 per cent to 19.2. In Europe, volatility increased by 51.8 per cent to 26.2 per cent.

In Asia Pacific, the growth was mainly driven by an impressive increase of value of share trading in Mainland China during the last quarter of the year. In the rest of the Asia Pacific region, value of share trading decreased by 5.4 per cent in 2014.

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