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Derivatives trading volume drops 18 pct in 2012
2013.01.02 18:05:31
The daily trading volume of financial derivatives on South Korea’s bourse fell 17.7 percent on-year to 54.6 trillion won ($51 billion) last year, data showed Wednesday.

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The figure for the futures market lost 17.3 percent on-year to 53.3 trillion won and the figure for the options market fell 30.2 percent to 1.2 trillion won, according to the data compiled by the Korea Exchange (KRX).

By product, the daily trading volume of 10-year treasury bonds and stock futures increased 290.7 percent and 69.7 percent, respectively, whereas that of KOSPI200 futures (-29.4 percent), KOSPI200 options (-30.2 percent), US dollar futures (-22.3 percent) and three-year treasury bond futures (-11.6 percent) plunged.

The daily trading volume of financial derivatives amounted to 7.4 million contracts, down 53.3 percent from 15.84 million contracts last year.

For KOSPI200 futures trading, institutional investors (-6.2 percentage points), retail investors (-1.0 percentage point) fell in their presence, while foreign investors (7.2 percentage points) increased their presence.

For stock futures, the ratio of institutional and foreign investors grew by 7.5 percentage points and 0.1 percentage points, respectively, but the ratio of retail investors fell 7.6 percentage points.

Foreign investors increased in the trading of three-year treasury bond futures, 10-year treasury bond futures and US dollar futures.

Demand for derivatives decreased due to the protracted economic slowdown and rising uncertainties in the eurozone and the United States, KRX said.

[Written by Chan-dong Seo / edited by Soyoung Chung]

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