FX contracts in OTC derivatives soar to record high

FX instruments, as a share of all over-the-counter derivatives, rise from 12% in 2013 to 16% this year

Big gains: interdealer positions account for larger shares of currency swaps (55% of notional) and options (48%)

Foreign exchange derivatives make up the second-largest segment of the global over-the-counter derivatives market. The notional amount of outstanding FX contracts rose to a record high of $86 trillion at the end of June, according to statistics published by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) yesterday (November 10).

While the amount of outstanding currency swaps and options decreased from $40 trillion and $26 trillion, respectively, in 2013 to $26 trillion and $13 trillion this year

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