Volatility becalmed, trade in FX options plummets

With central banks in tandem on policy, market churn lessens considerably

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Trading in foreign exchange options fell to a near two-year trough in November, as low realised and implied currency movements left investors apathetic.

Monthly volumes for vanilla options in EUR/USD and USD/JPY, two of the most liquid G10 currency pairs, totalled $208 billion and $183 billion, respectively, in November, according to data from the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation’s (DTCC) trade repository. Not since 2017 has either pair experienced lower monthly notional volumes.


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