FX Volumes Down But Better Volatility Spurs Optimism

07/29/2014 9:00 am EST

Focus: FOREX

Adam Button of ForexLive.com discusses the Bank of England’s semi-annual survey that gives forex traders a sense of what currencies are traded the most often, and shares some good news regarding volatility.

The Bank of England’s semi-annual survey of the foreign exchange market showed an average daily turnover of $2.402 trillion in April, that’s up 7% from October but down 6% year-over-year.

A table offers a sense of what currencies are traded the most often.

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FX trading currency popularity
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Volatility Rising

The good news for traders is that volatility may (finally) be on the upswing. Bloomberg looks at better trading in the past two weeks after JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Global FX Volatility Index hit a record low earlier in the month:

The gauge reached 5.60% Monday, up from an all-time low on a closing basis of 5.29% on July 3. The index had tumbled from a high for the year of 8.98% on February 3 and a peak of 27% during the worst of the global financial crisis in October 2008.

By Adam Button, Editor, ForexLive.com

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