London, 10 February 2017 – The World Federation of Exchanges ("WFE"), which represents more than 200 market infrastructure providers including exchanges and CCPs, today published its 2016 Market Highlights.


Perhaps highlighting the somewhat exceptional nature of 2015, markets were more subdued in 2016, with most regions showing only modest increases on 2015 figures across the major primary and secondary market indicators, coupled with a number of more significant decreases:

According to the WFE's full-year statistics, the key trends of 2016 were as follows:

Nandini Sukumar, CEO, WFE said: "The most startling statistics for 2016 - the sharp downward trends around IPOs and investment flows - reflect global uncertainty triggered by events such as Brexit and the US election."

"It is also interesting to note the reversal in the fortunes of ETDs," added Siobhan Cleary, Head of Research & Public Policy, WFE. "After a bumper start in the first half of 2016, ETDs finished the year down 2%, driven primarily by lower volumes of equity and stock index derivatives."

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Established in 1961, the WFE is the global industry association for exchanges and clearing houses. Headquartered in London, it represents over 200 market infrastructure providers, including standalone CCPs that are not part of exchange groups. The WFE is the definitive source for exchange-traded statistics and publishes over 350 market data indicators. Its statistics database stretches back more than 40 years, and provides information and insight into developments on global exchanges. To access the WFE's monthly statistics report, please register or log-in here:

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