London, 10 August 2017 – The World Federation of Exchanges ("WFE"), which represents more than 200 market infrastructure providers including exchanges and CCPs, today published its H1 2017 Market Highlights report.

Market performance in the first half of 2017 was mixed. Overall, domestic market capitalisation reached record levels. Listings were also up on the same period. Secondary market activity was muted, with volume and value of shares traded, investment flows, and volumes of derivatives traded down on H1 2016.


According to the WFE's half-year statistics, the key trends of H1 2017 when compared to H1 2016 were as follows:

Nandini Sukumar, CEO, WFE said: "It's a mixed picture of market performance. Market capitalisation rose, and there was a strong resurgence of IPOs, and investment flows through IPOs. Simultaneously, however, the volume and value of share trading fell, and the decline in non-IPO investment flows was such that total investment flows were actually down on H1 2016, further demonstrating the unpredictable nature of primary and secondary markets in an uncertain global geopolitical landscape."

"As ever, the derivatives story is characterised by some significant peaks and troughs," added Siobhan Cleary, Head of Research & Public Policy, WFE. "For example, all three regions saw volumes of commodity futures decline, yet despite this, the product remained the most actively traded contract type during the period."

Click here to read the WFE H1 2017 Market Highlights report in full.

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About the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE):

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. Of our members, 41% are in Asia-Pacific, 40% in EMEA and 19% in the Americas. WFE exchanges are home to nearly 45,000 listed companies, and the market capitalisation of these entities is over $67.9 trillion; furthermore, around $84.18 trillion (EOB) in trading annually passes through the infrastructures WFE members safeguard (at end 2016).

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.

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