Press releases

(29 May 2013, PARIS) The World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) today released a review on High Frequency Trading (HFT), describing it as a technology that financial firms are embracing around the world. Besides, the study notes the many initiatives and risk management practices that exchanges have adopted to enhance the safety, stability and integrity of the markets.

BUSAN, S. KOREA (2 May, 2013) –Leaders of the many of the largest exchanges and clearinghouses will assemble 6-7 May for the annual derivatives conference of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) and the International Options Market Association (IOMA).  The 30th annual meeting will focus on market and regulatory issues currently changing the world’s derivatives landscape. 

PARIS (March 7, 2013) –For the first time since 2004, the number of Exchange Traded Derivatives (ETD) worldwide decreased in 2012 by 15% to 21 billion, according to statistics compiled by the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE).

The WFE, which annually conducts a survey on derivative markets, found that in 2012, 21 billion derivative contracts (11 billion futures and 10 billion options) were traded on exchanges worldwide - a decrease from the 25 billion traded in 2011. The full WFE report on derivatives markets will be available following the annual IOMA conference held this year in Busan, South Korea, from 5 to 8 May 2013.

PARIS (January 23, 2013) –The World Federation of Exchanges’ (WFE) annual survey of global markets found that while the global market capitalization increased 15.1% in 2012 , the volume of all products traded on WFE member exchanges fell significantly. According to statistics compiled by the WFE, the value of Electronic Order Book (EOB) share trading was down 22.5%, and the number of derivative contracts traded on-exchange worldwide decreased by 20%.

“We appreciate our members commitment to helping us compile our Annual Market Statistics, as we believe it is important to offer a true, objective picture of the current state of on-exchange trading worldwide,” said Hüseyin Erkan, CEO of the WFE. “Our 2012 Global Market Highlights offers the most comprehensive series of data covering a large range of exchanges’ activities, allowing for a more detailed approach of markets.”

According to the WFE figures, which are gathered from WFE member exchanges, the number of listed companies remained stable in 2012, while both ETFs and securities derivatives increased their listings. Specific 2012 highlights from WFE are as follows:

(27 November 2012, PARIS) - The WFE representing 59 publicly regulated stock, futures, and options exchanges and associated clearinghouses, today called on international regulatory bodies to modify capital standards to appropriately reflect the liquidity and efficiency of exchange traded derivative (ETD) markets. In a letter to the Financial Stability Board and other policy organizations, WFE encouraged global standard setting bodies to demonstrate continued support for the G20 commitments to bring greater transparency and central clearing to derivative markets by ensuring that the costs of ETD markets are not unnecessarily increased. 

(15 October 2012, Taipei) Today the General Assembly of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) approved new statutes that alter the structure of the organization from a secretariat to a corporate body.  Chairmen and Chief Executives from more than 50 of the world’s leading exchanges gathered in Taipei this week for the 52nd WFE General Assembly and Annual Meeting and officially ratified a new structure for the organization. This assembly represents the largest and most widely attended gathering of global exchange leaders. 


Paris (26 September 2012) –Leaders from the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) have re-emphasized their support of regulatory action in the global derivatives market on the occasion of the publication of a new study commissioned by the WFE to examine the state of over-the-counter (OTC) and exchange-traded derivatives.  The report describes how regulatory reform is resulting in significant shifts in product selection across the global risk transfer market.

(Paris, 18 September 2012) The World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) announced today that the recipient of the WFE Award for Excellence this year will be Dr. Richard Sandor, chairman and CEO of Environmental Financial Products LLC (EFP).   Dr. Sandor was selected for this Award in recognition of his work at the epicenter of environmental and financial markets for more than four decades.


Paris (July 24, 2012) – The total market capitalization of WFE exchanges increased by 5.3% in the first half of 2012 while global trading volumes continued their decline. The rise in market capitalization was mainly attributed to markets in the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions, according to figures released today by the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE).

Specific 2012 first half highlights from WFE are as follows:

World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), the global trade association of publicly regulated exchanges, today announced the appointment of Mr. Hüseyin Erkan to the position of Secretary General.  Until recently Mr. Erkan served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Istanbul Stock Exchange, a post he was appointed to by the Turkish Government. Mr. Erkan has approximately 23 years of experience in the financial sector of which 16 years have been with the Istanbul Stock Exchange. Mr. Erkan was a member of the WFE Board of Directors between 2008 - 2011.