Press releases

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.

PARIS (12 April, 2012) – Global leaders of derivatives exchanges and clearing houses will assemble 16-17 April for the 29th IOMA Conference, the annual derivatives Conference hosted by the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), to focus on the commercial and technological developments impacting derivatives markets. The conference also introduces the full annual IOMA survey on derivatives market statistics. The preliminary findings released on March 1, highlighted that 25 billion derivative contracts were traded on exchanges worldwide in 2011 - an increase from the 22 billion traded in 2010. Between 2006 and 2011, the number of derivative contracts traded on exchange has more than doubled. While last year’s growth rate (+12%) remains high, it is lower than the one observed in 2010 (+25%).

PARIS (March 1, 2012) –Exchange Traded Derivatives (ETD) worldwide increased in 2011, according to statistics compiled by the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE). The WFE, which annually conducts a survey on derivative markets, found that in 2011, more than 24 billion derivative contracts (11.9 billion futures and 12.9 billion options) were traded on exchanges worldwide - an increase from the 22 billion traded in 2010. Between 2006 and 2011, the number of traded derivative contracts has more than doubled.

Equity volumes in 2011 remained stable despite a fall in market capitalization, while derivatives, bonds, ETFs, and securitized derivatives continued to grow strongly, according to figures released today by the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE). WFE statistics are culled from WFE member exchanges, which continued to increase their listings and diversify their product offerings in 2011.

Johannesburg (13 October 2011) – The World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) at its 51st General Assembly and Annual Meeting in Johannesburg commended the Tokyo Stock Exchange and The Egyptian Exchange for their markets’ efforts to remain operational during the turbulence affecting both countries in 2011. WFE saluted the Tokyo Stock Exchange and The Egyptian Exchange for observing scheduled trading sessions and representing the strength of their respective countries in the face of adversity. Their understanding of the important role of international markets in an environment where cross-border trading has become ubiquitous tracks closely with the mission of the WFE to bring the world’s regulated exchanges together in order to improve the quality of markets.

(12 October 2011, Johannesburg) Leaders from more than 60 of the world’s foremost exchanges gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa, this week for the 51st General Assembly and Annual Meeting of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), the association of regulated stock, futures, and options exchanges. WFE develops and promotes high regulatory standards in markets to assure their transparency, fairness, and certainty of execution.

(Paris, 26 September 2011). The World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) announced that the recipient of the WFE Award for Excellence this year will be Professor Mervyn King, the incoming Chairman of the International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC). South Africa native Professor King is designated for this Award in recognition of his work in leading national commissions on corporate governance reform, and for driving forward a financial reporting framework that is better able to accommodate the complexity and need for transparency in this period of financial and economic turmoil – an Integrated Report.

Paris (July 21, 2011) – The World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) today released the half-year trading figures for regulated markets worldwide. Strong growth was registered in the market capitalization of stock exchanges, a measure of the total value of listed companies. Exchange-traded futures and options registered higher volumes in most asset classes. The complete report may be viewed here:

MUMBAI (26 April, 2011) – Leaders of the derivatives exchanges and clearinghouse members of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) will assemble 1-4 May for the 28th annual International Options Market Association (IOMA) meeting, which will focus on regulatory initiatives affecting clearing standards and over-the-counter derivatives, trends in market liquidity and exchange consolidation. The meeting takes place following one of the most successful years for trading on exchanges. According to the annual survey by WFE the options and futures traded on exchanges globally increased by 25%.

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