Press releases

(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.

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.