Press releases

PARIS (March 7, 2011) – Trading in derivatives contracts on regulated exchanges worldwide surged to the highest levels in nearly a decade in 2010, according to statistics compiled by the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE). More than 22.4 billion derivative contracts were traded on exchanges worldwide in 2010 (11.2 billion futures and 11.1 billion options) against 17.8 billion in 2009.

Paris (Feb 7, 2011) – Global equity market capitalization on regulated exchanges increased 14.9 percent to $54.8 trillion (USD) in 2010 as markets continued their rebound from the 2008 financial crisis, the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) reported in its annual publication of market statistics.

Paris (6 December 2010) –Leaders from the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) expressed concern about continued high risk in today’s the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives market, and costs to the banking sector necessary to bridge an estimate $2 trillion shortfall for current market exposure.

Paris (29 November 2010) - The World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) and the International Options Market Association (IOMA) have submitted a public comment letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner urging the Treasury Department not to exempt over-the-counter (OTC) foreign exchange (FX) swaps and FX forwards from mandatory clearing and execution requirements that are imposed on other standardized derivatives products under the recently enacted Dodd-Frank Act.

(11 October 2010, Paris) Chairmen and Chief Executives from more than 68 of the world’s leading exchanges gathered in Paris this week for the 50th General Assembly and Annual Meeting of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE ). This assembly represents the largest and most widely attended gathering of global exchange leaders.

NEW YORK (April 19, 2010) – Leaders of the derivatives exchanges and clearinghouse members of the WFE who have gathered this week for the annual IOMA meeting, today issued a call for coordination of international regulatory reform that will foster additional transparency and more consequential risk management in off-exchange markets.

Madrid (February 1, 2010) – The officers and members of the Board of Directors of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) today announced priorities for the year in which WFE celebrates its 50th anniversary. The WFE brings the world’s regulated exchanges together in order to improve the quality of markets.

Paris, France (2 November 2009) – The World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) has announced the publication of an interactive report, “Exchanges and Sustainable Investment,” presented today at a United Nations event in New York. A follow up to the WFE’s 2004 report, the research provides an update on the growth of sustainable investments as mainstream products accessible to investors, regulators and companies.