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Results of the Semi-annual Survey of Foreign Exchange and Interest Rate Market Activity in Hong Kong (October 2019)
4 Feb 2020  

Press release

 

Results of the Semi-annual Survey of Foreign Exchange and

Interest Rate Market Activity in Hong Kong (October 2019)

 

 

The Treasury Markets Association (TMA) announced today (Tuesday) the results of the Semi-annual Survey of Foreign Exchange and Interest Rate Market Activity in Hong Kong in October 2019, which covers turnover in both FX transactions and over-the-counter (OTC) interest rate derivatives transactions.  The TMA conducted the semi-annual survey to increase the transparency of the Hong Kong foreign exchange and over-the-counter interest rate derivatives market.

 

The semi-annual survey is developed based on the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) triennial survey on foreign exchange and derivatives market turnover, but with simplified reporting requirements.  Reporting basis of the semi-annual survey is the same as that of the triennial survey, i.e. primarily the location of the sales desk servicing the transactions.  A total of 60 financial institutions (comprising 57 authorized institutions and 3 licensed corporations) participated in the semi-annual survey.  To safeguard data confidentiality, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority provided support in data handling and survey administration.

 

In October 2019, average daily turnover of foreign exchange transactions amounted to US$567.9 billion.  Hong Kong dollar and US dollar was the most heavily traded currency pair in the Hong Kong market, followed by US dollar and Renminbi, and then US dollar and Japanese yen.  Average daily turnover of interest rate derivatives amounted to US$257.2 billion.   Trading was most active in contracts denominated in Australian dollar, followed by US dollar and then Hong Kong dollar.  Turnover in foreign exchange and interest rate markets saw a general increase from the same time last year.  More details can be found at Annex. 

 

The Australian Foreign Exchange Committee, the Canadian Foreign Exchange Committee, the New York Foreign Exchange Committee, the Singapore Foreign Exchange Market Committee, the Tokyo Foreign Exchange Market Committee and the United Kingdom’s Foreign Exchange Joint Standing Committee conducted similar surveys over the same time period for respective markets.  The TMA collaborated with these organisations to announce the results on the same day.  The results of their surveys can be found at

 

http://www.afxc.rba.gov.au/statistics

http://www.cfec.ca/fx_volume.html

http://www.newyorkfed.org/fxc/volumesurvey/

http://www.sfemc.org/statistics.asp

http://www.fxcomtky.com/index_e.html

https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/markets/london-foreign-exchange-joint-standing-committee

 

 

Treasury Markets Association

4 February 2020


 

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