OTC foreign exchange turnover for five forex instruments in Italy 2001-2019

In 2007, the average daily turnover of foreign exchange (forex) transactions and derivatives traded in Italy had risen significantly, before dropping during the next few years, with the average turnover in 2019 being lower than the initial value recorded in 2001. The most commonly traded foreign exchange instrument was foreign exchange rate swaps, which amounted to a rough value of 22 billion U.S. dollars in 2007. The least traded foreign exchange instrument was currency swaps, with the highest value of roughly 354 million U.S. dollars being recorded in 2016.

Average daily turnover of foreign exchange transactions and derivatives in Italy from 2001 to 2019, by instrument

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Source

Release date

December 2019

Region

Italy

Survey time period

2001 to 2019

Supplementary notes

All values taken as of April each year.

Over the counter (OTC) refers to foreign exchange transactions that occur outside regulated exchanges (such as the New Yok Stock Exchange or London Stock Exchange).

  • Spot transaction: the exchange of two currencies within two days without a signed contract;
  • Forward: an agreement for the purchase and sale of currency at a fixed price at a point in the future (generally after 90 days);
  • Swap: the simultaneous lending and borrowing of two different currencies between two investors (i.e. one investor borrows an amount in one currency, then repays in a different currency);
  • Option: an agreement to exchange one currency for another at an agreed rate at some time on the future, but with no obligation to carry out the transaction (unlike with forwards).

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