Largest derivatives exchanges worldwide 2018, by volume

The CME Group, incorporating Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade and New York Mercantile Exchange and Commodity Exchange (COMEX), was the largest derivatives exchange in the world in 2019, with over 4.8 billion contracts traded that year. A derivative is a financial instrument that is based on an underlying asset, such as an equity, commodity, or currency. It can be traded over-the-counter or on an exchange. The most common types of derivatives are futures, options, forwards and swaps.

How large is the derivative market?

There are billions of derivatives traded globally every year. The largest markets for derivatives trading are Asia Pacific and North America. Currency options and futures alone contribute hundreds of millions of dollars in volume to the largest exchanges. Much of this volume is due to large corporations trying to hedge risk. For example, an international corporation may invest in a currency derivative to ensure that it can buy a particular currency at or below a certain price at some point in the future, protecting against an unfavorable shift in the exchange rate.

Largest derivatives exchanges worldwide in 2018, by number of contracts traded

Number of traded contracts in millions
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Release date

March 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

Figures have been rounded.

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