DGCX Volumes Surge 40%
- Exchange Open Interest hits new record high of over USD 9.1 Billion in September
- Indian Rupee Quanto wins FOW’s Most Innovative Currency Contract in Asia and records highest Quarterly volume growth of 128 %
Dubai, October 4, 2016: Volumes on the Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange (DGCX) touched close to 14.76 million contracts, growing 40% from same period last year. This year, the Exchange recorded an average volume of 75,148 contracts a day, valued at around USD 1.71 billion. The Exchange also capped the third quarter with over 5 million contracts, growing 26% from Q32015.
Despite the festival season in September, trading activity significantly gained momentum post-Eid holidays, with DGCX trading an average of 88,131 contracts a day, growing 33% from the same period last year.
The Exchange also registered the highest average monthly Open Interest (OI) position of 438,111 contracts, representing growth of 172% over the same period last year. During September, the Exchange also recorded its highest ever OI of 593,583 contracts valued at over USD 9.1 billion.
The standout performer of the month was the Indian Rupee options contract which witnessed robust trading activity, registering close to 215,088 contracts this year, up 151% from last year. The options contract also recorded a substantial year-on-year growth of 707% , trading an average 1,956 contracts per day. Indian Rupee options traded a total of 82,999 contracts this quarter, recording an increase of 132% from Q32015. In addition, the contract also recorded the highest monthly Average OI of 13,840 contracts and also went to record its highest OI of 21,300 contracts on 28th September 2016.
Gaurang Desai, CEO of DGCX, said: “We view Open Interest as the most accurate measure of growth of a contract as it indicates increased trust and market participation in DGCX, and therefore, these numbers are very encouraging. It is particularly worth highlighting the performance of our Indian Rupee Options contract which has seen a surge in trading activity recently. This is reflective of market participants increasingly viewing ‘Options’ as an effective tool to hedge against volatile markets.”
The Exchange’s Indian Rupee Quanto which was recently recognized by the Futures and Options World (FOW) as the ‘Most Innovative Currency Contract in Asia’, recorded a significant volume growth of 57% year-on-year, trading an average of 24,591 contracts per day. The Quanto contract also recorded its highest OI of 336,604 contracts on 28th September 2016. The Indian Rupee Quanto traded a total of 1,581,871 contracts this quarter, up 128% from Q32015.
On the global connectivity front, DGCX entered into a strategic alliance with Avelacom, one of the fastest growing international telecom/IT companies providing infrastructure solutions. Through this partnership, DGCX aims to improve the accessibility of low latency applications which continue to see a high demand from the global financial communities.
DGCX now provides global access to its liquidity pool with cost effective connectivity solutions coupled with optimal capital efficiencies built into its trading and clearing infrastructure, thus making it an attractive global trading venue.
About DGCX:Established in 2005, DGCX is the region’s leading derivatives exchange and the only one allowing participants to clear and settle transactions within the Gulf region. The Exchange has played a pioneering role in developing the regional market for derivatives.
DGCX is a subsidiary of Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), a strategic initiative of the Government of Dubai, with a mandate to enhance commodity trade flows through the Emirate by providing the appropriate physical, market, financial infrastructure and services required. It is an electronic commodity and currency derivatives exchange with 267 members from across the globe, offering futures and options contracts covering the precious metals, energy and currency sectors. For more information: www.dgcx.ae