Global Futures and Options Volume by Category.

February 5, 2013 Global Futures and Options Volume by Category in Billions of Contracts: The figures above reflect the total number of contracts traded, over the last six months, in billions of contracts on all world futures and options exchanges. The legend, for the pie chart, is on the right. As you can see, at the top of the list are Stock Indices. At 4.2 billion contracts, stock indices topped the list and includes all stock indices traded in the world. Individual stocks was second with 3.5 billion contracts. Interest Rate contracts were third with 1.9 billion, followed by currency (1.5B), Agricultural (0.5B) and other (0.8B). The other category is shown on the right column, between the pie chart and the legend list. It includes energy (0.4B), metals (0.3B) and other (0.1B). Metals includes both precious and non-precious metals. Energy includes contracts based on emissions. Other includes fertilizer, housing, inflation, lumber, plastics, weather and others. Total futures and options, traded during the period, totaled 12.4 billion contracts.
Commodities (futures contracts) are primarily hedging devices or insurance against sudden changes in prices. As you can see from the list of futures, you can hedge almost anything, including the weather.
Using a wheat analogy,  farmers would much rather be sure of what price they are going to get for their crop. This allows them to perform financial planning and analysis such as budgeting, cash flow, source and applications of funds statements, proforma balance sheets and income statements. The same may be said of the user, the bread companies for example. The speculators, which hope to profit from forecasting the direction of prices, create volume for the producers and users.
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1 Response to Global Futures and Options Volume by Category.

  1. Kajajuk says:

    Interesting news;
    “There have been more than nine insider sales for every one buy over the past week among NYSE stocks, according to Vickers. The last time executives sold their company’s stock this aggressively was in early 2012, just before the S&P 500 went on to correct by 10 percent to its low for the year.”

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