The Futures Industry Association Tuesday reported global exchange-traded volume volume was up 42.3% from the same period a year ago and 7.7% higher than in July 2021.
Once again, monthly gains were paced by an increase in options trading. The group said a total of 5.29 billion futures and options traded in August, with options making up 2.89 billion of the total and futures comprising 2.39 billion.
Looking at asset classes, equity index futures and options volume was up 73.8% in August compared with year-ago totals, as the S&P 500, Nasdaq and Dow indexes made new highs, confounding analysts who expected an August slump.
Futures and options trading in the Asia Pacific led the monthly volume gains on a regional basis, up 7.6% from July 2021 and nearly 64% higher than a year ago with 2.69 billion contracts traded in August 2021.
Combined futures and options volume on a year-to-date basis for the first eight months of 2021 was 39.11 billion contracts, up 32.7% from the same period in 2020.
Open interest for all futures and options contracts at the end of August 2021 totaled 1.12 billion contracts, compared with 1.11 billion at the end of July 2021.