The Futures Industry Association released its July 2021 report on worldwide volume and open interest for exchange-traded derivatives on Tuesday, and it shows a volume gain of 26.9% compared with July 2020 for a combined total of 4.91 billion contracts. However, trading slowed down from its torrid pace of early summer — July volume was down 2.4% from the month earlier.
Year-to-date volume for the first seven months of 2021 year was 33.82 billion contracts, up 31.3% from the same period of 2020. Total open interest at the end of July 2021 was 1.11 billion contracts, the FIA report shows, up 1.8% from the previous month and up 11.2% from a year ago.
A further breakdown of the data shows options trading again led the volume uptick in July with 2.69 billion options contracts traded versus 2.23 billion futures.
Looking at asset classes, equity indexes paced futures and options volume, but trading in interest rate futures also was up, jumping by 51.0% in July. Trading in precious metals futures and options contracts declined 45.0%.
On a regional basis, futures and options trading in the Asia-Pacific led the pack last month, up 38.3% from July 2020, followed by North America, which saw volume increase by 25.6%.