Gold and rupee futures continued their strong run on the Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange (DGCX), driving a 211 per cent year-on-year increase in the Exchange’s volumes in July.
Building on its robust performance in the first half of the year, DGCX recorded a total of 965,637 contracts in July, valued at $35.8 billion, its fifth consecutive monthly volumes record.
July volumes - a nine per cent increase from June - took the Exchange’s year-to-date volumes to 4,813,649 contracts, a 179 per cent rise from the 1,728,213 contracts achieved in the same period in 2011.
Currency volumes in July surged 223 per cent from last year to total 897,918 contracts. DGCX’s Indian rupee futures was again the mainstay of currency growth, registering a year-on-year increase of 263 per cent to aggregate 892,349 contracts this month. Among other currency contracts, Australian Dollar futures and Swiss Franc futures grew 49 per cent and 24 per cent from June respectively.
Meanwhile, DGCX gold futures, one of the fxchange’s flagship contracts, saw a substantial year-on-year increase of 104 per cent to end the month on 55,320 contracts. Year-to-date volumes for gold futures reached 312,772 contracts, an 11 per cent increase from the same period in 2011.
Gary Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, DGCX, said, “Over the first half of 2012, DGCX has actively sought to boost liquidity and volume in our key contracts by introducing contract changes and incentivizing market makers to provide better pricing. We are encouraged by the increased volumes that we have achieved as a result of these initiatives. We are also continuing to explore new products and services that along with our new state-of-the-art technology platform will better support the hedging and investment needs of a wide range of market participants in the region.”