The Moscow Exchange (MOEX), the largest exchange group in Russia, released its monthly trading report this Monday. MOEX ended May with a slight downturn in total month-on-month trading volume.
At the end of April, the exchange saw a total trading volume of RUB 77.4 trillion ($1.25 trillion). In May, this figure decreased to RUB 71.1 ($1.15 trillion), meaning there was an 8 percent decrease in total trading for the firm.
This decline was in part explained by a downturn in trading in the equities and bond markets. In April, the firm finished the month with RUB 3.13 trillion ($50 billion) in equities and bond trading. At the end of last month, this number had declined to RUB 2.49 trillion ($40 billion) – a 20.4 percent decrease.
Small dips in FX and money markets
There was a similar downturn in the derivatives markets. At the end of May, the firm had a total derivatives trading volume of RUB 6.7 trillion ($110 billion). This marked an 18 percent decline on April in which the firm finished with RUB 8.2 trillion ($130 billion) worth of derivatives trading.
In the FX markets, there was also a notable decrease in trading activity. At the end of April, the Russian exchange had a total FX trading volume of RUB 31.8 trillion ($510 billion). This number decreased in May to RUB 30.2 trillion ($490 billion) – a 5 percent decline.
The money markets, the largest part of MOEX’s business along with FX, also saw a slight decline in May. MOEX saw a total trading volume of RUB 31.7 trillion ($510 billion) in money markets this April. That figure declined by approximately 4 percent to RUB 30.4 trillion in May.