Published on August 25, 2017
Fixed income market participants continue to grapple with cross currents stemming from geopolitics and central bank policies that appear to have limited easing potential. With equity markets cautious against a correction to protect the gains already posted in 2017, government bonds are seeing strong demand. This is particularly evident in the UK where Gilt 10-year yields have compressed from 1.32% to 1.08% since mid-July, 11 bps below its 2017 average of 1.19%.
"With the market indicating diminishing prospects of policy tightening from the Bank of England over the short term, we’re seeing market participants turn to gilt futures to manage their portfolio risk. This demand continues to drive liquidity in the market, as evidenced by strong ADV growth and record open interest," says Chris Rhodes, Head of Interest Rates at ICE.
RISING LIQUIDITY IN LONG GILT FUTURES
Against the current political and economic backdrop, especially in UK markets, trading activity in ICE’s European interest rate complex is up more than 30% year to date. And there’s a heightened focus on ICE Long Gilt futures, where July ADV was up 11%, and today open interest stands at an all-time high, surpassing 1 million lots on 18 August.
Volume and Open Interest as of August 24, 2017
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