hi everybody. well eurex got off to a great start for january. bund dec year on year down 56.2 %. bobl dec year on year 53.4 %. shatz dec year on year 48.6%. http://www.eurexchange.com/download/statistics/monthly/monthlystat_200901.xls not the best of starts for the new year in what was a busy month. anyway a couple of colleagues noted that eurex are doing the rounds and trying to get some feedback. rumours rife they are considering returning the bobl back to a full tick. that would be a welcome start. the worrying thing is after speaking to them they seemed to be in denial about algorithmic trading and the damage it causes. that is very worrying. what is even more worrying is the launch of the yes guys wait for it drumroll ddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd '''Eurex launches initiative to attract new participants New incentive program lowers transaction and connection costs in the first year after '''''''. http://www.eurexchange.com/download/statistics/monthly/monthlystat_200901.xls what the hell is this rubbish. as far as i can see no help for existing users and lower transaction costs and help for algorithmic trading. im lost for words to be honest. the stupidity of the people there amazes me. with volume continuing to fall this is their response. what a joke. i fear friends and traders. i fear the worse.