well another year passed and finally the annual volumes were released by eurex. i didnt see a press release for this one with the usual fanfare but then again this is not the sort of thing people like to read about. bobl volume down 4.14% for the year compared to 2006. bund volume down 13.65% for the year compared to 2006. shatz volume down 14.20% for the year compared to 2006. in a year where fixed income was extremely busy this does not bode well for the exchange. mark my words this is serious. the first ever year on year fall since eurex began. the reason for this as i have explained before. algo based systems, neural networks and any kind of pre programmed bollocks that is allowed to trade with very little cost is destroying the business. the figures speak for themselves. as for my own trading i did ok in january to march, struggled april to july and then did fantastic august to december. mostly as a result of sub prime meltdown and the fact that some algos ran home to mama crying leaving the exchanges with no liquidity. where did the alogos go traders and exchanges asked. went up shit creek without a paddle is where they went. anyway lets see how they get on in 2008. i predict a new trend for the volumes and it aint up. wake up exchanges. get rid of these algos and the wankers that run them. they deserted you in august and they will desert you again. show some loyalty to real traders and reduce my brokerage. happy new year everbody. shit new year to any algo based company and hope you lose the lot.