What Are The Most Liquid Markets In The World?

Discussion in 'Trading' started by Aranha, Feb 6, 2002.

  1. Aranha


    Currency (U.S Dollars, Euro...etc)? Which one in this category?

    Bonds? Which one in this category?

    Interest Rates? Which one in this category?

    Stocks? Which one in this category?

    Futures? Which one in this category?
  2. Rigel


  3. I had already studied this once:

    Currency: USD/EUR,JPY
    Bonds: Eurex: FGBL future
    Stocks: Nasdaq
    Stock/Index Futures: S+P
  4. wild



    interest rates : CME Eurodollar (symbol ED )

    bonds : CBOT long bonds (symbol US)

    stocks : QQQ ... occasionally TYC (yesterday´s volume 175 million)


  5. Aranha


    About the currency market, which I'm not very familiar with, I was told that there are two types, correct? The SPOT and the Futures.

    Which one of them is the most liquid and what is their symbols?

  6. SPOT is the cash market where institutions trade large quantitis in a decentral market (most via telephone, ReutersFX etc). Futures are traded at CME/Globex but are by far less liquid than the SPOT
  7. Aranha


    Where can I find quotes/data for the SPOT?

    The futures are traded in the CME, right?

    What about the SPOT?

    Where is it traded?
  8. wild


    CME/Globex currency futures quotes regularly reflect the spot/forward market prices of the underlying currencies ...


    the spot/forward "Forex" markets are not for retail/individual investors/speculators ... imo

    having said this, look at www.oanda.com or www.gni.co.uk for instance ...


  9. UK2004


    SPOT foreign exchange is exchange of two cash currencies in two days from time of trade apart from Canadian dollar which is one day. Spot foreign exchange is traded on the interbank market by means of over the counter trading between the two banks or through an inter-dealer broker, however, using leverage retail investors can participate in the interbank market but it is not really worth it yet as it is still in its early times. You can find quotes for spot prices in the financial times, on bloomberg website, on most bank websites.

    Forwards are a derivative but are also traded on the interbank market they are cash transactions again like spot but are for a specified time in the future eg USD/EUR 3 month forward.

    Currency futures are different, they are an exchange traded future and are a contract trade unlike a forward which is a cash trade. Currency options are also traded on a derivatives exchange. In terms of liquidity spot fx most liquid market in world for developed world currencies ie USD/EUR USD/GBP USD/JPY, then there are the illiquid currencies of the emerging markets like Thai Baht, Mexican Peso, South African Rand these are not so liquid. The derivatives markets in the case of futures and options are fairly illiquid and the forwards are highly liquid.

    My advice to you is to read 'Trading the Global Currency Markets' you will glean a lot of information from there. Hope this helps.