Spectrum Markets announced that trading volumes for the second quarter of 2022 grew 96% compared to the same quarter last year.
Spectrum Markets exchanges nearly doubled
Our Q2 Business Update is out, revealing continued positive momentum as trading volumes and turnover have reached all-time quarterly highs. https://t.co/q2NzoXAFCn#capitalmarkets #trading #derivatives pic.twitter.com/OUEqv727Mu
— SPECTRUM MARKETS (@SpectrumMarkets) July 15, 2022
Spectrum Markets is a pan-European trading venue for securitized derivatives based in Frankfurt and regulated by BaFin. It recently released its second quarterly corporate update of the year.
The report reveals that $357 million of securitized derivatives were traded on its platform in the just-concluded second quarter of 2022, up from $182 million in the second quarter of 2021. This increased revenue by 250% over last year to $879 million in the quarter.
Trading by retail users also grew, from 34.2% to 40.2%, mainly due to out-of-hour trading.
As many as 40.2% of individual trades in the quarter took place outside traditional hours, namely after 5:30 PM and before 9:00 AM CET.
It is possible that these increases are due to the addition of cryptocurrencies, with turbo warrants on Bitcoin and Ethereum, which occurred at the beginning of the quarter. Notably, this was indeed the first time in Europe that financial institutions were offering turbo warrants on cryptocurrencies to retail clients, on-site, 24 hours a day, 5 days a week.
In fact, off-hours trading on cryptocurrency turbo warrants alone accounted for 53.9% of flows in the quarter.
Of the securitized derivatives traded, 88.6% were on indices, 4.8% on commodities, 5.4% on currency pairs, 1% on equities, and 0.2% on cryptocurrencies, with the most heavily traded underlyings being those on the S&P 500 (25.7%), DAX 40 (24.7%), and NASDAQ 100 (15.2%).
In addition, Spectrum welcomed one of Italy’s largest independent investment banks, Equità, as a direct member of the exchange, thereby incorporating a significant new source of trading volume.
According to Spectrum Markets CEO Nicky Maan, the trend of European retail investors being very active during out-of-hours trading will persist, despite a broader downturn in trading triggered by economic uncertainty in the macro environment.
In such a context, Spectrum‘s second-quarter gains might appear to be an anomaly, but are instead easily explained precisely by the addition of cryptocurrency trading, and the new turbo warrant products in this regard. After all, as far as crypto markets are concerned, the quarter just ended was filled with news and change, with a lot of volatility that is often appreciated particularly by retail speculators.