EU derivatives markets highly concentrated

Five financial institutions accounted for almost half of notional credit and currency derivatives amounts in the European Union in 2018.

Data from the European Securities and Markets Authority (Esma) shows that 47% of outstanding credit derivatives notionals in the EU were held by the top five largest market participants, excluding central counterparties (CCPs).

The top five held 44% of all currency amounts, 41% of commodities amounts and 40% of equity amounts.

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