2013 Triennial Central Bank Survey of Foreign Exchange and Derivatives Market Activity

4 October 2012

Press release

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) announced today that in 2013 it will coordinate the ninth Triennial Central Bank Survey on Foreign Exchange and Derivatives Market Activity. The Triennial Central Bank Survey is the most comprehensive source of information on the size and structure of global foreign exchange and derivatives markets. By increasing market transparency, the Survey aims to help monetary authorities and market participants to better monitor patterns of activity and exposures in the global financial system.

Fifty-three central banks will participate in the 2013 Survey. 1 Participating central banks will survey financial institutions in their jurisdiction and submit national aggregates to the BIS, which will calculate and publish global totals. More than 5,000 financial institutions worldwide are expected to contribute.

Data on daily turnover in foreign exchange spot markets, as well as foreign exchange and interest rate over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives markets, will be collected in April 2013.  Data on the outstanding notional amounts and gross market values of foreign exchange, interest rate, equity, commodity, credit and other OTC derivatives contracts will be collected at end-June 2013.

The BIS has been working with central banks to prepare the guidelines and reporting templates for the upcoming Survey. The turnover part of the Survey will again be conducted on a residency basis, and the amounts outstanding part on a global consolidated basis.

The preliminary global results of the turnover part of the Survey are expected to be published by the BIS in September 2013, and those for the amounts outstanding part in November 2013. The final comprehensive report on the Survey should be available before the end of 2013.


1 Central banks or monetary authorities of: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong SAR, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. The same central banks participated in the 2010 Survey.