Australian dollar still the world’s fifth-most traded currency

Peter Terlato 2 September 2016

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But activity in Australia's foreign exchange market has softened since 2013.

A new study has found the Australian dollar (AUD) remains the world's fifth-most traded currency, significantly behind the US dollar (USD) and trailing the Euro (EUR), Japanese Yen (JPY) and Great British Pound (GBP).

The Triennial Central Bank Survey of foreign exchange and OTC derivatives markets in 2016 was coordinated by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and conducted by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA).

The survey monitored global activity in foreign exchange markets across 52 countries.

The AUD's 6.9% share of global currency turnover fell 1.7% over the last three years, while the US dollar gained a further 0.6% of the total market share during the same period.

The RBA says activity in Australia's foreign exchange market has softened since 2013. Total turnover fell by around 25%, compared with a 5% decrease in global turnover over the same period.

The Euro lost 2.1% market share since 2013, while the GBP gained 1% in the three years to 2016.

Chinese Yuan (CNY) enjoyed a 1.8% increase in overall market share since 2013 and the Russian Ruble (RUB) lost 0.5% over the same period.

The AUD/USD continues to be the fourth most traded currency pair, having also accounted for a slightly decreased share of global turnover.

USD/EUR was the most traded pair, with 23% of the global market share, well ahead of the USD/JPY at 17.7%.

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