Global markets mixed amid low

Global Trade Finance volumes

For the first half of 2014, global trade finance loan volumes decreased for the fifth consecutive half-year period to US$50.1bn, down 19% from US$61.7bn in the second half of 2013 and down 29% from US$70.1bn in the first half of 2013. This was the lowest half-year volume since H1 2006 (US$42.5bn) and less than half the record high half-year volume of US$105.5bn borrowed in H2 2011.

ECA financing up

However, ECA financing increased 21% to US$37.2bn in H1 2014 from US$30.6bn in H2 2013. But this was still 13% less than the H1 2013 volume of US$42.6bn and the lowest H1 total since 2011 (US$31.4bn). Part of this increase was down to the substantial rise in global shipping ECA financed loans which reached US$5.8bn in H1 2014 – a 71% increase on US43.4bn in H1 2013 and the highest first half volume on record.

Citi topped the ECA financing MLA ranking with US$3.4bn in H1 2014, followed by HSBC with US$2.3bn.

PXFs up too

Pre-export loans reversed a two-consecutive year-on-year decrease with US$2.7bn in H1 2014, more than double the H1 2013 volume of US$1.2bn and the highest H1 total since 2011 (US$8.1bn).

The Dealogic information only comprises information declared by the banks and does not include deals that remain private, such as bilateral deals. Different banks have different policies on what they tell researchers.

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Popular Q&A

What percentage of overal trading volume are personal finance traders?

For example, how much are prices of stocks affected by institutions (e.g. funds) and how much by small personal traders. If they recommend a stock in a financial magazine (e.g., Kiplinger), will it affect its price significantly - individual traders wanting to buy it? How big volumes are "day traders" - 10%, 20% or 0.2%?

Goldberg and Lupercio, two analysts of the online trading industry, estimated that about 40% of all trading volume comes from a group of 50,000 "semi-professional" traders who use the major online brokerage firms. The analysis was for the year 2003.

So a good guess would be 40%.

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