Tradeweb Reports Robust Monthly Volumes in June; Strong Second Quarter Caps Record Half Year
Tradeweb Markets Inc. (Nasdaq: TW), a leading, global operator of electronic marketplaces for rates, credit, equities and money markets, today reported average daily volume (ADV) of $780.9 billion (bn) in June, a decrease of 8.9 percent (%) year over year (YoY). For the second quarter of 2020, Tradeweb reported ADV of $778.4bn, up 3.5% YoY, and preliminary average variable fees per million dollars of volume traded of $2.56.
Lee Olesky, Tradeweb CEO, said: “While historic interventions of central banks globally certainly calmed volatility across rates trading, activity remained high on Tradeweb platforms and June capped our best half of a year ever for volumes. Our clients want to do more electronically, and the diversity of our business across products and geographies was built to serve this demand.”
Tradeweb ADV in H1 2020 was $837.5bn, beating the prior six month record of $752.3bn set in H2 2019.
Global cash credit continued to perform strongly, with record ADV of $8.1bn in June and a quarterly record of $7.8bn. Electronic portfolio trading, which Tradeweb was the first to launch in January 2019, has now facilitated more than $100bn in volume traded globally since launch, with more than $60.3bn traded so far this year.
Tradeweb set both monthly and quarterly records in emerging markets, with more than $3.6bn ADV over the quarter. This was led by exceptionally strong emerging market swaps volumes with a significant number of new counterparties trading.
- U.S. government bond ADV was up 11.4% YoY to $95.9n, and European government bond ADV was up 10.0% YoY to $28.1bn.
- Issuance remained high to support announced global stimulus programs and there continued to be robust trading in bills markets.
- Mortgage ADV was down 10.5% YoY to $168.4bn.
- With rates remaining relatively range bound, mortgage trading moderated from recent highs. Year over year performance was impacted when compared with June 2019 activity when rates volatility spiked. Trading in specified pools continued to grow with the addition of new participants.
- Rates derivatives ADV was down 31.5% YoY to $204.7bn.
- Swaps activity declined as rates volatility across the curve calmed, especially in comparison to June 2019 when rates volatility spiked. Activity for short-tenor swaps (<1 year) was softer as a result of reduced portfolio compression activity. In addition to record trading in emerging market swaps, Forward Rates Agreement (FRA) risk mitigation trading continued to see further adoption.