By Simon Miller

Exchange traded derivatives accounted for some 25bn contracts traded on exchanges worldwide in 2011 according to draft figures from the World Federation of Exchanges.

With 13bn options and 12bn futures, the growth rate remains "significantly high" at 12% according to the figures although 14% lower than the previous year.

The American region and EAME regions experienced 13% growth rate while growth in the Asia Pacific region saw 10% growth.

As a result, the number of traded contracts experienced an annual compound growth rate of 15.5% per year as opposed to an 8.5% per year value of share trading on cash markets.

Speaking at the WFE IOMA conference in London before the presentation of the findings, Eurex CEO and IOMA vice-chariman Andreas Preuss said that despite the growth, the industry would faced challenges in the near future.

"In terms of regulation, trends and technology, the industry will expect its biggest challenges ever, he said.

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