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Friday, March 30, 2007

OCC: Record Bank Trading Revenues of $18.8 Billion for 2006

by Calculated Risk on 3/30/2007 02:17:00 PM

OCC Reports Record Bank Trading Revenues of $18.8 Billion for 2006

Insured U.S. commercial banks posted a record $18.8 billion in trading revenues in 2006, up 31 percent from the previous annual record of $14.4 billion set in 2005, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency reported today in the OCC Quarterly Report on Bank Derivatives Activities. In the fourth quarter, commercial banks generated revenues of $3.9 billion from trading cash instruments and derivative products, off slightly from the $4.5 billion in trading revenues for the third quarter of 2006.

“Bank trading revenues have been strong the past few years due in large part to robust client demand, especially from large institutional investors such as hedge funds,” said Deputy Comptroller for Credit and Market Risk Kathryn E. Dick.

The OCC also reported that the notional amount of derivatives held by insured U.S. commercial banks increased $5.3 trillion, or 4 percent, to a record $131 trillion in the fourth quarter, 30 percent higher than year-end 2005.

The report noted that a fast-growing area has been credit derivatives, which increased to $9.0 trillion at year-end 2006, representing a 55 percent increase from the $5.8 trillion reported at year-end 2005. ...
Here is the report: OCC’s Quarterly Report on Bank Derivatives Activities: Fourth Quarter 2006