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Results of the Semi-annual Survey of Foreign Exchange Market Activity in Hong Kong (October 2022)

7 Feb 2023


Press release


Results of the Semi-annual Survey of Foreign Exchange Market Activity in Hong Kong (October 2022)[1]



The Treasury Markets Association (TMA) announced today (Tuesday) the results of the Semi-annual Survey of Foreign Exchange Market Activity in Hong Kong in October 2022.  


The semi-annual survey is developed based on the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) triennial survey on foreign exchange and derivatives market turnover, but with simplified reporting requirements.  Reporting basis of the semi-annual survey is the same as that of the triennial survey, i.e. primarily the location of the sales desk servicing the transactions.  A total of 59 financial institutions (comprising 55 authorized institutions and 4 licensed corporations) participated in the semi-annual survey.  To safeguard data confidentiality, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority provided support in data handling and survey administration.


In October 2022, average daily turnover of foreign exchange transactions amounted to US$591.5 billion.  US dollar and Renminbi was the most heavily traded currency pair in the Hong Kong market, followed by Hong Kong dollar and US dollar, and then US dollar and Japanese yen.  More details can be found at Annex. 


The Australian Foreign Exchange Committee, the Canadian Foreign Exchange Committee, the Foreign Exchange Committee in New York, the London Foreign Exchange Joint Standing Committee, the Singapore Foreign Exchange Market Committee and the Tokyo Foreign Exchange Market Committee conducted similar surveys over the same time period for respective markets.  The TMA and these organisations have made arrangements to announce the results on the same day as far as practicable. 



Treasury Markets Association

7 February 2023


[1] Formerly known as “Semi-annual Survey of Foreign Exchange and Interest Rate Market Activity in Hong Kong”.  The change reflects that, starting from this survey, only foreign exchange market activity in Hong Kong will be covered.  This is to align with similar semi-annual surveys reported by the foreign exchange market committees in other financial centres listed in the last paragraph of this press release.



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