The €1.6 quadrillion figure is one that I published last year on the basis of the ECB's own figures. However, the figures I used were based on transactions in 2011. So I thought it would be a good idea to try and get some numbers for 2012.
The complete figures are not yet available. In particular, the numbers for Payment Transactions for 2012 are not yet on the ECB website (they were €143.5 trillion in 2011). However, we do already have the values for transactions handled by the TARGET system in 2012. This totalled €634.1 trillion, of which €630.2 trillion was handled by the 17 Eurozone countries. To this we can add a further €57.9 trillion that was handled by the EURO 1 (EBA) system - you can find all the details here.
But the ECB also provides 3 other sets of data that you can find http://www.ecb.europa.eu/stats/payments/payments/html/12_table2.en.html. The first concerns numbers for Comparative Tables on Secrurities Trading Statistics which can be downloaded in pdf form for 2011-12 here. The second concerns "Securties Clearing Statistics" and can be found as a pdf here. Finally, there are numbers for Securities Settlement Statistics" for which the pdf can be downloaded here.
However, to compile the figures in a single sheet, I downloaded the original data as Excel sheets, and generated the following table that gives all three sets of data for every year since 2006. I've ranked each component for the three datasets by turnover so that you can see where the action is.
As you can see, 2012 was not a good year for the traders. Overall transactions were down substantially on 2011's record total of €862.9 trillion. In fact, there was a drop of 13.3% year on year, resulting in a total of only €747.9 trillion. Hard times indeed.
Nevertheless, Eurocelar Bank (Belgium) managed to process an impressive €309 trillion, followed by the €123 trillion that was handled by Euroclear France, €76.1 trillion by Iberclear, and €71.8 trillion processed by Clearstream Banking in Luxembourg.
In fact, it would appear that 2012 really was a tough year at the global level too - not just in the Eurozone. A report from the World Federation of Exchanges said that transaction figures in 2012 were down substantially:
- Electronic Order Book (EOB) Share Trading was down 22.5% to $49 trillion
- Cash value of Bond trading was down 20% to $26.1 trillion
- ETF trading was down 31.6% to $7.3 trillion
- Securitized Derivatives were down 43.3% to a mere $632 billion
Just imagine what providing €2500 to every man, woman and child in the Eurozone would do for the economy.