2016 has been a banner year for securities lending, as tracked by the revenues generated by assets in lending programs.
- Lending revenues are set for their best year since 2012
- US stocks drove most of the revenue uplift as short sellers regained appetite
- Germany, Hong Kong and ETFs were the least active areas this year
2016 has delivered more than its fair share of shock political outcomes, market volatility and growth concerns, which in turn helped the securities lending industry register its strongest revenue year since 2012. The $15 trillion plus of assets in lending programs tracked by the Markit Securities Finance Database have so far generated $8.06bn of revenues for the year to December 20th, which is more than the $7.81bn of aggregate revenues earned by the group over the whole of last year. This trajectory puts the industry on track to generate around 6.3% more revenue than 2015, which would make 2016 the top revenue generating year in over five years.
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