World in Review 2017

The year of 2017 saw a continued decrease in the overall trading activity on ExtZy in comparison to the previous year of 2016. Overall trades dropped 48% from 2016. Across these trades, there was again a large drop of 54% in the number of entities traded down to 25. The total volume of 2017 trades also decreased by 281, down from 951 (a 40% drop from 2016). Interestingly, the only quantitative measure that increased from 2016 was the average volume of shares per trade, with an increase from 10.1 to 14.9 in 2017. Although, this merely tells us that the reduced number of trades that were actioned simply carried greater weight.

Total Trades

Total Volume

Active Entity

Active Shareholders

Volume/ Trade

Trades/ Active Entity

Trades/ Active Shareholder

45

670

25

16

14.9

1.8

2.813

Countries

A major market shift that can be realised from analysing the 2017 market data is the revolution away from countries as the most dominant and highly traded market. Despite staying the most active, there was only a total of 5 country entities traded altogether across 2017.  The table below shows the list of 2017 countries ranked in order of trading activity, with Germany leading the way. Reasoning for this could come from Germanys parliamentary elections. This is especially true within the results, which saw Angela Merkel secure her fourth term, although, with the Christian Democratic Unions worst electoral performance since 1949. With for one, people knowing about and for two, people expecting certain results within the elections, this could explain both Germanys increased activity and large value fluctuations; with people expecting Germanys internet search rate to increase and hence investing speculatively.

Interestingly, despite the abundance of news that surrounded the United States over 2017, such as a Hurricane Harvey, the Las Vegas shooting and the Trump-Kim ‘war of mouths’, there was only one trade buying into the United States. This unusual result could also be exacerbated by the reduced number of active users in 2017.

Rank (Activity)

Country

Volume

Price

Trade Low

Trade High

1

Germany

22

3.88

3.1

4.87

2

Jamaica

11

8

6.4

8

3

United States

10

10.67

10.67

10.67

4

New Zealand

1

6.79

6.79

6.79

5

Ukraine

1

1.75

1.75

1.75

Political Parties

Another interesting measure to look at is the rise in trade activity within the Political Parties Market. In 2016, there was only one trade with a user buying into the Liberal Democrats. In comparison, 2017 saw four total trades into three different parties, with a 170 total share volume between them. This represented a massive 1700% volume increase from 2016, which could be explained by the 2017 General Election, a significant event likely to increase traders excitement and speculation around the Political Parties Market.

Rank (Activity)

Political Party

Volume

1

Conservative Party

65

2

Green Party of England and Wales

100

3

Scottish National Party

5

2016 - 2017 Transition

The overall trend from 2016 to 2017 saw a decrease in trading activity on ExtZy. A reduced number of trades were action, although these did carry on average a greater volume per trade. The countries market remained overall the most attractive market to invest it, but also experienced a decrease in activity, with Germany being the favoured stock in 2017. None the less, activity within the Political Parties Market rose and total trading volume increase by a huge proportion from 2016, but will these findings continue into 2018?