BIS data show derivatives market contracting

The rapid growth of the derivatives market reversed in the wake of the collapse of now-defunct investment bank Lehman Brothers - an event which revealed the fragility of the industry - data from the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) out Tuesday reveal.

The derivatives industry boomed in the run-up to the crisis. But the BIS report showed that the market shrank in the second half of 2008 for the first time since the collection of data began in 1998 when the industry was worth $72 trilli

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