As uncertainty over Brexit and the U.S. presidential race has jolted the markets through the year, there's been one clear beneficiary.
The futures markets are seeing activity like never before, and that's likely to continue through the rest of the year, according to a TABB Group analysis. In addition to the activity generated by June's Brexit vote, the upcoming election as well as the prospect of rising interest rates likely will move volumes even higher.
"Projected 2016 volumes are up across all market sectors, with the energy, metals, ags/commodities and equities sectors all tracking for double-digit increases," TABB senior analyst Tom Lehrkinder said in the report.
Futures trading volume is expected to hit 3.6 billion contracts for the year, a 12 percent increase over 2015's 3.2 million.
In addition to a surge in futures activity, TABB projects a sharp rise in options on futures trading. That category is expected to jump about 15 percent this year, also to a record.
Futures contracts require owners to buy or sell particular assets at a later date at set price targets. Futures options allow the owner the choice of whether to exercise the contract.