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The over-the-counter margin forex trading volumes dropped 31.3% to 10 283 617 (100 mln. JPY), while the on-exchange retail forex margin trading was 17.8% lower at 11 491 386 (100 mln. JPY), compared to preceding period. This is what shows the report of the Financial Futures Authority of Japan (FFAJ) for the Q3 of the regulator’s fiscal year 2015-2016, ending in March 2016. It is based on the data provided by FFAJ’s 145 regulated members.
In spite the drop compared to Q2, however, the overall year-to-date performance was still better, year-on-year.
The lower Q3 volumes can be partially explained by the 6.7% drop in the total number of active trading accounts to 734 023, as of the end of December 2015. In comparison, in the preceding quarter their number was 787 365.
At the same time, the customer margin deposits in Q3 rose by 5.8% quarter-on-quarter and reached 18 359 (100 mln. JPY)
The retail binary options brokers also reported a drop in their trading volume in Q3. At the end of December 2015 it stood at 1 309 (100 mln. JPY), 8.7% lower than in Q2.
Earlier in February the FFAJ regulated members reported a 49.9% increase in the OTC forex trading volume for January 2016, month-on-month, a 22.4% monthly increase in the on-exchange trading volumes and a 29% hike in the binary options brokers’ trading volume.