Forex trading volumes: all brokers lose momentum in Aug 2016

Forex trading volumes: all brokers lose momentum in Aug 2016

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All retail forex brokers posted very low levels of trading metrics in August 2016 and most saw double-digit drop in their trading volumes and daily average revenue trades (DARTs), according to brokers’ monthly reports. The month was harsh for all brokers, regardless of the markets where they operate. For some of them, August was the weakest one in a few months.

The statistics is based on the latest reports of the key market players and does not include the metrics of UK forex brokers, including IG Group, Plus500, CMC Markets, Oanda, among others, since they do not publish such data.

Last month, US broker Gain Capital continued to lag behind Saxo Bank, a Danish bank specialized in providing online trading services, and Cyprus-based broker Exness. Saxo Bank became the third largest forex broker in April, and Exness outperformed Gain Capital in July when it reached all-time highest trading volumes and became the world’s fourth largest forex broker by trading volumes.

Otherwise, brokers kept their previous positions in the ranking. Despite a tremendous monthly drop of nearly 33% in trading volume, GMO Click Securities, part of Japanese brokerage group GMO Click Holdings, kept its position as the largest retail forex broker with the highest August trading volume of JPY 116.4 trillion, or about $1.1 trillion. US forex giant Forex Capital Markets, or FXCM, posted a the lowest monthly drop of 4%, but is still significantly behind the leader with a trading volume of $270 billion in August.

Following is more details about the monthly trading volumes of retail forex brokers for August 2016:


Meanwhile, some other brokers that offer forex, but specialize in stocks and futures as well, posted daily average revenue trades (DARTs), or the daily number of transactions that generate revenue, for last month, instead of trading volumes. All of them saw monthly drop in DARTs, ranging from 4% to 21.4%. US broker Interactive Brokers continues to top the list with 576,000 DARTs last month and the lowest monthly drop of 4%.


($=113.77 Japanese yen)

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