Finance Magnates Intelligence Department is proud to present our Q3 2016 QIR, the latest edition of the ultimate guide to the financial industry. The third quarter of 2016 was no less interesting and dramatic than the prior one.
The main event was of course, the aftermath of the Brexit vote in Britain. While the total effect of Britain’s disengagement from the EU is yet to be seen, the aftermath of the vote is alive and kicking. The GBP has continued its volatility, sending the forex and binary options industries into turmoil. We will continue to follow this process and its effects on the trading industry.
The forex trading volumes themselves were slightly lower than in the previous quarter. However, the overall numbers, which now include both FX and CFD volumes for all brokers, were slightly higher compared to Q2. Volatility was more significant between August and September.
In the regulatory field, the trading industry has seen the noose tightening on its activity. The Belgian regulator has banned forex, binary and CFDs activity altogether, while the French regulator has contemplated prohibiting advertising OTC trading.
In the institutional sphere, several large entities were fined in connection with the LIBOR investigations, exchange rates and mortgage-backed-securities (MBS).
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In this issue of the report, we have continued working to make it more useful and accurate for decision makers. The biggest news in this regard is the differentiation between forex and CFDs trading. The volumes section now features a breakdown of both types of trading by share of the total volume per broker. This move has also assisted us in improving comparisons between brokers, thereby fine-tuning the rankings of brokers by volumes.
In the magazine section, you will find two fascinating articles in the sphere of advanced technologies. The first offers an analysis on the HR practice in the fintech industry – an issue that draws growing attention. The second article covers the hottest trend in the financial industry – the implementation of AI technology. Both articles are written by special guest contributors, each a highly appreciated professional in his field.
The other part includes an extensive review of the financial industry in the Middle East and North Africa. This is the second time that we are dedicating a large portion of our report to a specific region, following the success of the Chinese report in the prior quarter.
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