As we are preparing for the end of the year, the FX/CFD industry still mulls over Q3, which is now behind us. It was a very important quarter and showed us the real impact of ESMA’s regulatory changes. It also was a very unusual period, with operating metrics across the brokerage industry diverging significantly from what we would usually expect after the summer period.
This issue of our Quarterly Intelligence Report report could not miss the subject of the impact of ESMA regulations on the industry. For the first time, we were able to see how regulatory changes influenced both retail traders’ activity and brokers’ volumes.
The third quarter also saw the introduction of obligatory profitability statistics for retail accounts, which are the subject of our first, study-based article. Our article on this issue continues a subject matter that was touched on by Finance Magnates in our online publication. The original article sparked such a large reaction of the industry that we decided to broaden the scope of our research.
This edition is full of studies and research work. In our second article, we are looking at how the brokerage industry is using social media channels in promotional activities. We examine current trends and present valuable tips and advice that can be useful for companies that are still not fully utilizing their social media.
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Unusual volume patterns
In latest Quarterly Intelligence Report we also take a look at the retail FX/CFD industry, comparing critical operating metrics of retail brokers. Some surprising position changes in the volume rankings took place last quarter. Overall, some slowdown in the industry could be observed, a development that is quite unusual for this time of the year.
We highly recommend reading of this report. And as always, Finance Magnates Intelligence remains open to your comments regarding topics covered by us. If you would like to contribute to the next issue or have suggestions, please let us know.
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