South Africa Tops New Deposits Index by FM Intelligence, Thailand Advances

A number of countries that you might not have expected are among the top ten for highest average FX deposits.

A new report from Finance Magnates Intelligence Department is showing an interesting comparison between established and new markets with regard to forex deposits. While more developed countries make up the majority of the top ten for deposits-per-GDP at FX brokerages, with six entries, some emerging markets have performed very strongly relative to their economy.

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The top ten deposit sources for FX firms, normalized for the size of the national economy per capita, in descending order, are South Africa, Germany, France, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Italy, Slovenia, Saudi Arabia and the Netherlands. While the forex industry has been growing in markets across Africa (such as Nigeria), it is surprising that a country from that continent not only made it onto the list, but topped it.

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The nations of Western Europe remain a powerhouse for investments which is not unexpected considering the many firms that focus on the region, but the fact that Indonesia, Thailand and Saudi Arabia appear on the list highlights the popularity of forex in these markets – the reason that many firms are expanding to MENA and South East Asia.

Thailand in particular has been getting more and more focus from brokerages lately and is considered by many to be the next growth market. The country is a unique battleground where both Japanese and Western firms compete for traders’ attention. Our data shows that the most popular brokers in terms of online searches are SBI Securities,, GMO Click, FXCM, DMM and Saxo Bank.

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