A solid March

FXCM Retail and Institutional Trading Volumes Rebound Sharply in March

In what must be the sharpest rebound in the history of the brokerage retail trading volumes spiked 40%, while institutional

According to an announcement made by FXCM, the retail and institutional trading volumes at the NYSE listed brokerage rebounded sharply higher in March. The company reported retail trading metrics for March rebounding 40% to $375 billion which is also 29% higher than a year ago.

The announcement highlights that volume from indirect sources accounted for 36% of total retail volume in the first quarter 2015. For the first three months of 2015, retail clients holding accounts with FXCM traded about $1.1 trillion, which is 20% lower than in the fourth quarter of 2014, but 17% higher when compared to the first quarter of 2014.

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The average daily volumes totaled $17.1 billion in March, which is 29% higher than in February 2015 and 24% higher than March 2014.

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An average of 591,122 retail client trades per day in March 2015, 15% higher than February 2015 and 38% higher than March 2014.

As of March 31st, the total number of retail trading accounts totaled to 222,279, which marked a modest decline when compared to the previous month. The total retail clients figure decreased by440 accounts or 0.2%. The figure is still higher by 33,016 accounts, or 17%, when compared to a year ago.

On the institutional front FXCM didn’t fare worse, in fact the rebound in the metrics was even sharper, spiking 53% to $248 billion in March 2015. The figure is 24% higher than a year ago. Average daily volume totaled $11.3 billion in March 2015, which is 40% higher than in February and 19% higher than a year ago.

An average of 53,827 institutional client trades per day in March 2015, 72% higher than February 2015 and 43% higher than March 2014.

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