The retail brokerage unit of the Japanese IT giant GMO Internet, GMO Click, has released its over-the-counter (OTC) foreign exchange (forex) trading volumes for the month of November this Wednesday.
The volumes were provided to Finance Magnates from GMO Click itself. The data shows that the Japanese broker has seen a drastic drop in trading, which echoes the results published by other brokers and trading providers.
During November, GMO Click achieved a total volume of $465.2 billion for OTC forex trading. This is significantly less than the $646.5 billion that the broker reported for the previous month. In fact, last month’s figure has fallen by 28.0 percent month-on-month.
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The trading volume achieved in November is the lowest monthly figure posted by the firm so far this year. The next lowest volume was achieved in February, the shortest month of the year, which had a trading volume of $477.2 billion.
Last month’s trading volume hasn’t just declined on a monthly comparison. It is also lower when measuring it against the same period of the previous year. In particular, because November of 2018 had a trading volume of $602.2 billion, November of 2019’s result is lower by 22.7 percent.
2019 proves a difficult year for brokers
November’s volumes follow an overall difficult year for trading providers in the forex space. Despite January providing a solid start to 2019, many firms have reported weak results for multiple months of this year.
Taking a look at on-exchange trading, GMO Click reported a monthly trading volume of $1.9 billion. This also represents a drop of 17.4 percent from the $2.3 billion volume achieved by the broker in October.