Kabu, which operates a Japanese online brokerage, published its trading metrics for April, reporting an excellent jump in over-the-counter (OTC) forex trading demand from last year. However, there was a significant drop when compared to the previous month’s numbers.
According to the broker, monthly trading volume OTC forex instruments for last month came in at ¥46 trillion, a month-over-month decline of almost 19 percent. But, when compared year-over-year, April’s forex more than doubled, gaining 104 percent.
Following the trend in the trading industry, Kabu’s forex demand last March soared only to drop in the consecutive month. The platform’s FX volume peaked that month with almost ¥55 trillion, which is even higher than the numbers achieved in March 2020 when the markets were experiencing heavy volatility.
Kabu’s latest numbers came in line with the industry trend as Finance Magnates reported a similar trading dip in April across several other global platforms.
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April had 21 trading days, compared to March with 23 trading days.
Apart from the forex market, the demand in the securities market witnessed a drop in April. Compared to March, securities trading volume in the month came down by more than 30 percent to ¥24 trillion. Unlike forex, securities demand plummeted on a yearly chart as well.
Additionally, the number of newly opened accounts dropped. Last month, Japanese brokerage opened 10,834 accounts, compared to 16,713 accounts opened in the previous month. Kabu ended the month with a total of 1,282,125 securities accounts.
Furthermore, the monthly disclosure by the broker revealed that the asset under custody with it was ¥25.9 trillion by the end of April, which is a marginal drop month-over-month. The credit balance remained at ¥2.4 trillion.