Retail foreign exchange trading is a relatively small but rapidly growing segment of the larger foreign exchange market where individuals speculate on the exchange rate between different currencies.
This segment's genesis and subsequent explosive growth was facilitated by the advent of the internet and dedicated electronic trading platforms which allowed individuals to access the global currency markets. In 2016, it was reported that volume from retail foreign exchange trading represented approximately 5.5% of the entire foreign exchange market (Approx $282 billion in daily trading turnover).
Prior to the development of forex trading platforms in the late 90s, forex trading was restricted to large multinational corporations, asset managers, and financial institutions who transacted - typically by telephone - in trades sizes of a minimum of approx $1,000,000 USD, and typically greater than $5,000,000.
Online retail forex trading didn't really exist until the late 1990s and was facilitated & accelerated by the confluence of several concurrent factors of that time: 1. Development of the internet & widespread adoption of high-speed broadband, 2. development of more powerful trading software, 3. FX brokers allowing trading on margin, and 4. adoption by FX brokers of the practice of allowing FX trades in much smaller trade sizes, typically approx $100,000 USD and even as low as $10,000 (in the case of the FXCM "minis") which was more palatable to retail FX traders.
Today, traders are able to trade spot currencies with market makers on margin. This mean they need to put down only a small percentage of the trade size and can buy and sell currencies in seconds.
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Co-founded in 1996 by Dr. Michael Stumm, a computer scientist, and Dr. Richard Olsen, an economist, OANDA was built on the belief that the internet and technology would open up the markets, both for data and trading, to create fair access for everyone. True to the belief, we were the first company to make comprehensive currency exchange information available over the Internet in 1996 and helped pioneer the development of internet-based currency trading in 2001.
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GAIN Capital is a US-based provider of online trading services, headquartered in Bedminster, New Jersey. The company provides market access and trade execution services in foreign exchange, contracts for difference (CFDs) and exchange-based products to retail investors. Trading is provided via one of two electronic trading platforms, its own proprietary FOREXTrader PRO, or MetaTrader 4. GAIN Capital allows retail and institutional clients to speculate on global foreign exchange markets in what is known as ‘margin forex trading’.
GAIN Capital operates retail foreign exchange and CFD trading brands, FOREX.com and City Index as well as GTX, a multi-dealer foreign exchange trading platform for institutions and futures group. It also owns advisory CFD business, SALT Invest, and futures provider, Daniels Trading.
Forex Capital Markets
better known as FXCM, is an online Foreign exchange market broker based in the United States.
At FXCM, we strive to give you the best trading experience. We offer access to the global forex trading market, with intuitive platform options, including our award-winning Trading Station. We also provide forex education, so whether you’re just getting started in the exciting world of forex trading, or you just want to sharpen the trading tools you’ve developed over the years, we’re here to help. Our customer service team, one of the best in the industry, is available 24/7, wherever you are in the world.
Try us out! Sign up for a free FXCM practice account, which lets you test out the platform and experience some of the account benefits we give to our traders. When you’re ready, you can open an FXCM account with as little as $50.
TradeStation Group, Inc.
TradeStation Group, Inc. is the parent company of online securities & futures brokerage firms and trading technology companies. It is headquartered in Plantation, Florida, and has offices in New York, Chicago, Richardson, TX, London, Sydney and Costa Rica. TradeStation is best known for the analysis software and electronic trading platform it provides to the active trader and certain institutional trader markets that enable clients to design, test, optimize, monitor, and automate their own custom equities, options & futures trading strategies. TradeStation Group was a Nasdaq GS-listed company from 1997-2011, until acquired by Monex Group, a Tokyo Stock Exchange listed parent company of one of Japan’s leading online securities brokerage firms.
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XM.com (previously known as XeMarkets) is a Cyprus-based international online foreign exchange broker.
XM sets high standards to its services because quality is just as decisive for us as for our clients. We believe that versatile financial services require versatility in thinking and a unified policy of business principles.
Our mission is to keep pace with global market demands and approach our clients’ investment goals with an open mind.
Risk Warning: Trading on margin products involves a high level of risk.
This page was last updated January 6th, 2018 by kim
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