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FXCM Geo Footprint: Infographics

After its launch in 1999, FXCM has gradually grown to become the biggest retail Forex broker not only in the United States but also in Asia: currently the group extends its reach to 180 countries across the globe. And as the span of the broker's operations increases, we got an idea to present you with a couple of Infographics that the company itself has made as to illustrate the fortunes of its global operations.
We start with a map depicting the shares of various destinations in FXCM's overall retail Forex volumes for 2012. You may consider this is as some sort of “blast from the past” view – still it bears some rather important indications for the future of the group.
The first thing that strikes us is the large share of trading volumes from Chinese traders – it's at 20%, it's the highest in the world and surpasses two times the share of retail Forex volumes generated in the United States (10%). A quick reminder is that in the start of 2013 the broker forecast that its business in China will continue to grow. Low penetration of rival Forex brokers in the Asian country, along with excellent trading conditions from FXCM are likely to pave the company's way towards greater market share in China. 
Japan is also a strong performer with a 14% share – recent regulatory changes in leverage requirements have made the conditions more challenging but the company continues to enjoy solid presence in the Land of the rising Sun thanks to growth in white-label partnerships. From the infographic below you can see that Japanese traders account for a third of overall customer cash balance in the third quarter of 2013 – a continuous rise from levels seen in 2011.
A last thing that is seen in both pictures is the importance of the European market for the broker. In 2012, the European market generated 11% of all retail Forex volumes of the broker, while the UK generated 5% of those. The tendency continued over the past year as underlined by the latest Investment Trends study, it showed that FXCM kept boosting its market share in the UK and the rest of its non-US market. 
The broker is not losing pace in terms of ambitions and will most likely continue to boost its global presence via acquisitions. FXCM currently sits on $422 million in cash and $205 million undrawn on credit facility, sufficient firepower to conquer the Forex world. 

About FXCM Inc. 

FXCM Inc. (NYSE:FXCM) is a global online provider of foreign exchange, or FX, trading and related services to retail and institutional customers world-wide. 
 At the heart of FXCM's client offering is No Dealing Desk FX trading. Clients benefit from FXCM's large network of forex liquidity providers enabling FXCM to offer competitive spreads on major currency pairs. Clients have the advantage of mobile trading, one-click order execution and trading from real-time charts. FXCM's U.K. subsidiary, Forex Capital Markets Limited, offers Contract for Difference ("CFD") products with no re-quote trading and allows clients to trade oil, gold, silver and stock indices along with FX on one platform. In addition, FXCM offers educational courses on FX trading and provides free news and market research through
Illustrations for this article are courtesy of FXCM and are taken from the broker's presentation at the CJS Securities 14th Annual New Ideas for the New Year Investor Conference. 
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