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Retail Assets at US Forex Brokers Finally Grow in Jan'2014

After seeing a couple of months of declines in the amount of retail assets under custody of US Forex brokers registered as futures commission merchants (FCMs), we were happy to note that in January 2014 the fortunes in this respect finally brightened. 


According to the latest raft of data published by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the big-teeth US watchdog, the retail funds with FCMs amounted to a total of USD 605.1 million in January 2014, compared with USD 600.78 million in December 2013.  In percents that's a very small rise of 0.7% but in currency the size of the increase looms bigger at $4.32 million. The increase looms even bigger if we consider that it comes after several months of declines – you must remember that in November 2013, the month-on-month fall in retail assets was very steep at $24 million. So, yes, US retail Forex brokers have what to rejoice. 


In case you want a more detailed picture, you may consider our table, summarizing data from the CFTC report:


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The technical comment is due straight away: there appears to be data missing about Institutional Liquidity – it appears that one of the brokers with some very solid amount of client assets over the past months suddenly lost them all. It could be that we were right about ILQ exiting the US retail FX market, or (more likely), there could be a mistake in the report. Moreover, there is this interestingly surprising growth in retail client assets at RJ Obrien. OK – this time the CFTC got us confused a lot. Anyway, we'll keep you posted in case there is some update to this.


On the brighter side, the retail fund growth was obviously driven by several of the big companies in the US market: FXCM, GAIN Capital ( and OANDA. You can see that FXCM led the way with the volume of its retail client funds increasing by $9.7 million month-on-month to $162.3 million. GAIN saw a rise of $1.5 million, while OANDA enjoyed a growth of $1.7 million. By the way, FXDD recorded a second monthly rise in assets volumes (although a small one) in a row, which is a remarkable achievement for a broker that has been battered by regulatory fines and actions.


January was apparently a month during which the US FX brokers managed to secure the trust of retail customers. The regulatory pressure and extra requirements might have added some red tape and work for the brokers' staff but, for that matter, might have contributed to the public trust in the sector too.


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