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Analysis: slowdown in trading activity in September

Analysis: slowdown in trading activity in September

Article originally appeared on financemagnates

Since the summer break is long gone, the activity of retail forex/CFD traders should be on the rise by now. At least that is how it always used to be, but not this time. Our intelligence department  examined the latest data from CPattern regarding industry behavior in September of 2018.

The first noticeable change that occurred over the summer vacation was a slump in trading activity. The average activity for the ten best-performing countries in our study decreased to 48,6 from 87.4 registered in June. This means that a typical retail trader conducted only 48,6 transactions on average in September.

When diving further into the numbers, we see that countries that traditionally have the most active traders such as China or Malaysia have fallen off the activity ranking. Only Turkey remained in the top spot. However, we can see some emerging markets in the top ten that are usually not showing up on our rankings. The fact that most of these are African countries combined with the absence of leading EU markets in this ranking leads us to believe that ESMA’s new regulations introduced in July 2018 are to blame here.

ESMA to be blamed again?

Although most developed forex/CFD countries were not especially busy following the summer holiday, they still had high average deposits. Our study shows that the average deposit being sent to trading accounts in the UK was as high as $3778.60, a result that puts the UK in first place. Second in the ranking is the Netherlands with an average deposit size of $3701.50. The first eight spots in this ranking are filled by EU-based countries, while ninth place went to Switzerland. The United Arab Emirates took tenth place as the only country outside of continental Europe.

This may also be a result of ESMA rules. Since the maximum allowed leverage was significantly decreased, many traders had to deposit extra capital to their accounts. Only this way they could avoid the risk of margin calls which could happen under the new restrictions. It will be fun to see what the data will show in this regard in the coming months.

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