The first batch of trading venues to
provide turnover data indicates that trading volumes in July, perhaps
inevitably, retreated from the Brexit-inspired heights of June.
HotspotFX reports average daily volume
(ADV) of $26.25 billion in July, down 9% from June’s $28.8 billion. ...
ICAP’s EBS average daily volumes
(ADV) were up 1% year on year in July, standing at $83 billion. Nevertheless,
volumes saw a sharp drop on a month on month basis in July, being down by 15%
compared to June, ICAP reports.
Most FX major trading venues will be glad to see the back of August – following the downbeat results from FastMatch and Hotspot, four other venues have reported a decline in volumes – two registering historic lows and a third the lowest in seven years. The numbers add up to a horrible month for the platforms and, by association, for the wider foreign exchange industry as activity levels continue to dive following June’s Brexit-inspired spike, most will be hoping for a forex rebound in September.
Early indications from FX trading platforms suggests all saw a good boost to activity during the US election results sequence.
Bats’ Hotspot handled average daily volume (ADV) of $64.5 billion on November 9, the firm says, roughly two and a half times more than the average it had been handling in the first week of the month and significantly higher than last month’s $25.3 billion ADV.
FXSpotStream also had a good day, with the firm saying it handled $48 billion on a single count basis, almost three times its volumes which last month were $17.1 billion.
FastMatchFX also saw a similar increase in activity, handling $38 billion yesterday, up from the $14 billion it was averaging in November and the $13.6 billion averaged in October.