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• Te carry trader: She looks to stay on trades for weeks and months, aims for a rich daily swap rate. Account average in the thousands of US dollars.


Geographic Location of FX Online Visitors to Broker Website (In thousands of unique visitors; n=28.2 million) Source: Aite Group


1990s, and securities brokers need every possible help to re-engage traders and drive up trading volume.


Te average retail FX account size varies somewhat in size by region, but is approximately $2,500. Tis average account size, however, masks quite a diversity of trader characteristics and needs:


• Te system developer: He brings his knowledge of computer programming and technical analysis to trading and develops automated, rapid-fire trading strategies and custom indicators for personal and/or commercial use. Account average in the hundreds of US dollars.


• Te nibbler: He places small, frequent, and highly leveraged bets in FX markets – often without proper education and is more interested in a quick, outsized profit. Account average in the hundreds of US dollars.


• Te copy trader: She evaluates talented traders and uses trade replication services to copy their performance. Account average in the thousands of US dollars.


• Te power trader: He takes trading seriously, spends on education/ equipment, and expects a lot from brokers. Account average in the tens of thousands of US dollars.


*Dark areas denote higher numbers of retail FX online visitors


Source: Aite Group INSTITUTIONAL FX SERVICES - THE BROKERS HANDBOOK 2012/2013 | 9


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