It was a great year for GTX, the institutional FX arm of retail forex broker Gain Capital Holdings Inc (NYSE:GCAP), although it was a fairly slow December.
GTX has reported that trading volumes during the month of December were down 23% MoM to $247 billion versus $321 in November. On an average daily volume basis, December volumes at GTX were off 15%, $12.3 billion versus $14.6 billion ADV in November.
December is usually a slow month in institutional FX trading, with many if not most traders away from their desks or just fine tuning positions during the last two weeks of the months heading into Christmas-New Years week break.
Overall, GTX had a very strong year with volumes up 25% versus last year. For the full year 2017, GTX volumes averaged $14.3 billion daily versus $11.4 billion in 2016.
|December 2017||Total Volume||ADV|
|ECN + SEF||216,156||10,808|
|% Change vs. November 2017||Total Volume||ADV|
|ECN + SEF||-19%||-11%|
|% Change vs. December 2016||Total Volume||ADV|
|ECN + SEF||7%||18%|
|FY 2017||Total Volume||ADV|
|ECN + SEF||2,979,576||11,504|
|% Change vs. FY 2016||Total Volume||ADV|
|ECN + SEF||2,180,682||8,387|
|ECN + SEF||37%||37%|
The data presented includes GTX’s swap dealer business which provides “voice” agency execution services, representing about 20% of total volumes.