Eighty per cent of Russians and CIS Citizens Surveyed said they Would Consider Forex Trading in the Next 12 Months

  • Survey disproves the idea that Russian and CIS citizens are not interested in trading FX
  • Results identify top ten reasons and motivations Russian and CIS citizens give in order to trade FX

MOSCOW, Dec. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - The three top reasons consumers gave in order to trade FX:

  1. They want a guarantee of their legal interests being protected by law or regulation
  2. They want clearer information on potential returns and the opportunity for better returns
  3. They want clarity on their trading activity, especially trading execution.

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Independent research[1] commissioned by FOREX CLUB, a leading online broker[2], has shown that most Russia Federation and CIS citizens surveyed would try - or return to - forex (FX) trading.  Out of the ten top reasons they gave for doing so, the first was a guarantee that their consumer interests would be protected by law or regulation, the second highest ranked reason given was and more transparent trading execution were rated the second and third most important issues to them in trading FX.

The research, based on interviews with 2,000 consumers in Russia and three CIS countries, also found that a third of all people would choose currency trading to boost their household income.  This means that nearly four out of five (78%) of those interviewed said they would consider trying foreign currency trading in the next 12 months, as long as they were well-trained and there was no risk of losing money while they were learning to trade.

Contrary to apparently popular - but certainly unsubstantiated - views in the Russian Federation and the CIS countries, FOREX CLUB's independently commissioned research shows there is a clear appetite by many Russian and CIS citizens for FX trading.  The research also shows that consumers want more action taken in the FX industry to improve the level of transparency, information, education about trading and proficiency of regulatory measures in Russia and CIS.

  1. Research commissioned by FOREX CLUB and conducted by Vision Critical Research from 10-17 May 2012.  Sample size 2,000 respondents: 400 from Belarus, 300 from Kazakhstan and 650 from both Ukraine and across the Russian Federation. Respondents were adults all earning a minimum of 30 000 RUR per month, per one member of the family.

  2. FOREX CLUB was ranked number 10 out of the 44individually named global brokers by retail forex volume in Forex Magnates' Q3 2012 Industry Report.

Vladimir Kozlov, CEO of FOREX CLUB Group of Companies, commented: "This research challenges and frankly disproves any claim that citizens in the Russian Federation and CIS countries don't want to trade FX.  Clearly consumers want more to be done - and seen to be done - on regulation and on their wish to see clearer information on trading returns, greater transparency in trading execution and an improvement on returns.  At FOREX CLUB we're have long been fully committed to delivering on these.  We also think it's vital that the FX industry as a whole focuses on measures to help address these issues - all brokers should be doing everything we possibly can to support local markets and governments to resolve them."

Survey Results

        Average Score
Rank Motivation to start or return to FX trading               (out of 5)
  Guarantee that my interests are protected by law or    
1    regulation                                                3.52
2    If returns were better                                    3.07
3    More transparent trading execution                        3.04
4    Recommendation by someone I trust                         2.97
5    More information about potential returns                  2.88
6    A website/platform with reliable trading software         2.85
7    More client support tools                                 2.79
8    More educational tools                                    2.71
9    Easier to understand websites/platforms                   2.63
10   Lower costs for FX broker services                        2.18

Source: Vision Critical Research for FOREX CLUB, May 2012

Ways in Which FOREX CLUB delivers on Consumers' Expectations

Expectation No. 1: More Legal Protection: FOREX CLUB is also a long-term advocate of improved regulation and adheres to strict legal requirements for its trading businesses, including LLC FOREX CLUB, is licenced by the Russian Federation's Federal Service for Financial Markets, as a stock broker, futures and options transactions in stock trading (licence number 1564), and it provides clients with legal protection accordance with Russian law.Our Russian broker, LLC FOREX CLUB, is also a founding member of CRFIN, the Russian self-regulatory organisation, whose mission is to establish effective mechanisms to regulate the forex market to promote transparency, civility, usability and security interests of all market participants.

Expectation No. 2: Clearer Information on Potential Returns and Prospect of Better Returns: FOREX CLUB provides all of its clients with institutional-level capabilities to help clients maximise their trading.  Strategic partnerships with First Derivatives and oneZero Financial Systems, both world-class financial technology providers that provide services to top tier banks and other financial institutions, mean that clients can access industry-best execution, best pricing and best speeds on all of their trades.

Expectation No. 3: More Transparent Trading Execution:

FOREX CLUB, through their partnership with First Derivatives and oneZero Financial, has deployed a market access model for MT4 that has become a standard among brokers offering interbank liquidity through the MT4 platform. Client trades are matched against the best available real-time market price for each execution across a vast range of institutional liquidity relationships.  This model not only provides the best execution to clients but also is a highly transparent means of verifying tradable rates and improving execution for clients. Brokers employing this model across the industry have seen a 99%+ trade execution rate for client trades, in addition to improved LIMIT trade execution and minimized slippage on market orders. In addition, the proven scalability of oneZero and First Derivatives creates the potential for 10,000+ trades/s handling from the MT4, which pushes the limits of the platform itself even for an enterprise level integration.

Other Ways in Which FOREX CLUB Supports Client Expectations

Improved Regulation and Trading Standards: The Russian broker, LLC FOREX CLUB, is a founding member of CRFIN, the Russian self-regulatory organisation to promote greater and more effective regulation of the FX industry.  LLC FOREX CLUB was established to provide Russian traders - both individuals and legal entities - with an opportunity to trade in the forex market in full compliance with the Russian law. The operations of LLC FOREX CLUB are organised in accordance with the established norms of corporate governance and reporting, and are based on the principles of information transparency, integrity, and reliability for respective individuals and legal entities.

More Educational-based and User-Friendly Websites/Platforms: As a market leader in Russia and CIS, FOREX CLUB also has STARTFX2, its own proprietary and very easy-to-use STARTFX 2 trading platform for every consumer, including those completely inexperienced in the skills and knowledge of trading.  STARTFX 2 has been especially developed for anyone completely new to trading, who would like education built-in to their trading activities, as well as access to risk-free, cost-free practice accounts.  Both the real and practice accounts provide clients with step-by-step guidance on every single trade and what each single stage of every trade means.

Comprehensive Educational Services in Trading, Tools and Strategies: FOREX CLUB is arguably the global FX market leader in providing educational services for forex, CFDs and other trading, including tools and strategies, through its partner, the International Academy of Investments and Trading.  It is certainly the strongest leader and most well-established leader of such services in the Russian language and across the Russian Federation and CIS, as the Academy has provided education in trading since 1997.In 2011, over 45,000 traders chose to learn forex trading with us. FOREX CLUB was one of the industry's first to offer zero spread trading and commission refunds on all unprofitable trades.

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please contact Robert White, Global Head of PR, FOREX CLUB, +44-203-286-4694, white-r@fxclub.org

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