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Currency Trading Fueled by Hedge Funds, Says FX Provider

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LONDON (–Daily trading volumes for foreign exchange trading have exceeded US$35 billion for the first time, according to FXall, an electronic trading platform.

The currency market, which increasingly is trading over electronic networks, has grown considerably in the last year. FXall recently opened an office in Boston to handle the growing asset management sector that has taken an interest in FX trading.

Hedge funds, commodity trading advisers and investment advisers are part of the “active” trading community that has driven much of the growth. In January, this group of clients accounted for almost a quarter of FXall’s volumes, which were up 112% from the same time period last year.

Philip Weisberg, chief executive of FXall, in a statement said, “Active traders are among the most sophisticated participants in the FX markets, demanding deep liquidity, flexible trading options and comprehensive post-trade processing functionality.”

Foreign exchange is regarded as a source of alpha rather than a hedge for other investments, and as a result execution is important, according to FXall. FXall officials said they have heavily invested in services to help participants optimize trading performance.

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