Steven Petillo President of Arc Capital Management
Steven Petillo President of Arc Capital Management

Retail Market Overview: China – More than a numbers game

Steven Petillo evaluates the potential for the retail foreign exchange market in China and what’s shaping the electronic trading landscape in the country.

First Published: e-Forex Magazine 27 / Retail Forex Client / April, 2007

China plays host to the world’s largest population, over 1.3 billion and climbing. Currently these numbers have western forex dealers forecasting a windfall. It looks like they may be right. To understand the potential for the retail foreign exchange market in China we must look at current regulations for all leveraged speculative markets as well as the trading population.All recent surveys and reports show that a large percentage of the Chinese investing population are inclined to include international diversification into their trading portfolio. In fact, over three quarters of those surveyed said they would invest up to half of their portfolio in markets that could take advantage of the international marketplace. Chinese citizens will enter the foreign exchange marketplace between 2007 and 2009 at an accelerated rate than originally anticipated partially due lack of options. A few years ago it was anticipated that the expansion of futures markets in China and WTO guidelines would assimilate a fair...continued

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