Turning of the Tide: Amid Improving Outlook for Global Equities, U.S Investors
Expect to Increase Their Trading Volume Entering 2014
Monex Global Retail Investor Survey, Vol. 11 -- Reveals Client Insight
TOKYO, PLANTATION, Fla. and HONG KONG, Dec. 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
TradeStation, a Monex Group company (Monex Group, Inc. is listed on the first
section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, code: 8698), today announced the results
of the "Monex Global Retail Investor Survey, Vol. 11," revealing that a more
upbeat outlook for global equities markets has U.S. investors poised to
increase their trading volume entering 2014.
In the online survey conducted in November 2013, U.S. investors' perception of
the global equities markets took a decidedly positive turn, with 54%
predicting that global stocks will rise in the first quarter of 2014, up from
just 30% predicting such an increase in September 2013. Only one in four
survey respondents (26%) sees global equities markets declining entering 2014.
U.S. investors' more buoyant outlook for global equities raised expectations
for their own trading volume over the next 12 months. Fifty-nine percent of
respondents expected their trading volume to increase in 2014, up from just
44% in September. That's positive news for U.S. equities markets in
particular, as some 63% of TradeStation customers expect U.S. stocks to
outperform stocks in Europe/U.K., Asia (excluding Japan) and Japan, up 5
points from September and 20 points above the 43% figure posted as recently as
December 2012. Of the 67% of investors who consider stocks to be an attractive
investment in 2014, fully 91% expect to concentrate their trading in the U.S.
Moreover, investors' growing optimism extends beyond stocks to options,
futures and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Some 76% of TradeStation customers
view options and futures as attractive investments for 2014, while 68% were
similarly positive on next year's outlook for ETFs.
"This quarter's results suggest that after several challenging years,
investors foresee growing opportunities in both domestic and international
markets as we enter 2014," said Salomon Sredni, CEO of TradeStation Group,
Inc. and COO of Monex Group, Inc. "With investors poised to increase their
trading volume, TradeStation is laser-focused on ensuring that our clients
have the tools and resources they need to take advantage of these growing
Monex has been conducting its monthly retail investor survey with its Japanese
clients since October 2009. The "Monex Global Retail Investor Survey,"
covering retail clients in Japan, Hong Kong and the U.S., was launched in June
2011 and is conducted on a quarterly basis. Please refer to the full report
for complete results.
Other key findings of the survey include:
*TradeStation customers are somewhat less bullish on prospects for the U.S.
dollar, with 41% expecting the dollar to outperform the other major
currencies in the next three months. That's down from 51% last quarter but
above the 35% figure posted a year ago in December 2012.
*U.S. investors continue to see China playing an important role on the
global economic stage, with 46% of respondents citing China as the
economic area outside their own that would experience the strongest GDP
growth over the next 12 months.
The Monex Global Retail Investor Survey measures customer sentiment based upon
answers to specific questions received from a random sampling of customers of
Monex, Inc., TradeStation Securities, Inc., IBFX, Inc., and Monex Boom
Securities (H.K.) Ltd. Details of the methodology used to conduct the survey
are available upon request. Accuracy and completeness of the data derived from
the survey is not guaranteed.
The information contained herein should not be construed as investment
research or an offer or solicitation to buy or sell securities, securities
derivatives, futures or off-exchange foreign currency products or services.
Investor sentiment derived from the survey responses is no guarantee of future
performance or success.
Active trading regardless of asset class (equities, futures, foreign exchange)
carries a high level of risk and may not be suitable for all investors.
Relevant risk disclosures are available at www.tradestation.com
About Monex Group Inc.
Monex Group Inc. (Tokyo Stock Exchange 1st section: 8698), including its main
subsidiary Monex Inc. (Tokyo, Oki Matsumoto, Chairman and CEO), an online
securities brokerage, provides advanced and unique financial services to
individual investors. Monex Group has been a pioneer among Japanese online
securities brokers since the complete liberalization of commissions and fees
in stock brokerages in 1999. Monex relentlessly strives to offer its customers
in Japan innovative products and services and has established its reputation
as a unique independent financial institution group. Its services cover M&A
advisory, debt & equity underwriting, asset management focusing on alternative
investments, investment education, and other investment banking functions
along with an online distribution network to more than 1.2 million individual
investors in Japan.
Monex Group aims to globalize its customer base and businesses in addition to
enhancing its global product line and services. Specifically, in recent years,
Monex has embarked on an ambitious plan to strengthen its products and
services globally by focusing its expansion efforts to date on the growing
Chinese market, by opening representative offices in Beijing and acquiring
Boom Securities (H.K.) Limited and its group companies in Hong Kong. As a core
element in the further expansion and global diversification of its businesses,
it has been seeking opportunities to expand into the U.S. market, which it saw
as the missing pillar in achieving a truly global platform. The acquisition of
TradeStation provides Monex with an immediate expansion and strong commercial
presence in the U.S. online brokerage market.
About TradeStation Group, Inc.
TradeStation Group, Inc. through its principal operating subsidiaries,
TradeStation Securities, Inc. and IBFX, Inc. offers the TradeStation analysis
and trading platform to the active trader and certain institutional trader
markets. The TradeStation platform offers electronic order execution and
enables clients to design, test, optimize, monitor and automate their own
custom Equities, Options, Futures and Forex trading strategies.
TradeStation Securities, Inc. (Member NYSE, FINRA, SIPC, NSCC, DTC, OCC & NFA)
is a licensed securities broker-dealer and a registered futures commission
merchant, and also a member of the Boston Options Exchange, Chicago Board
Options Exchange, Chicago Stock Exchange, International Securities Exchange
and NASDAQ OMX. Its TradeStation Prime Services division, based in New York,
seeks to provide prime brokerage services, including securities lending, to
small and mid-sized hedge funds and other firms. IBFX, Inc. (Member NFA) is a
Retail Foreign Exchange Dealer (RFED) that provides forex brokerage services
directly and through its TradeStation Forex division. IBFX Australia Pty Ltd
is registered with ASIC and provides forex brokerage services outside of the
United States.The company's technology subsidiary, TradeStation Technologies,
Inc., develops and offers strategy trading software tools and subscription
services. TradeStation Europe Limited, an FCA-authorized brokerage firm,
introduces UK and other European accounts to TradeStation Securities, Inc.,
IBFX, Inc. and IBFX Australia Pty Ltd.
About Monex Boom Securities (H.K.) Limited
Monex Boom Securities (H.K.) Limited ("BOOM") offers multi-market and
multi-currency online securities trading services to investors all around the
world. With BOOM's proprietary web-based trading platform, investors can trade
equities in all major exchanges and manage different major currencies via one
single account. Currently, it offers access to securities listed on over 17
stock markets in 12 countries. In addition, BOOM also develops trading
solutions for other financial institutions.
Being the first company to launch Internet stock trading in Asia/Pacific, BOOM
introduced a new pattern of self-directed cross-border investment by applying
new technology to traditional equities trading and financial services. BOOM
aims to provide retail investors with PRIVATE, EASE, SPEEDINESS and
INEXPENSIVE international stock trading services.
BOOM is a fully licensed Broker / Dealer regulated by the Securities and
Futures Commission (SFC) of Hong Kong, founded in 1997 and headquartered in
Hong Kong. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Monex Group, one of the largest
online financial services providers in Japan.
CONTACT: Monex, Inc.
TradeStation Securities, Inc.
+1 (954) 652-7011
Monex Boom Securities (HK) Limited
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