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Investing has increasingly moved from the exchange floor and cold-calling stockbrokers to complex algorithms and electronic trading platforms. As a result of these technological changes, the barriers to trading have diminished and the costs of investing have declined over the decades,[1] potentially spurring greater demand. </br></br>Yet what hasn’t changed is that the middleman still facilitates the marketplace of investing. On one side are buyers and sellers looking to make bets on everything from stocks to agricultural commodities. Retail investors can sign up with brokerages that offer intuitive, self-service trading platforms that even grandma can understand, while institutional investors can subscribe to services that promise them an extra competitive edge in their trades. On the other side are exchanges that provide a marketplace for buyers and sellers, taking a cut on each bet. They also collect fees from a variety of services offered to their institutional clients, such as real-time data and trading software. </br></br><b>Electronic trading in numbers: </b></br>-U.S. consumers are estimated to have a total of $45 trillion in investable funds. </br>-The global foreign exchange (FX)[2] marketplace sees $5 trillion+ change hands each trading day.[3] </br>-Global algorithmic trading market is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate of more than 10 percent between 2018 and 2022.[4] </br>-About 80 percent of trading activity in U.S. stocks is machine-led.[5] See More
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Weight Segment & Stocks Symbol 1 YR Return
54.1% Exchanges 17.4%
19.4% IntercontinentalExchange Group Inc ICE 19.0%
18.9% CME Group Inc. CME 22.4%
9.2% 8xxxxx 8xxx 8xxx 88.8%
6.6% 8xxx 8xxxxx 8xxxxxx 8xxx 8xxx 88.8%
37.4% Brokerages 11.0%
14.2% Charles Schwab Corp. SCHW 12.2%
10.0% 8x 8xxxxxxxxx 8xxxxxx 8xxxxxxxxxx 8xxx 88.8%
7.1% 8xxxxxxxxxx 8xxxxxx 8xxxx 8xxx 8xxx 88.8%
3.5% 8xxxxxx 8xxxxxxxx 8xxxxxxxxxx 8xxx 88.8%
1.4% 8xx 8xxxxxxx 8xxx 8xxx 88.8%
1.1% 8xxx 8xxxxxx 8xxx 8xxx 88.8%
8.5% Trading Platforms 57.9%
6.1% 8xxxxxxxxxx 8xxxxxxx 8xxx 8xxx 88.8%
2.4% 8xxxx 8xxxxxxxx 8xxx 8xxx 88.8%
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