How Do Forex Liquidity Providers Make Money?
Forex liquidity providers make money in the same way as forex brokers, but the potential for revenue is much different than a forex broker. In the most simple terms, forex liquidity providers earn revenue from trading volume sent by their clients. Sometimes the liquidity provider is a market maker but this is not always the case.
The main difference between a liquidity provider and a broker is that the liquidity provider primarily has forex brokers and other institutions for its clients which comes with a variety of challenges which impract revenue.
Is Providing Liquidity Profitable?
Yes, providing liquidity in the forex & CFD industry can be an extremely profitable venture. With that in mind, there are extremely high barriers to entry, much higher than starting a forex broker. A license is an absolute minimum requirement. Usually liquidity providers regulated offshore will face trouble attracting the clientele necessary to compete with the big players. Most liquidity providers are regulated in Europe, especially the UK.
In addition to regulatory requirements, forex liquidity providers face the following challenges: the need for experienced staff to run the business properly, a significant investment in brokerage technology and fierce competition. A liquidity provider that can overcome these challenges has the potential to earn substantial revenue, however, the overhead costs and recurring costs require an upfront contribution of money and time.
How Much Money do Forex Liquidity Providers Make?
The question depends on many variables. Similar to launching a forex brokerage, the revenue depends on the model. Liquidity providers which purely focus on volume can more easily predict revenue which is simply based on volume and spread fees. A liquidity provider engaging in market making activities has less predictable revenue outlooks.
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