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All of the Forex volume/transactions are always reported in total dollar amount. I am interested in the number of individual trades. Where can I find this?

Granularity doesn't matter, transactions/year would be small enough. I would prefer to separate out by currency.

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closed as off-topic by Cristian Dima, Andrew Cheong, Joshua Ulrich, madilyn, Indolering Jul 23 '13 at 1:09

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This question appears to be off-topic because it suggests that the user is not a working quant. – madilyn Jul 19 '13 at 5:13
I am definitely not, I am working on modeling for a related domain but this is a side-project at best. I did not know there was such a rule, my apologies. Delete away! – Indolering Jul 23 '13 at 1:08

There is no such thing as total trading volume and especially no aggregate transactions.

The reason for that is that Foreign Exchange is a purely OTC (over the counter) market so even you see volume by one broker/ECN that is only volume that crosses the ECN or transactions at the particular broker. Nobody knows exactly how much volume is transacted during any given time period or on a given day/week/month/year.

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I am only looking for a rough order-of-magnitude estimate, hundreds of thousands, millions, billions?. Even multiplying a single large brokers number of trade would work. – Indolering Jul 19 '13 at 2:41
Not sure how you derive value from such estimate. But I am unable to give you such figures because I never thought about it as I never expected such numbers add value – Matt Wolf Jul 19 '13 at 4:17

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