Well, here is the latest FCM Data and provided by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, or CFTC.
So, as discussed before: fewer and fewer FCMs are clearing customer business. Jefferies has wound down the customer portion of their FCM business as they continue to wind down the FCM, taking the venerable Bache and Prudential Bache names with it.
Currently there are 55 FCMs clearing customer business, but that will drop to 54 once the Xchange Financial Access FCM winds down, as it was ordered to do by NFA in that organization’s infinite wisdom.
In December 2013 there were 69 FCMs that reported Customer Seg. A list of them is here.
This sick trend continues apace, except when it periodically accelerates.