The e-Trading Software Developers industry, defined as companies that operate online securities trading websites and other software programs for the securities market, has grown slightly over the five years to 2017. While major players, including Charles Schwab, Fidelity and Interactive Brokers, recorded robust growth in the period, as investors increased their use of online trading platforms, the industry was pulled back by smaller companies and startups that still make up much of the industry. However, profit margins remained strong and comparable to other software industries. Over the five years to 2022, the industry is expected to experience stronger revenue growth. Industry growth is closely tied to the continued increase in the percentage of services conducted online. Similarly, demand from portfolio managers are expected to decelerate, indicating that more investors will shift to technology-based investment management firms or invest for themselves on trading platforms such as Interactive Brokers or E-Trade.
This industry includes operators that primarily develop independent, third-party software, which enables institutional and retail investors to access, execute and monitor positions in securities markets. It excludes trading platforms developed by exchanges and alternative trading systems. Trading platforms developed internally by institutional investors and financial intermediaries, such as banks and securities broker-dealers, are also excluded from this industry.
This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.