PLANTATION, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–TradeStation Group, Inc. (“TradeStation”), the parent company of award-winning self-clearing online brokerages for trading stocks, ETFs, equity and index options, futures, futures options and cryptocurrencies, today reported certain monthly business metrics for May 2022:
- 186,149 Total Customer Accounts at May 31, 2022, 21.0% higher than prior year
- 6,590 Gross New Accounts opened, 10.7% lower than prior year
- $10.8 billion Total Customer Assets, 0.5% higher than prior year
- $2.9 billion of Total Customer Cash, 0.3% higher than prior year
- 241,336 Daily Average Revenue Trades (DARTs), 13.2% higher than prior year
Comparisons to the prior year mean a comparison of the month or month-end, as applicable, of May 2022 to the month or month-end, as applicable, of May 2021.
Total Customer Accounts is the number of customer brokerage accounts with a positive account balance at the end of the period presented. Total Customer Accounts does not include approximately 57,000 customer cryptocurrency accounts that were opened through a promotion that began December 20, 2021 and ended on April 30, 2022 in which TradeStation made the initial account funding for the customer ($10.00 value in bitcoin) but which had no other customer account activity as of May 31, 2022. TradeStation previously included these TradeStation-only funded, but otherwise inactive, accounts in Total Customer Accounts in published reports of its metrics for prior periods. Following an evaluation of the overall results of the promotion, TradeStation determined it is more appropriate to exclude them from such reports. If, and when, additional customer activity occurs in any such account, those accounts will be included in Total Customer Accounts.
Gross New Accounts is the total number of approved customer brokerage accounts funded during the period presented, and includes accounts funded during the period presented that were opened and approved (but not funded) in a prior period, as well as accounts that were opened and funded in a prior period, but then went to a zero balance and were subtracted from Total Customer Accounts, but then were again funded during the period presented.
Total Customer Assets is total cash and assets held in customer brokerage accounts at the end of the period presented.
Total Customer Cash is the aggregate cash held in customer brokerage accounts (equities and futures accounts – no cash is held in customer cryptocurrency accounts) at the end of the period presented.
Daily Average Revenue Trades (DARTs) means daily average revenue trades made by customers. A revenue trade means one completed customer equities, options, futures, or crypto trade, regardless of the number of shares, contracts, or units included in such trade, and includes trades completed under TradeStation’s “zero commission” plans (which are supported by payment-for-order-flow, or “PFOF,” revenue). Each “side” of a futures trade is counted as one revenue trade. Partial fills of an equities order on the same day are aggregated and counted as one revenue trade. DARTs are calculated by dividing the total number of revenue trades in the period presented by the total number of “Trading Days” in the period presented. A “Trading Day” means each day during the period presented that trading is open on NYSE and Nasdaq markets. A day on which such markets close early, such as the Friday after Thanksgiving, is counted as half a day. DARTs is a general indicator, as each of the asset classes TradeStation offers has a different fee structure and level of profitability.
More information, including historical results for each of the above metrics, are attached. The historical results for Total Customer Accounts and Gross New Accounts in the attached have been restated (as compared to prior metrics reports) for the months of December 2021 and January, February, March and April 2022 to exclude customer cryptocurrency accounts that were opened through the promotion described above under Total Customer Accounts that began December 20, 2021 (and ended April 30, 2022) in which TradeStation made the initial account funding for the customer ($10.00 value in bitcoin) but which had no other customer account activity as of the end of the monthly period presented. As stated above, the relevant metrics for May 2022 also exclude these customer cryptocurrency accounts.
About TradeStation Group, Inc.
TradeStation has, for decades, provided innovative fintech decision-support analysis and order-placement tools that support self-directed traders and investors in their journeys to claim their financial edge. TradeStation provides award-winning trading and analysis platforms and self-clearing online brokerage services for stocks, ETFs, equity and index options, commodity and financial futures, futures options, and cryptocurrencies. These trading platforms are accessible on desktop, Web and mobile, as well as via API technologies which seamlessly provide access to TradeStation’s brokerage environment through third-party platforms. TradeStation’s offerings also include deep and growing learning content designed to build confidence among those new to investing and hone the skills of seasoned traders.
TradeStation Securities, Inc. (Member NYSE, FINRA, SIPC, NSCC, DTC, OCC, NFA & CME) offers self-clearing equities, options, futures and futures options brokerage services as a licensed securities broker-dealer and futures commission merchant (FCM) and is a member of major equities and futures exchanges in the United States.
TradeStation Crypto, Inc. offers self-clearing cryptocurrency brokerage services under federal and state money services business, money-transmitter and similar registrations and licenses. TradeStation Crypto, Inc. is not subject to NFA’s regulatory oversight and examinations.
TRADESTATION SECURITIES, INC. IS A MEMBER OF NFA AND IS SUBJECT TO NFA’S REGULATORY OVERSIGHT AND EXAMINATIONS. HOWEVER, YOU SHOULD BE AWARE THAT THE NFA DOES NOT HAVE REGULATORY OVERSIGHT AUTHORITY OVER UNDERLYING OR SPOT VIRTUAL CURRENCY PRODUCTS OR TRANSACTIONS OR VIRTUAL CURRENCY EXCHANGES, CUSTODIANS OR MARKETS.
Proposed Business Combination
As previously announced, TradeStation and Quantum FinTech Acquisition Corporation (“Quantum”) have entered into agreements to effect a business combination (the “Business Combination”). This document does not constitute (i) a solicitation of a proxy, consent or authorization with respect to any securities or in respect of the Business Combination or (ii) an offer to sell, a solicitation of an offer to buy, or a recommendation to purchase, any securities of TradeStation, Quantum, the combined company or any of their respective affiliates. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or an exemption therefrom, nor shall any sale of securities in any states or jurisdictions in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction be effected. No securities commission or securities regulatory authority in the United States or any other jurisdiction has in any way passed upon the merits of the Business Combination or the accuracy or adequacy of this document.
In connection with the proposed Business Combination between TradeStation and Quantum, TradeStation has filed a registration statement on Form S-4 (the “Registration Statement”) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) that includes a proxy statement / prospectus relating to the offer of the securities to be issued by TradeStation. Investors, security holders and other interested persons are advised to read the Registration Statement and proxy statement / prospectus and any amendments thereto, and other relevant documents that are filed with the SEC carefully and in their entirety because they will contain important information about TradeStation, Quantum and the proposed Business Combination. The definitive proxy statement / prospectus will be mailed to stockholders of Quantum as of a record date to be established for voting on the proposed Business Combination. Investors, security holders and other interested persons are able to obtain copies of the Registration Statement and other documents containing important information about the Business Combination and the parties to the Business Combination as such documents are filed with the SEC, without charge, at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, or by directing a request to: Quantum FinTech Acquisition Corp., 4221 W. Boy Scout Blvd., Suite 300, Tampa, FL 33607, Attention: Investor Relations or by email at IR@qftacorp.com.
Quantum and TradeStation, their respective directors and executive officers and certain investors may be considered participants in the solicitation of proxies with respect to the proposed Business Combination under the rules of the SEC. Information about the directors and executive officers of Quantum and their ownership is set forth in Quantum’s filings with the SEC, including its final prospectus relating to its initial public offering in February 2021 and the Registration Statement filed by TradeStation, which are available free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Additional information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be deemed participants in the solicitation of the Quantum shareholders in connection with the proposed Business Combination, including TradeStation’s directors and executive officers and certain investors, are contained in the Registration Statement for the…