As with most businesses, the operation of a Retail FX Brokerage involves a lot of moving parts that must be synced together to create an efficient and viable business. These would include Legal (KYC, trading agreements, dispute management, regulatory reporting), Trading Platform Administration and Management, Liquidity and Risk Management Provisions, IB management, Client Support, and, of course, Sales and Marketing.
MAM is an acronym for Multi Account Manager, a plugin originally designed for the Meta Trader 4 Platform to allow the proportional (or any set) profit and loss distribution from Fund Manager (or Master) to Investors (or Sub Accounts).
The MetaTrader 4 Bridge is one of the most popular add-ons for MT4 Servers. It was created in early 2000 and, ever since then, there have been many rumors as to who actually developed the first commercial version (of course, many industry veterans know the name).
While some industry sources are arguing whether or not MiFID II will dramatically affect the FX industry, most FSA and CySEC licensed FX brokers are rapidly adjusting policies in order to comply with the new requirements.
Yesterday, I got an email from one of my old contacts thanking me for persuading him not to go into the retail FX brokerage business last year. The email was sent from the corporate domain of his new business venture, one that is apparently doing well with only a 30% involvement with the FX industry.
Traditionally, December is the month when the majority of FX professionals take some well-deserved time off. Fund Managers are avoiding any major market participation that could negatively impact annual return statistics; bank employees are trying to use up their remaining vacation time, and the overall the spirit of holidays (Christmas, Hanukkah, Omisoka, Kwanzaa, and many others) makes December the perfect time to relax ahead of the January hype.
Topics: FX Liquidity
Technology is certainly at the heart of the FX Business, and, nowadays, has a role to play in dictating the rules of the game. The term “toxic FX flow” often has a direct relationship to the technology behind the liquidity.
What is toxic flow in FX anyway?
FIX (Financial Information Exchange) API (application programming interface) is a highly scalable electronic communication protocol to facilitate the real-time exchange of information related to financial markets. It has become the de facto standard method of pre-trade, trade and post-trade communication. Market participants including banks, hedge funds, prime brokers and “prime of primes” utilize FIX for their own trading needs or to connect directly to clients.
Topics: Thought Leadership
The world of online Retail FX has become increasingly competitive and congested but, regardless, the industry remains extremely attractive to investors, insiders and entrepreneurs alike. One key factor adding to the attraction is the ease by which a person can actually start their own brokerage. In past years, starting a brokerage normally required expert technology and market knowledge combined with a significant amount of free capital but today, advances in technology and an increase in the options available for regulatory licenses have greatly reduced the cost and the “time-to-market”.
As a VP of sales, I have noticed that during many of my conversations lately I am helping brokers and fund managers identify the most appropriate trading venue to serve the needs of their respective businesses. This has become a very hot topic after the January 2015 Swiss event as the major Tier 1 Prime Brokerages have raised capital requirements, introduced tighter onboarding processes and, in many cases, revised their pricing models in order to mitigate the risks associated with FX prime brokerage. In order to help ease the process of selecting the right partner I will briefly describe the 3 most popular options available for retail FX brokers, asset managers and corporates and point out each of their pros and cons.
Topics: Prime of Prime