Does Your Liquidity Provider Really Cover Your Liability with Negative Balance Protection under ESMA?

Posted by Shobin Mathew Simon on Mar 14, 2019 8:50:19 AM

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has implemented a range of measures intended to protect retail clients who are trading leveraged products, such as CFD’s.
The product intervention measures mandated by ESMA, under Article 40 of the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFID II) include:

  1. Maximum leverage limits on the opening of a position by a retail client ranging from 30:1 down to 2:1.
  2. A margin closeout rule on a “per account” basis (at 50% of minimum required margin).
  3. Negative balance protection on a “per account” basis.
  4. A restriction on the incentives offered to trade CFDs. 
  5. A standardised risk warning, including the percentage of losses on a CFD provider’s retail investor book.
  6. Prohibition on the marketing, distribution or sale of binary options.
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Topics: Traders, FX Liquidity, Forex Brokerage, Start Your Own Forex Brokerage, SYOB, FX Broker Startup, Forex B2B, MiFID2, Wholesale FX, FX Liquidity Provider, Retail Trader, Retail Broker, Institutional Trader, Institutional Broker

2018: Short Cuts make Long Delays

Posted by Raphael Ribeaucourt on Feb 27, 2019 8:40:31 AM

2018 was a challenging year for retail FX brokerages with many of them being sold over the counter and others struggling to implement the new rules mandated by regulators.

What we can say is that 2018 was first and foremost a year of new regulation. Legal teams have been working hard to structure businesses differently and/or adapt to the new rules. Quiet contrary to the goals of the regulators’ goals, offshore is once more becoming the broker’s common strategy, especially to continue to offer high leverage to retail clients.

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Topics: Traders, Industry Trends, Thought Leadership, Forex Brokerage, Brokerage, Forex B2B, Regulation, MiFID, MiFID2, Retail Trader, Retail Broker, Institutional Trader, Institutional Broker

FX Brokerage Owner, What's Your Exit Strategy?

Posted by Natallia Hunik on Feb 12, 2019 11:11:01 AM
Planning an exit strategy for your FX brokerage is an important consideration, and one that certainly crosses an entrepreneur's mind as their business grows and evolves. Given that we currently seem to be in somewhat of a consolidation wave across the industry, this topic has been a popular one behind closed doors, as well as in the media.

Generally, compared to the software industry where we are looking at average multiples of 21-25 times EBIDTA, M&A transactions in the retail FX broker space are showing multiples of 5-10 times EBIDTA at most for the best deals we have seen recently.
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Topics: Traders, Company, Thought Leadership, Forex Brokerage, Forex B2B, Retail Trader, Retail Broker, Institutional Trader, Institutional Broker

What to Expect When Moving from Retail to Wholesale (Institutional) FX

Posted by Richard Perona on Apr 22, 2018 12:12:00 PM

I thought it would be useful to compile a short list of the main differences found when trading OTC (over-the-counter) FX with an STP (Straight Through Processing / No Dealing Desk) “Prime of Prime” and a Retail brokerage.

The differences can be categorized as follows:

- Vetting / Onboarding
- Netting vs Hedging
- Deposits
- Execution
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Topics: Traders, Thought Leadership, Forex Brokerage, Brokerage, Forex B2B, STP, Wholesale FX, Retail Trader, Retail Broker, Institutional Trader, Institutional Broker

5 Ways To Hack FX Advertising in China

Posted by Yuhan Mo on Nov 8, 2017 7:07:39 AM

From social media strategy to content creation, what are the steps to take to reach the 1.4 billion-people Chinese market?

Penguin Intelligence, a research agency subsidy of Tencent, recently reported that as of Q4 2016, there were 889 million active users monthly. People are spending, on average, 66 minutes each day on WeChat with 57.22% of new WeChat contacts added for work-related matters and 6.04% service providers. Over 80% of users used WeChat group for work-related purposes with WeChat group becoming an important venue for business communications.
These statistics clearly indicate that WeChat is the potentially the most powerful platform through which to reach new leads and clients for your business.

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Topics: Company, Thought Leadership, Forex Brokerage, Start Your Own Forex Brokerage, Brokerage, SYOB, Forex B2B, Forex Marketing, Know Your Client (KYC)

What is the Best MAM System for MT4 / MT5?

Posted by Anya Aratovskaya on Sep 26, 2017 8:50:43 AM

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 Master Account serves as the primary (and the only real) trading account, and sub accounts receive the results of the actions performed on the Master Account (only proportional COPIES of the original trades).

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Topics: Traders, Forex Brokerage, Start Your Own Forex Brokerage, Brokerage, SYOB, FX Broker Startup, Forex B2B, MT5, MT4, MetaTrader, Institutional Trader, Institutional Broker

Are You Fully Prepared to Start Your Own FX Brokerage?

Posted by Anya Aratovskaya on Mar 7, 2017 8:21:02 AM

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.

His experience has inspired me to write a short article that can serve as a wake-up call to anyone contemplating starting their own FX Brokerage.

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Topics: Forex Brokerage, Start Your Own Forex Brokerage, Brokerage, SYOB, FX Broker Startup, Forex B2B, Forex Marketing, FX Technology Provider, FX Liquidity Provider

Biggest Trends in Chinese FX Market in 2017

Posted by Natallia Hunik on Feb 20, 2017 9:13:22 AM

Do you think 2017 will be another big year for prime of prime? If so, you’re in very good company.

Our view is that, as the Chinese market matures, the 2017 trends in China could boil down to the following:

  1. Quality over price: sourcing liquidity from real prime of primes
  2. Looking for robust technology and connectivity solutions that scale
  3. A move to MT5
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Topics: Industry Trends, Thought Leadership, Forex Brokerage, Prime of Prime, Forex B2B, MT5, MT4, MetaTrader, Institutional Trader, Institutional Broker

How Do STP Brokerages Make Money?

Posted by Yuhan Mo on Feb 1, 2017 6:14:38 AM

There are several ways that an STP brokerage can make a profit. The broker may either charge their clients a commission ($X per $million), apply a markup to the price feed, or perhaps a combination of both.

In MT4, the commission charged to the client is typically set in deposit currency per lot ( In this article, we will be using US Dollars as deposit currency for an easy and clear explanation).
An STP brokerage can also choose to charge their clients a markup, which will be added into spread that their retail clients see. Markup is normally defined as points added per lot. Markup is usually invisible to your clients and tends to be more flexible as you have the ability to adjust the markup according to market conditions.

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Topics: Traders, FX Liquidity, Forex Brokerage, Start Your Own Forex Brokerage, Brokerage, Forex B2B, STP, MT4, Wholesale FX, FX Liquidity Provider, Retail Trader, Retail Broker, Institutional Trader, Institutional Broker

FX Glossary: The Ultimate Dictionary of Forex Terms You Should Know

Posted by Advanced Markets Team on Jan 16, 2017 10:49:00 AM

There are many Forex terms a FX Professional have to know to do a great job and to be successful. In order to help Brokers and Traders to get to know the basics of the FX industry, the Advanced Markets Team created this glossary. 
Discover the Advanced Markets FX dictionary here and feel free to contact us if you want us to add further terms!

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

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Topics: Traders, Thought Leadership, Forex Brokerage, Start Your Own Forex Brokerage, Brokerage, SYOB, FX Broker Startup, Forex B2B, Retail Trader, Retail Broker, Institutional Trader, Institutional Broker

Sell Smarter: TOP 5 tech tools for successful FX sales professionals

Posted by Natallia Hunik on Nov 29, 2016 3:10:00 PM

New technology is transforming how we do business in the 21st century, from the way we communicate, to the route we choose when we drive home from work and even the way we check our fridge for the food that we need. In the same way, the tech revolution has significantly changed things for sales professionals and the sales process. It seems that, every day, new platforms emerge that continue to transform the ways in which we communicate with prospects and that, undoubtedly, impact the way we structure our days.

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Topics: Thought Leadership, Forex B2B

Tips to increase client conversions in FX B2B

Posted by Natallia Hunik on Jun 1, 2016 3:28:00 PM

Throughout my career I have encountered many different sales personalities. Each of them had their own network, their own approach to dealing with prospects, their own strategic vision and their own way of handling the sales process. However, just ask any sales manager and most will agree that the majority of sales people could be categorized as “openers”, rather than “closers”.

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Topics: Thought Leadership, Forex B2B

Trading via FIX API

Posted by Anya Aratovskaya on Nov 23, 2015 5:21:00 PM

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.

To give you an indication as to how popular FIX is: the FIX Trader Community has around 110 000 registered members and 275 corporate members (including Goldman Sachs, Barclays, Morgan Stanley and so on).

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Topics: Platforms & Technology, Thought Leadership, Start Your Own Forex Brokerage, SYOB, FX Broker Startup, Forex B2B, FX Technology Provider, FX Liquidity Provider, FIX API, Institutional Trader, Institutional Broker

How to Safeguard Your Forex Funds Against Brokerage Bankruptcy

Posted by Richard Perona on May 5, 2015 9:52:00 AM

On January 15, 2015, the SNB (Swiss National Bank) caused a massive upheaval in the FX industry when they manipulated the exchange rate of the franc and unpegged their currency against the euro.
This action threw the markets into complete panic, ultimately producing capitulation with the CHF pairs and creating catastrophic losses throughout the industry. Market participants were affected across the entire spectrum, all the way from the top tiered global banks down to individual investors.
The large banks and market makers were able to absorb the losses (or major gains if B Book), but the smaller, more vulnerable, participants could not.
Some brokerages were forced to close their doors due to negative balances as a result of the losses sustained from their client’s positions. A multitude of firms such as Alpari UK, Boston Prime, Excel Markets and Liquid Markets became insolvent, just to name a few.

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Topics: Traders, Thought Leadership, Forex Brokerage, Start Your Own Forex Brokerage, Brokerage, SYOB, FX Broker Startup, Forex B2B, Retail Trader, Retail Broker, Institutional Trader, Institutional Broker