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Can Retail and Institutional Trading Co-exist on the Same Platform?
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Traditionally, FX broking and trading companies have kept their retail and institutional clients separate. Sometimes, this has extended to the establishment of individual trading and sales desks for the different types of client. And, more often than not, the deal flow of each type of customer was managed by different IT systems. But is this […]

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Why you should offer more than just MT4
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There are more than 700 Forex trading platforms on the market, but in the retail Forex business, everyone agree that the field is dominated by one product alone— MetaQuotes’ MT4. In fact, its popularity is so strong, that its own developer still hasn’t been able to convince people to adopt its successor, MT5. As you […]

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In-House or Outsourcing: The Big Marketing Question
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In Forex brokerage, as in any other business endeavor, optimal performance depends on making all the elements tick as one. According to best-selling business author Josh Kaufman, every business has five vital parts: value creation, marketing, sales, value delivery, and finance. While all are equally important to the success of a business, marketing is one […]

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Full Ownership or White Label – Which is Best?
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Having made the decision to become an FX broking operation, one of the major steps is to decide the type of trading platform to deploy. If cost is no object, then you can simply buy a state-of-the-art server along with a comprehensive trading platform and you’re set. However, this may not be the optimal way […]

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TRADING PLACES: FINDING THE BEST JURISDICTION FOR YOUR BROKERAGE
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Establishing a new forex business brings with it a long series of critical decisions and risky choices. Each decision you make affects both the initial amount of capital needed to begin operations, as well as the type of clients that you will attract. One of the major things every broker has to consider is where […]

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From A (book) to B (book): What Kind of Brokerage Should You Open?
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Online brokerages have undergone many changes since the first ones opened in the mid-90s. Through the ups and downs of the industry, several aspects have stayed constant. One of the elements that remains unchanged is the choice of model to use for your brokerage. With the improvement in technology, more options exist that were not […]

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GOING PAST THE GREAT WALL: THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN ENTERING THE ASIAN MARKET
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Doing business in the EU has become a true red ocean for Forex brokerages. Competition is fierce, banks and PSPs are choking the industry, regulation is getting much stricter and disposable incomes of potential investors are stagnating.With this increasingly difficult market in the West, many brokerages are looking East as a way to expand their […]

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A LIQUIDITY PROVIDER?
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Market makers – you can’t live without ‘em. Those are the players in the forex, stocks, derivatives, bonds and commodities markets who make trading possible. Without market makers, there would be no significant market activity. Due to the fact that they are responsible for making the markets “flow”, they are also known as “liquidity providers” […]

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PARTNERSHIPS THAT WORK – HOW AND WHY?
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“No man is an island”, goes the saying, and this is especially true for business people in our hyperlinked and hyper-connected age. Businessmen today cannot rely solely on their own devices to get their enterprise ahead.An entrepreneur these days is much more like an octopus, and one that needs to have far more tentacles than […]

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SUCCESS IN TODAY’S FOREX WORLD
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A few years ago, an ordinary headline in Bloomberg or The Economist would read something along the lines of: “The Forex Market is Shrinking” or “The Glory Days of Forex Are Gone”. Decades of uncontrolled globalization, excessive mobilization, and a boom in the financial services sector, led to foreign exchange becoming the largest market in […]

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COMPETING NARRATIVES: IS THE GROWTH OF GIANT COMPANIES GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY?
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Competition in the American economy is changing, but the shift isn’t about the number of new businesses coming into the market, rather about the perceived monopoly from big corporations. A recent conference of bankers, policymakers, and academics highlights a key concern over market concentration in which larger companies appear to be cutting competition as well […]

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PASSIVE INVESTING VS. ACTIVE INVESTING: WHERE ARE THE INVESTORS LEANING?
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There are generally two types of investors when it comes to the world of business. On one side, you have passive investors who aim to build their wealth gradually. These investors buy securities for the long haul and do not seek to profit from market timing and short-term price fluctuations. On the other, you have […]

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SHOULD BIG COMPANIES WORRY ABOUT GLOBAL AFFAIRS?
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When the preponderance of news stories today appears to be of the bad rather than the good variety, just how smart is it for big companies to keep one eye on the stock market and the other on Twitter? For just about as long as anyone can remember, “news” could easily be defined as “bad news”. Whether […]

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IS THE PRIVATE EQUITY MARKET ON ITS WAY DOWN?
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When we talk of private equity (PE), we are referring to investment funds that are structured as limited partnerships. They are not publicly traded, and so are out of reach for traditional investors. Typical private equity players consist of large institutional investors and high net-worth individuals. But is this traditional form of investment running out […]

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IS THERE AN INCENTIVE TO BE AN UNLICENSED BROKER?
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Forex trading is one of the most lucrative businesses a person can engage in if they have the technical know-how, and there are thousands of brokerages taking a piece of the pie. Despite the massive amounts of money that pass through the Forex market, and despite regulatory bodies monitoring the entire industry, unlicensed brokerage firms […]

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HOW TO PROTECT YOUR COMPANY’S DATA IN TODAY’S WORLD?
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Until the news broke that Edward Snowden, a contractor, had stolen and leaked NSA classified files, it was unlikely that the business world considered the threat that employees represented to their data. Businesses have long focused on protecting themselves from outsiders, competitors, hackers and the like. Businesses understand that there are myriad ways that their […]

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IN PREPARATION FOR GDPR – HOW MUCH OF OUR DATA IS HELD BY GLOBAL COMPANIES?
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Increasingly referred to as “digital gold”, the reality of our cyber age is that data harvesting is an extremely profitable industry. “Thousands of companies are in the business of harvesting your data and tracking your online behavior,” says Frederike Kaltheuner of Privacy International, a data lobby group. “It’s a global business, and not just online, […]

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IN AN AGE OF REGULATION—WHAT KIND OF BROKER ARE TRADERS LOOKING FOR?
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Love them or hate them, brokers are a necessary evil without which traders cannot survive. By their very nature, by being in touch with all the other traders in the market, they have useful information from which you could benefit. But what are the features that make a great broker? It’s 7 o’clock on a […]

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ARE THE NEXT GENERATION OF TRADERS GOING TO BE MORE CONSERVATIVE?
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You may have heard all about the spending habits of millennials, but do you know if their younger siblings are likely to show the same financial characteristics? Move over millennials, and make way for Gen Z. The youngest identified generational cohort, Gen Z’ers are arguably born between the years of 1998 and 2001, which approximately […]

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REDEFINING YOUR AFFILIATES UNDER MiFID 2
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MiFID, or the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, has presented European financial institutions with a vast array of challenges. One of these is the relationship with and definition of Introducing Brokers, or IBs. The real question is whether all member company affiliates must be classified as IBs. Financial trading companies have been working with IBs for […]

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