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Admiral Markets amends margin requirements

Jan 19 2017 14:59:35, Jonathan Smith in Brokers

Admiral Markets, a European forex and CFD broker, said it is amending the margin requirements on the instruments it offers on some of the live trading accounts.    According to the broker, the changes will apply to all positions opened on Admiral.Markets and Admiral.Prime accounts prior to 9 January 2017 (i.e. under the old margin terms) and will take place during the server maintenance on January 21-22. Read more

eToro takes ETFs to a next level of Copy Trading

Jan 18 2017 15:20:51, Jonathan Smith in Brokers

Innovative forex broker and social trading network eToro launched a new investment service called CopyFunds, which takes exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to a whole new level.   ETFs allow traders to invest in a whole sector or market trend, not just in one company or commodity. In order to make them even more accessible and appealing to investors, eToro has improved its ETFs offering under the CopyFunds concept, which is diversified. Investors are able to select from two types of investments –  Top Traders CopyFunds, and Market CopyFunds. Read more

XM is only forex broker in World Finance 100 2016 list

Jan 18 2017 12:47:05, Jonathan Smith in Brokers

XM, a European forex broker regulated by UK's FCA and the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC), said it has been included in the World Finance 100 list for 2016.    The roster includes those who have reached the pinnacle of achievement across a wide variety of fields of expertise, as well as those organisations and individuals that lead the way in driving their industries forward. It is comprised by the magazine World Finance each year since 2009.   According to the authors of the list, since it was established in 2009, XM has grown into a “renowned forex trading platform, with over 700,000 clients around the globe”. Read more

Interactive Brokers’ income before taxes increases by 66.2% in 2016

Jan 18 2017 08:39:23, Jonathan Smith in Brokers

Multi-asset automated brokerage Interactive Brokers (NASDAQ GS: IBKR) announced key financial and trading metrics for 2016 on Tuesday.  Leading US broker and a market maker reported its income before taxes for 2016 came in at $761 million, which is a growth of 66.2% compared to 2015.   The income before income taxes in its Electronic Brokerage segment increased 41%, to $756 million in 2016, compared to 2015, due to higher net interest income and the non-recurrence of unsecured customer losses caused by the sudden moves – as was the with the Swiss franc spice in January 2015. Read more

Swissquote’s social network Pulse now available on iOS devices

Jan 17 2017 15:06:27, Jonathan Smith in Brokers

A bank, a major FX and CFD brokerage, as well as a fintech pioneer, Swissquote announced that its recently launched social network, called Pulse, is now available on iOS devices.   As social and mobile trading gain a momentum lately, most forex brokers launch mobile trading applications for Android and iOS devices and regularly update them.   We would like to remind you that Swissquote became the first Swiss bank to launch an application for Apple Watch in June 2015. The brokerage said back then that an increasing number of transactions are axacuted “on the go”. Read more

Morgan Stanley raises its stake in Plus500

Jan 16 2017 15:31:23, Jonathan Smith in Brokers

Morgan Stanley, the US multinational financial company who is among the major stakeholders in the London Stock Exchange (LSE)-traded forex broker Plus500 (LON:PLUS) has raised its stake in the company to pass the 6% threshold.   According to the filing with the LSE, the consultancy has made two purchases in the past several days and as of Monday, January 16, has a total of 7,242,345 shares, or 6.30% of Plus500's stocks. This, according to Monday's stock prices is a little over GBP 29.3 million out of the broker's GBP 465.3 million market capitalization.   This is the second significant change of Morgan Stanley's stake in Plus500 since the beginning of 2017. Read more

IG urges its clients to take a stand with regards to FCA’s proposals

Jan 13 2017 08:36:04, Jonathan Smith in Brokers

Major brokerage IG Group (LON:IGG) encourages its clients to share their opinions about the recent proposal from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to raise margin requirements for CFDs and spread betting, among other things. While the broker says it generally supports the regulator’s idea to raise conduct standards across the industry, there may be better tools to achieve this goal.   According to IG’s e-mail sent to all its clients, it is important that everyone involved in this business shares its opinion with the FCA, and especially traders. Read more

FXCM sees December, Q4 2016, annual trading volumes fall

Jan 12 2017 14:31:39, Jonathan Smith in Brokers

FXCM, the leading US forex brokerage saw a double-digit decline in its December retail and institutional trading volumes both on a monthly and annual basis, show the officially released company metrics.    Additionally, the data shows that the retail trading volume in Q4 2016 and the full annual volume also declined, when compared to the last quarter of 2015 and the year overall.   The FXCM December metrics show that the retail customer of the broker generated a trading volume of $235 billion – 33% lower than November 2016 and 27% lower than December 2015. Read more

IG Group renames binary options to “Digital 100s”

Jan 12 2017 10:44:34, Jonathan Smith in Brokers

 IG Group, one of Europe's largest forex, CFD and spread betting (UK only) brokers has rebranded its binary options products and now calls them “Digital 100s”.   In essence, the Digital 100s are the same product and let clients place binary bets on volatility by answering a yes/no question.     They include the One touch, Ladder, Tunnel, Target, Hi-Lo and Up/Down types and have time frames from five minutes to a month. Clients can guess on movements of a whole set of assets: forex, commodities, indices and some economic news like US jobless claims and US non-farm payroll. Read more

IG’s Nadex ends 2016 with record-high trading volumes

Jan 12 2017 08:41:45, Jonathan Smith in Market

The North America Derivatives Exchange (Nadex), one of only two US-regulated binary options exchanges, announced this week that its trading volumes in December have set a new all-time record.   The exchange, which is owned by UK giant IG Group, reported over 70% year-to-year growth in trade volume and total trades of binary options during the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to Q4 2015. Nadex also reported an overall increase of 50% in annual trades and volume from 2015 to 2016.   Guaranteed limited risk built into Nadex binary options allows traders to take positions with their maximum possible loss and profit defined in advance. Read more

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