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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

It's official: Banc De Binary renounces Cyprus license

Jan 11 2017 12:43:49, Jonathan Smith in Brokers

 Banc De Binary, the largest and oldest regulated binary options broker has renounced its Cyprus license, several days after the first reports that it is planning to shutter its business and has stopped taking clients from the EU.   According to the announcement of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC), the license for the site operating on eu.bancdebinary.com lapses as of January 15, 2017. Banc De Binary, however, remains under the CySEC supervision until it settles its obligations arising from the investment services or/and activities that will lapse. Read more

Forex.com’s trading volumes drop by double digits in December

Jan 10 2017 15:17:56, Jonathan Smith in Brokers

According to the monthly metrics, provided on Gain Capital’s website, the over-the-counter (OTC) trading volume of its retail brand Forex.com dropped to $189.1 billion. The figure represents a decrease of 26.4% from previous month, and a drop by 33.4% from the same period a year earlier.   The number of active OTC accounts also fell by 1.6% from November 2016 and by 12.2% from December 2015, to 129 036.   Meanwhile, Gain Capital’s institutional segment (GTX) did not fare much better in the last month f 2016. The broker’s ECN trading volume amounted to $202.1 billion in December, which is a decrease of 11.2% compared to November 2016. Read more

Grand Capital releases mobile app for iPhone

Jan 10 2017 08:17:00, Jonathan Smith in Brokers

Forex and binary options broker Grand Capital always strives to improve existing products and services. As the number of traders who prefer to trade on the go through their mobile phones increases every year, previous week the broker released a mobile app for iPhone, called Grand Capital Invest.   „With Forex trading quickly shifting to mobile devices, brokers are pushed to follow the trend to stay on the market. Grand Capital app for Android devices is already very popular among many of our clients,” Stanislav Vaneev, Grand Capital’s CEO commented on the release. Read more

Banc De Binary shuts down, new EU clients are no longer accepted

Jan 09 2017 15:35:49, Jonathan Smith in Brokers

Update: on January 11, the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission officially announced that Banc de Binary renounced its authorization to operate as a Cyprus Investment Firm.   One of the leaders in the binary options trading market, Banc de Binary, closes operations. The Forexbrokerz team found out that EU residents are no longer accepted as clients through the broker’s sites.   According to online media Finance Magnates, after the consistently negative press publications that the company faced over the past year, it decided to close down operations and leave the binary options industry. Read more

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