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Introducing the FX Global Code of Conduct

The Forex industry has long been plagued with complaints of improprieties on behalf of brokers, despite the heightened regulation and increasing number of watchdogs whose goal is to supervise brokers and to make sure that they act within accepted legal and ethical guidelines.  To protect Forex traders and to keep brokers on the straight and narrow, the FX Global Code of Conduct was launched in May 2016 as a precursor to the document that was released earlier this month by the Bank of International Settlements.

The code is designed to create a fair, liquid, open and transparent market where traders are protected and supported by a solid industry infrastructure.  The Global Code was developed by a partnership between central banks and Market Participants from 16 jurisdictions worldwide.  Among the guiding principles are:

  • Market Participants are expected to behave in an ethical and professional manner to promote the fairness and integrity of the FXM Market.
  • Market Participants are expected to promote responsible engagement in the FX Market and to have an effective governance framework to provide for comprehensive oversite of their activity.
  • Market Participants will comply with laws and regulations applicable to them in the jurisdiction in which they do business.

As it stands, the Global Code is meant to include Market Participants which are outlined as all persons or organizations engaged in the Forex market including, but not limited to organizations such as financial institutions, central banks, asset managers including sovereign wealth funds and hedge funds, non-bank liquidity providers, brokers, trading platforms, money changes and money services.  The Global Code confirms that all Market Participants will act in an ethical way and to be aware of potential conflicts that will need to be resolved with professionalism and care.

The initiative is a good one – there is certainly room for additional oversight and a commitment to moral activity within the Forex industry.  However, we question whether the initiative will be successful on the global level as there may always be brokers who are likely to engage in unscrupulous behavior in an effort to dupe innocent traders out of their money.  For this reason, we suggest that in addition to engaging a code of conduct for Market Participants, it is also critical for traders to know their rights and to understand that such a Global Code exists, so that they insist upon choosing a broker or other financial service provider that will maintain the highest standards of ethical and professional integrity.  Only with proper education on the traders’ side and honorable intentions on the side of Market Participants, will we be able to make strides against Forex fraud.

FXTM Sponsors Rookie IndyCar Driver Ed Jones

Indy500Leading global Forex broker FXTM has announced its sponsorship of Rookie IndyCar driver Ed Jones, a partnership which comes right after the company partnered with Sahara Force India, an F1 team.  FXTM’s partnership with these leading brands gives the company a prominent role in two-thirds of the most iconic motorsport events of the season.

FXTM’s motorsports partnerships serve a dual purpose; they testify to the company’s continued success in becoming a recognized global brokerage, and they attest to the qualities that FXTM wants to be known for in the financial world.  Specifically, said Martin Lamming, FXTM’s Global Head of Marketing, success in motorsports requires “dedication, innovation and a commitment to learning.”  It is exactly these three attributes that Lamming believes have lead to FXTM’s recent success as well.

Added Lamming: “Ed is a phenomenal young driver.  He has displayed a dedication to his sport that has seen him successfully climb the ranks of lower series to earn a place on the grid of the iconic Indy 500. As an ambitious brand driven by a commitment to excellence in trading, learning and innovation, FXTM are proud to be sponsoring him for the landmark race of his career so far.”

We look forward to hearing about Jones’s continued success and, of course, about FXTM’s continued achievements as well.

AvaTrade Introduces More Digital Currency Trading

Digital CurrencyAvaTrade, a widely-respected global Forex broker headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, announced this week that it has added trading of three digital currencies to its already wide range of tradeable assets.  The assets are Ethereum, Dash and Ripple.  These currencies have shown a 1,000-4,000% increase in the past year, as has Bitcoin, the most famous digital currency, which AvaTrade also offers.

Digital currency trading is becoming more popular across the globe, though traders are advised to learn about the opportunities and risks before trading.  AvaTrade joins a list of very few Forex brokers which provide these offerings.  eToro is another broker that offers similar opportunities, though the primary difference between the brokers is that AvaTrade is primarily focused on individual trading while eToro’s trading platform is focused on social trading.

Learn more about AvaTrade in our comprehensive AvaTrade review to see if this broker is right for you, and make sure to practice trading digital currencies on a deme before moving to a live account so that you can get a sense for how they fluctuate.

DailyForex Expands to Support Swedish & Polish Traders

DailyForex.comFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - March 5, 2017 -  DailyForex, a company that provides currency traders with updates and analysis about the currency markets, has announced today the launch of its website in Swedish and Polish.  The Swedish and Polish websites offer timely market analysis directly from the DailyForex trading desk as well as reviews of Forex brokers that serve the Swedish and Polish markets.

DailyForex Polish Website: http://pl.dailyforex.com
DailyForex Swedish Website – http://se.dailyforex.com

The DailyForex website is also available in English, Arabic, Spanish, Italian, French, Turkish, German and Japanese.  The addition of these languages results directly from the need for quality content and reliable information for native Polish and Swedish speakers who are usually forced to read information in English due to the lack of websites in their native tongues.

“It’s very exciting to be able to bring valuable information to a wider audience and to help people understand the currency markets properly,” said Adam Lemon, Chief Analyst at DailyForex.  “When someone’s money is at stake it’s critical for them to understand trading strategies and principles properly and oftentimes critical details get lost in translation or aren’t understood completely when traders read articles in a secondary language.”

In addition to providing timely market analysis, each new language website offers a comprehensive ebook that traders can use to learn more about currency trading at their convenience as well as educational articles that were written by professional traders with the express goal of guiding traders at all levels to become profitable, long-term currency traders.

More Changes for FXCM

FXCM announced earlier this week that it will be changing its company name to Global Brokerage, Inc. and that its stock trading ticker will be changed to GLBR as of market opening on February 27, 2017.FXCM

The company also announced that its Director and Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors, Drew Niv, has resigned, and that he will be replaced immediately with Brian Reyhani as Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors.  Mr. Niv will also relinquish his post as the company’s CEO, to be replaced by interim CEO Brendan Callan, who has been the CEO and President of European Operations subsidiary since 2010.

Jimmy Hallac, a Managing Director of Leucadia, the company that bailed out FXCM following the Swiss National Bank crisis in 2015, has been appointed as Chairman of the FXCM Group, after William Adhout resigned this week as Director of the Board.

Despite the changes in the company’s executive structure, FXCM (or Global Brokerage, Inc.) remains committed to putting its customers first and is expected to remain a leading global Forex brokerage. Commenting on the appointments, Leucadia’s CEO Rich Handler and President Brian Friedman commented:  “We are very excited to have Brendan and Jimmy in their new roles.  We believe that, under their leadership, FXCM Group will be able to continue to enhance and grow its global platform and customer offering.   Brendan and Jimmy share our deep commitment to always putting clients first, maintaining and building a culture of transparency, communication and support among employees, and responding to the needs and goals of all relevant constituencies, including FXCM’s customers, employees, regulators, business partners and equity owners.”

FXTM Gears Up to Reveal New Partnership with Sahara Force India

Global award-winning broker FXTM is the official forex partner of the Sahara Force India Formula One™ Team.

This prestigious partnership heralds a fantastic 2017 for both teams, who each rose to new heights in 2016. Sahara Force India captured the attention of Formula One™ fans and international media when they stormed into fourth place in the Constructors Championships, beating top names McLaren and Williams. New partners FXTM had an equally successful 2016, adding a number of prestigious awards – including Top Customer Service Provider – to their trophy case.FXTM

“The parallels between Sahara Force India and FXTM are striking,” says Olga Rybalkina, CEO of ForexTime Limited. “They too are a young, dynamic team who have taken on established, big name competitors and come out on top. Just like us, they owe their success to innovation, speed, and their dedication to training.”

It is a focus on training and speed that has enabled FXTM to dominate the global forex market. Launched in 2011, the broker’s pioneering approach to client education sets it apart from other industry leaders. Its Market Analysis team provide twice daily commentaries on market movements, and work alongside a dedicated Education department to deliver seminars, workshops, lectures, and events to traders across the globe. This, coupled with lightning fast execution speeds and pioneering products — including a newly launched Gold Bullion service — has further established FXTM as an industry leader.

“Education, training, and excellence drive our brand,” says Rybalkina, “And it is important to us that our partners embody those values. For this reason, we are incredibly proud to be supporting Sahara Force India, and look forward to an exciting year of racing.”

With the first test in Barcelona in less than a week, the 2017 season certainly promises excitement. Sahara Force India is fielding a new driver pairing, the promising young Esteban Ocon will join team stalwart Sergio Pérez. With new aerodynamic rules and tyre widths also coming into force this year, they will be tackling some of the biggest changes to the sport in recent history. Experts predict the changes will herald faster lap times and more overtaking; heightening the parallels between Formula One™ and forex trading.FXTM

“The current turmoil in the currency markets creates exciting opportunities for traders,” says Rybalkina, “Which is why FXTM is committed to providing our clients with the training resources and advanced trading tools they need to perform at their best. It is this dedication to training, innovation, and speed that sets us apart from our competitors and enabled us to challenge the bigger brokers. It is an approach we share with Sahara Force India, and we believe that our new partnership will help propel both teams to the top of the leader board in 2017.”

 

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Risk Warning: There is a high level of risk involved with trading leveraged products such as forex and CFDs. You should not risk more than you can afford to lose, it is possible that you may lose more than your initial investment. You should not trade unless you fully understand the true extent of your exposure to the risk of loss. When trading, you must always take into consideration your level of experience. If the risks involved seem unclear to you, please seek independent financial advice.

NOTES TO EDITORS

The FXTM brand provides international brokerage services and gives access to the global currency markets, offering trading in forex, precious metals, Share CFDs, ETF CFDs and CFDs on Commodity Futures. Trading is available via the MT4 and MT5 platforms with spreads starting from just 1.3 on Standard trading accounts and from 0.1 on ECN trading accounts. Bespoke trading support and services are provided based on each client’s needs and ambitions – from novices, to experienced traders and institutional investors. ForexTime Limited is regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC), with license number 185/12, licensed by the SA FSB with FSP number 46614, and registered with the UK FCA under reference number 600475. FT Global Limited is regulated by the International Financial Services Commission (IFSC) with license numbers IFSC/60/345/TS and IFSC/60/345/APM.

 

FXCM Exits the U.S. Market

FXCMOn February 6, 2017 leading Forex broker FXCM announced a settlement with the National Futures Association (NFA) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in which the company agreed to withdraw from all activities and services in the United States and transfer all of its existing accounts to GAIN Capital Holdings, the parent company of Forex.com, pending the confirmation of a final agreement. FXCM will also pay a $7 million fine to the CFTC for engaging in false and misleading solicitation of clients, an accusation which FXCM neither confirms or denies despite its agreement to the proposed settlement and fines.

Until now, FXCM was considered the largest retail Forex broker in the U.S., enjoying approximately 34% of the market share. Withdrawal from the U.S. market will liquidate approximately $52 million for FXCM, which will use the money to repay part of the loan that it took from Leucadia National Corporation following the Swiss National Bank crisis in 2015. FXCM is a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ and its stock price is expected to fall sharply with Tuesday’s New York open, falling further from the lows it’s been struggling with in recent months.

FXCM will continue to service its U.S. clients until a formal agreement is reached with GAIN Capital, and it has stated in a press release that the decision to withdraw from the U.S. Forex industry will have no bearing on its ability to continue providing top notch service to traders in other parts of the world.