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Retail Forex

Objective   3/11/2016

To document retail Forex opportunities.

Retail foreign exchange trading   1/24/2016

Retail foreign exchange trading is a small segment of the larger foreign exchange market where individuals speculate on the exchange rate between different currencies.

This segment has developed with the advent of dedicated electronic trading platforms and the internet which have allowed individuals to access the global currency markets.

In 2013 it had been speculated that volume from retail foreign exchange trading represents 5 percent of the whole foreign exchange market which amounts to $250 billion in daily trading turnover.

Prior to the development of forex trading platforms in late 1990s forex trading was restricted to large financial institutions.

It was the development of the internet, trading software and forex brokers allowing trading on margin that started the growth of retail trading.

Traders are able to trade spot currencies with market makers on margin.

Meaning they need to put down only a small percentage of the trade size and can buy and sell currencies in seconds.

OANDA   1/31/2016


OANDA is a Canadian-based foreign exchange company providing currency conversion, online retail foreign exchange trading (forex), online foreign currency transfers, and forex information.

In the US it is a non-bank Futures Commission Merchant (FCM) specialized in spot forex trading and a registered FCM with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and a member of the National Futures Association (NFA).

OANDA was co-founded by Michael Stumm, a professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, and Richard Olsen of The Olsen Ltd., a leading econometric research and development firm.

OANDA is an outgrowth of the Swiss Olsen Group and was created to serve as an internet trading platform to automate techniques based on the group's research in foreign exchange trading.

Much of OANDA's technology is based on algorithms published in the book High Frequency Finance, which was co-authored by Dr. Richard Olsen, a principal of OANDA and co-inventor of these algorithms.

In 1996, OANDA Corporation, the US subsidiary, was incorporated in the state of Delaware, and initially provided online access to live currency information that was previously inaccessible to the public at large.

At its inception, oanda.com offered free currency conversion tools, tables of historical data, news, and analysis through a multilingual interface.

On December 2, 2013, OANDA appointed Edmond Eger III as a new CEO in place of K Duker.

Forex.com   1/26/2016


GAIN Capital is a US provider of online trading services headquartered in Bedminster.

The company provides market access and trade execution services in foreign exchange, contracts for differences and exchange-based products to retail investors.

Trading is provided via one of two electronic trading platforms, its own proprietary FOREXTrader PRO, or MetaTrader 4.

Services are provided to the retail market through its brand FOREX.com and via a number of brokers internationally.

GAIN Capital allows retail and institutional clients to speculate on global foreign exchange markets in what is known as ‘margin forex trading’.

History GAIN Capital was founded in 1999 in Bedminster, New Jersey, and was one of the early developers of on-line forex trading.

The company went public in 2010 when it floated part of its shareholdings on the NYSE; however, the initial IPO was scaled back at the last minute as target price was not reached.

In October 2014 the company acquired UK-based rival City Index for $118 million, boosting its CFD business and expanding its Forex business in the UK.

FXCM   1/24/2016

Forex Capital Markets
better known as FXCM, is an online Foreign exchange market broker based in the United States.

The company provides services through its own online trading platforms and through third party platforms such as MetaTrader 4.

FXCM allows retail and institutional clients to speculate on global foreign exchange markets in what is known as "margin forex trading".

Outside the US, FXCM also provides trading in contract for difference (CFDs) on major indices and commodities such as gold and crude oil.

Following a large increase in the price of Swiss francs on January 15, 2015, the company announced that it may be "in breach of some regulatory capital requirements."

On January 16, FXCM announced that it had secured a $300 million loan with a 10% coupon from Leucadia National Corp in order to meet its capital requirements.

On January 20 further terms of the loan were released, showing that the coupon rate might rise to 17% and that asset sales and other limitations were imposed.

Citigroup analysts quoted by Bloomberg said that the terms of the loan “essentially wiped out” the value of FXCM’s stock.

TradeStation   1/24/2016

TradeStation Group, Inc. is the parent company of online

securities, futures and forex brokerage firms and trading technology companies.

It is headquartered in Plantation, Florida, and has offices in New York, Chicago, Richardson, TX, London, Sydney and Costa Rica.

TradeStation is best known for the analysis software and electronic trading platform it provides to the active trader and certain institutional trader markets that enable clients to design, test, optimize, monitor, and automate their own custom equities, options, futures and forex trading strategies.

TradeStation Group was a Nasdaq GS-listed company from 1997-2011, until acquired by Monex Group, a Tokyo Stock Exchange listed parent company of one of Japan’s leading online securities brokerage firms.

TradingView   1/31/2016

XM.com   1/24/2016

XM.com (previously known as XeMarkets) is a Cyprus-based international online foreign exchange broker.

The company provides financial trading services through various electronic trading platforms, including MetaTrader 4 allowing traders to apply Expert Advisor (EA) strategies.

XM also provides trading in contract for difference (CFDs) on major indices and commodities such as gold and crude oil.

The company is headquartered in Cyprus, with representative offices in Hungary, Greece, Australia and New Zealand.

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