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Readers of our column will recall that we reported back in December that UK-based Gold-i, one of the leading providers of MetaTrader-related software and connectivity solutions, had targeted the Japanese market for expansion by partnering with Tokyo-based MetaTrader distributor XBridge, and introducing a plug-in for its MT bridge specifically to adhere to Japanese regulations.
Apparently the partnership has borne fruit, as Gold-i announced they have signed up their first client in Japan for their Gold-i Gate Bridge for MetaTrader4, MT4-based Japanese FX broker CyberAgent FX. CyberAgent FX is among the top 10 online FX firms in Japan by volume. It is a subsidiary of Internet services company CyberAgent, which is publicly traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, with a market cap of about $1.8 billion (¥150 billion).
The Gold-i announcement hi-lites the increasing competition in the software-for-Forex-dealers business, centered mainly around:
- Mobility, and making mobile trading more user-friendly – both Saxo Bank and MetaTrader’s developer MetaQuotes, for example, have made a number of announcements recently dealing mainly with improvements and upgrades to their mobile offerings.
- Regulatory, helping Forex firms deal with the myriad regulations and regulators they must deal with, at a time when regulations are become more numerous and more complicated.
- Liquidity, connecting Forex firms to an increasing number of liquidity sources across an increasing variety of instruments, as price competition begins to heat up.
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