LeapRate Weekly Forex Look Back: May 11th – May 17th – Forex takeover rumors and a blocked IPO on the menu


Last week we saw more volumes come in for April, and it looks like the usual spring slow down is upon us as April failed to eclipse March volume wise. However, it ended up being a good first quarter financially for many venues dealing in the FX sector, Moscow Exchange reported record revenue in the exchange’s brief history. The two USA retail giants FXCM and Gain Capital appear to be trending in opposite directions, with Gain volumes getting a jump due to their incorporation and full inclusion of City Index within it’s calculations. We also heard direct from sources refuting a Reuters report which linked IronFX and AvaTrade to a rumored takeover by Teddy Sagi’s PlayTech organization.

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Weekly Forex Industry Rundown

Volumes

– Gain Capital retail volumes rise 20% in April to $356B with City Index now officially in the fold

– Alpari Ru posts 6% drop in April FX volumes, introduces demo ECN accounts

– KCG announces steady $29.5 billion in market making volumes for April

Interviews

– Why are there so few women in the FX industry? Devora Mason on female success

– Location, location, location! BeeksFX CEO Gordon McArthur discusses the evolution of the FX VPS

– LeapRate TV interview with UniTrader CEO Patrick Oerer on trading from a single platform

– LeapRate TV interview: A close call for the world’s largest financial center – “London’s FX industry here to stay!”

– LeapRate TV interview with UniTrader CEO Patrick Oerer on what Chinese IBs look for in a platform

– Keep it simple! Retail FX trading platforms are set to adopt new, graphics oriented, modern designs

Warnings/Fraud Watch

– France’s AMF blacklists 223 binary options websites

– Ontario Securities Commission warns investors about unlicensed firm Venture FX Pro

– CySEC imposes administrative fine of EUR 20,000 on Banc de Binary

Legal

– American federal regulator FINRA strengthens sanctions against fraudsters

– CFTC releases final interpretation on forward contracts with embedded volumetric optionality

– CySEC outlines demands for websites of investment firms

– Morgan Stanley fined $2 million for violating short sale rule

– UBS’s Justice Department prosecution protection for LIBOR ripped up – future in US in jeopardy?

– ICAP Futures Australia fined $50,000 by ASIC for execution transgressions

– Is ASIC going to sell its Australia companies registry business?

– FSCS to begin making payments to Alpari UK clients from today

– Russia to welcome foreign FX brokers…but not offshore ones

Financial

– FXCM targets repayment of Leucadia loan by end of 2015

– Flash crash trader made £27 million by spoofing – now the taxpayer will pick up his legal bill

– Moscow Exchange announces Q1 2015 best quarterly results in the company’s history

– Saxo Bank UK sees 2014 Revenues of £14.8 million, Profit of £4.4 million as Client Assets rise to £192 million

– ETX Capital offers credit line to ex Alpari UK clients before they receive refunds

Executive Moves

– Leverate adds Playtech and Amdocs veteran Kobi Gur as CEO

– David Hodge joins CMC Markets as Chief Commercial Officer

Bitcoin

– The million dollar Bitcoin domain is here!

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