TradeNext returning funds as co-owner arrested; ETX and Dukascopy revenues soar; Shift Forex opening Israel branch – Forex Weekly Look Back


Last week in FX industry news on LeapRate we saw two brokerage houses report strong results. First off, ETX Capital, where reports showed deposits rose at ETX by 23% during 2014 as the CFD, Forex and Spread betting broker continued to grow outside its home UK market. Moreover, globally minded Swiss based broker Dukascopy reported first half 2015 income of CHF 17 million ($17.46 million), up 52% than a year earlier.

Also last week the forex world saw volumes report strong results as August trading surpassed July on many venues and across many brokerages, some saw their best results since January which was the month of the Swiss Franc spike induced volatility. Volatility was enough reason for the Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange to hike margins on a variety of different assets, including doubling margin on WTI Oil contracts. All of the initial volume reports from August you can check out below.

Another interesting story last week LeapRate learned that Jagjit Singh, a co-owner and Director of FCA-regulated retail forex broker TradeNext, had been arrested in India on swindling charges surrounding another of his retail financial businesses called Crown Credit Cooperative Society…

Check out last week’s featured stores and run down below:


Forex Industry Rundown for the Week of August 31st, 2015

Features
Shift Forex opening Israel office to focus on new Forex brokerage formation – LeapRate Exclusive
Andy Hecht: Volatility Equals Opportunity
What Forex brokers can learn from Google’s new logo and redesign
TradeNext terminates all Retail client relationships and is returning funds – LeapRate Exclusive

Broker Updates
FxNet adds Bitcoin to lineup of trading instruments
Nadex plans to waive trading, settlement fees for select members
Clients of FXPRIMUS can fund their accounts via Bitcoin
Hantec Markets sponsors FXStreet’s annual Trader of the Year Contest
Acquisitions lead Gain Capital to a spot on Fortune’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies 2015 list
Nadex to introduce Market Orders with Protection

Service Provider/Vendor News
MetaQuotes releases beta version of MT4 web platform
Live trading starts on Currenex’s LDFX regional matching engine
Hedge fund manager Lex van Dam develops apps for the Tradable platform
Japan’s Monex selects Markit’s service for corporate actions
SIX Financial Information now providing index-linked products data to S&P Dow Jones Indices
Optimal Payments’ shareholders to vote on company name change on Sep 28th

Institutional Offerings/Services
Bloomberg launches electronic trading platform in Japan
Avery Trading chooses Orc Tbricks for trading platform
DGCX raises margin for various futures including EUR/USD, USD/RUB, Gold, Oil
Tradeweb executes first regulated yen-swap trade
Ullink becomes first vendor to offer global FIX connectivity to German Tradegate Exchange
CME Group completes first multilateral compression cycle using TriOptima’s triReduce Service
London Stock Exchange and Boat Services to build real-time MiFID II trade reporting solution

Financials
ETX Capital sees 2014 Revenues soar 38% to £34.7 million – LeapRate Exclsuive
Dukascopy records income of CHF 17M in H1 2015, seeks to buy FX brokers
Markit finalizes acquisition of DealHub
South Africa’s FSB deregisters Fitch as credit ratings agency

Volumes
Japan sees OTC Forex volumes drop 12% QoQ in April-June 2015
Hotspot registers 20.4% MoM jump in Forex volumes in Aug 2015
TFX sees 12.3% MoM increase in Forex volumes in August 2015
Interactive Brokers reports rise in trading activity in Aug 2015, DARTs go up 13%
August 2015 marks second-busiest month ever at CBOE Futures Exchange
EXNESS posts Forex volumes of $201.5B in August 2015, broadly unchanged from July
CME Group registers 21.4% MoM increase in Forex volumes in Aug 2015
Moscow Exchange sets Chinese yuan trading volume record on “Black Monday”
Moscow Exchange registers 10.5% MoM rise in Forex volumes in Aug 2015
Monex Group global forex volumes rise 9.6% MoM to $42.2 billion
ICAP’s EBS daily volumes rise 22% MoM in August 2015
ICE sees 33% MoM rise in Forex volumes in August 2015

Warnings/Fines/Fraud Watch
Turkey’s CMB imposes $30,000 fine on Isik Menkul
Italy’s Consob warns against Simple Trading, MXTrade
Forex firm Broker Capital gets third regulatory warning
CySEC warns against redirecting traffic to non-regulated websites
FCA warns against unauthorized FX firm Ubroker
Georgia man sentenced to prison for forex ponzi scheme
FCA warns against unauthorized FX firm Ubroker
Forex Trend clients get offer to double investments in “new” company

Legal
New Zealand’s FDR says unreasonable complaining increases
U.S. DoJ expands FX market manipulation probe to Russian ruble and Brazilian real
ASIC introduces extra licence conditions for Advamode
TradeNext co-owner Jagjit Singh arrested in India on swindling charges surrounding Crown Credit Cooperative Society

Macroeconomic/Market News
Vladimir Putin presses ahead with plans for integrated currency market in CIS
Oil is gushing, speculation sends crude prices up 8% Monday
China tightens Forex trading rules in attempt to support the Yuan
National Bank of Ukraine relaxes some restrictions on FX transactions

Executive Moves
BNY Mellon appoints Michelle Neal as President of BNY Mellon Markets Group
Saxo Bank promotes Cathrine Kier to Head of Communications
Stuart Bridges officially assumes role of ICAP’s Group Finance Director
CLS names Joe Ziccarelli Head of Relationship Management, the Americas
Elina Pedersen resigns as Admiral Markets UK CEO
Matthew Avery rejoins Integral after just five months as Head of eFX Distribution at INTL FCStone – LeapRate Exclusive
IG Group appoints June Felix as non-exec director

Bitcoin/Cryptocurrency News
Coinbase expands to Canada for Bitcoin trading and exchange
Bitcoin Group’s IPO on ASX gets officially rescheduled
BTCS unveils interactive blockchain analytical tools
Regulated bitcoin exchange/platform itBit brings in new CCO and CFO
BitX appoints new Chief Compliance Officer
Coinsetter hires Kyle Kemper as SVP of Global Business Development
Bitcoin and Why It Must Remain Decentralized

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