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Tickmill Group: Continued Growth Underlined by Global Expansion in 2017

Tickmill 2018

Tickmill Group announced strong consolidated financial results for 2017, a year which was marked by solid business growth and further geographical expansion into new markets. The financial metrics posted in the past year showed continued progress across key performance metrics.

Tickmill Group’s Business Metrics for 2017

  • Consolidated net profit rose from $7.29 million in 2016 to $14.81 million in 2017, representing an increase of 103%.
  • Net trading revenue amounted to $38.96 million, marking an increase of 82% compared to the previous year.
  • Total trading volume came in at $745 billion notional value, easily surpassing the projected $600-650 billion range. In November 2017, Tickmill Group recorded its highest monthly trading volume of $79 billion when its clients placed a record 4.25 million trades. Taking a full-year perspective, the clients of Tickmill Group placed 42.58 million trades in total which also signals a new record for the Company.

Growth Projections for the Year Ahead

Tickmill had a powerful start to 2018, posting a record monthly trading volume of $110.6 billion in January followed by triple-digit figures in February and March.

In 2018, the company projects to reach a $1200-1300 billion full-year trading volume on the basis of organic growth in its key markets in Southeast Asia, South America, the MENA region and Europe.

Duncan Anderson, CEO of Tickmill UK Ltd, commented: “Tickmill was nimble enough to deliver record revenues and profits in the past year, despite the many regulatory changes and increased competition in the financial landscape. Our global presence, excellent trading conditions and robust trading technology has made Tickmill a strong brand and a go-to-broker for some of the most sophisticated retail and professional traders.”

Mr Anderson, added: “At Tickmill we have always had a long-term perspective in everything we do, which makes us excited about the future of the brokerage industry.”

Illimar Mattus, CFO of Tickmill Ltd, highlighted: “Despite markets experiencing extended periods of low volatility in 2017, Tickmill Group was able to deliver strong financial results for the year. We increased our profitability twofold and revenues by 82%. Our strong net capital base of $27.94 million at the end of 2017 will allow us to invest in new products and technologies to deliver more value to our global client base.”

Commenting on the Group’s growth strategy, Mr Mattus stated: “Having successfully completed the acquisition of Vipro Markets Ltd in 2017, we will continue looking for meaningful acquisition opportunities in 2018 to increase our market share and improve our overall efficiency. Building on last year’s positive results, we renew our focus on the core principles that underpin our success: providing cost-effective solutions, strengthening our competitive advantages, and diversifying our business.”

About Tickmill

Tickmill is a Forex and CFD trading services provider, authorised and regulated by the UK Financial Conduct Authority, the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission and the Seychelles Financial Services Authority, offering first-class trading products with competitive conditions and ultra-fast execution.

For more information, please visit: http://www.tickmill.com

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FxPro and McLaren F1™ Team Announce Partnership Agreement

FxPro 2018

24 May 2018, London. Online broker FxPro and McLaren F1™ Team are delighted to announce a multi-year partnership agreement. From the Monaco Grand Prix (24-27 May), the McLaren MCL33 will feature prominent FxPro branding, highlighting the firm’s position as the world’s number one online broker.

Zak Brown, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Racing, commented:

“We are pleased to welcome FxPro as an official partner to the McLaren Formula 1 team. Both FxPro and McLaren are committed to innovation and excellence in their fields, making this a natural partnership. With over 50 domestic and international awards to their name, FxPro have proven their ability to perform at the highest level.”

In the Sky Blue Ball, striker of Sydney FC Bobo, won the A-League Player of the Year and Golden Boot Award with his netting 27 goals in 27 regular-season matches – a new A-League record. Bobo witnessed the partnership announcement and said, “We are glad to wear the jersey with AETOS logo printed on, we are pleased and confident to complete in the AFC Champions League in 2019 with the full support of AETOS, a global renowned Forex broker.”

With over 250 million orders executed and up to 7000 orders processed each second, FxPro is well aware of the challenges high pressure, high performance environments present. This partnership underpins the commitment to excellence and innovation shared by McLaren and FxPro.

FxPro CEO, Charalambos Psimolophitis, commented:

“We are proud to be entering this multi-year partnership with McLaren, a team with an illustrious history and exciting future. We always look for partners that share our passion for excellence and success, and McLaren embodies those values perfectly.”

Ilya Holeu, Chief Marketing Officer, FxPro, commented:

“FxPro have always been visionary pioneers in everything we do, from multiple world-class sports sponsorships to the way we value our name and the way that we do business. Sports sponsorship has long been a significant part of our outreach program and we are delighted to be partnering with McLaren to take that forward.”

Notes to Media

About FxPro: FxPro is an award-winning online broker, serving retail and institutional clients in more than 150 countries. FxPro provides access to competitive pricing and deep liquidity with no-dealing-desk intervention (subject to the FxPro Order Execution Policy) via its advanced trading platforms, superior execution technologies and algorithmic tools.

If you have any questions, please contact PR team, who can be reached by calling +44 (0) 20 7776 9720, or via email at pr@fxpro.com, https://www.fxpro.com/.

Legal Information: FxPro Group Limited is the holding company of FxPro UK Limited, FxPro Financial Services Ltd, FxPro Global Markets MENA Limited, and FxPro Global Markets Ltd. FxPro UK Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (registration no. 509956). FxPro Financial Services Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (licence no. 078/07) and by the Financial Services Board (authorisation no. 45052). FxPro Global Markets MENA Limited is authorised and regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (reference no. F003333). FxPro Global Markets Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Securities Commission of the Bahamas (licence no. SIA-F184). Trade Responsibly: Contracts for Difference (CFDs) and Spread Bets are complex financial product that are traded on margin. Trading CFDs and Spread Bets carries a high level of risk since leverage can work both to your advantage and disadvantage. As a result, CFDs and Spread Bets may not be suitable for all investors because you may lose all your invested capital. You should not risk more than you are prepared to lose. Before deciding to trade, you need to ensure that you understand the risks involved taking into account your investment objectives and level of experience. Most CFDs and Spread Bets have no set maturity date. Hence, a CFD and/or a Spread Bet position matures on the date you choose to close an existing open position. Seek independent advice, if necessary. Please read FxPro’s full ‘Risk Disclosure Statement’

AETOS CAPITAL GROUP EXTENDS AFC CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PARTNERSHIP WITH SYDNEY FC

The first good news at the time of its 11th anniversary, AETOS Capital Group extended AFC Champions League partnership with Sydney Football Club (Sydney FC), the three-time A-League champion. AETOS will be the principal partner of Sydney FC in the 2019 AFC Champions League season. Both parties celebrated the partnership in the “Sky Blue Ball” held at the Star Sydney on May 19th. Players of the year in the 2017/18 A-League season was awarded their honors in this gala night. Different from their look in the pitch, Sydney FC players with their gorgeous attire in black ties refreshed the impression of their fans.

Scott Barlow, Chairman of Sydney FC delivered his keynote speech in the Ball, saying “we are so delighted to sign up another sponsorship deal with AETOS Capital Group. At Sydney FC, we strive to be the best in everything we do. Our partnership with AETOS, the global market-leading forex broker, will further extend and strengthen the two brands’ influence in the Asia-Pacific market.”

Councilor Mike Thomas, Senior Vice President of AETOS Capital Group, said “in addition to the principal sponsorship in the AFC Champions League, AETOS and Sydney FC will also extend our cooperation to the A-League pitch, and will launch a series of privileges programs, including membership of Sydney FC for our clients and exclusive financial services for Sydney FC’s hundreds of thousands of fans. AETOS adheres to the philosophy of “Fairness, Efficiency, and Intelligence”, we believe that Sydney FC will become the leader in Asian football pitch through its adherence to fair games, efficient performance and intelligent training system.”

In the Sky Blue Ball, striker of Sydney FC Bobo, won the A-League Player of the Year and Golden Boot Award with his netting 27 goals in 27 regular-season matches – a new A-League record. Bobo witnessed the partnership announcement and said, “We are glad to wear the jersey with AETOS logo printed on, we are pleased and confident to complete in the AFC Champions League in 2019 with the full support of AETOS, a global renowned Forex broker.”

Sydney FC will learn their opponents for the Group Stage of the 2019 AFC Champions League following the Group Stage draw in early December.

AETOS Sydney FC announced the extension of AFC Champions League partnership with AETOS in the Sky Blue Ball. Guests and Sydney FC players in their gorgeous attire further brightened up the event

8 May 2018, Formax Prime launches new Chinese and Spanish websites

Formax Prime Capital (UK) Limited are pleased to announce the launch of their Spanish and Chinese language sites to Traders.

“Following the successful launch of our new website and marketing in December last year, we took the decision to expand our existing ‘ECN only broker’ offer further to Chinese and Spanish speaking clients. Our support team are bilingual in a number of languages and it made sense to widen our approach and offer those clients access to all of the information on our English site, but in their native language.” - David Rapp, Director at Formax Prime.

Formax Prime Capital (UK) Limited obtained their FCA license in January 2015 and backed by their parent company Formax Group offer Forex, Commodities and Indices trading, across two platforms, MT4 and ZuluTrade.

Formax Prime believe that Traders need better insight into how their trades are placed and how trading platforms make money from their clients. Formax Prime was developed solely as an ECN Brokerage.

About Formax Prime Capital (UK) Limited

Formax Prime Capital (UK) Limited, is regulated by the FCA and offers ECN trading across Forex, Indices and Commodities, with highly competitive spreads from 0.2 pips on both MT4 and 1.5 pips on ZuluTrade platforms. Clients can choose pricing models from ECN commission free or ECN raw spreads + commission.

Formax Prime Capital (UK) Limited believe in developing long term partnerships with clients from day one, ensuring 24/5 support by phone and live chat via the website.

Experience the professional difference that an exclusive ECN broker can make, and discover the new way to trade, visit www.formaxprime.co.uk or call us on +44(0)20 3819 3100.

Contacts:

Business enquiries:

David Rapp

Director, Formax Prime Capital UK

Tel: +44(0)20 3819 3103

Email: David.Rapp@formaxprime.co.uk

Media enquiries:

Louise Stevens

Client Services Director, Talisman Marketing Solutions

Tel: + 44 (0)20 3735 5534

Email: louise.stevens@talisman.co.uk


What is Next for Forex after ESMA’s New Measures? Tickmill UK CEO Explains

Tickmill

The new regulatory measures announced by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) regarding the provision of Contracts for Difference (CFDs) and binary options to retail clients sent shock waves throughout the Forex industry. We sat down with the CEO of Tickmill UK Ltd, Mr Duncan Anderson to get his take on what the new measures entail for retail investors, Forex brokers and the financial services sector.

Read on to discover Mr Anderson’s interesting insights and find out what’s next for Tickmill and the industry at large.

How do you view the state of the Forex industry following the new measures announced by the European Securities and Markets Authority?

The proposed measures were first aired some time ago. There was a significant response to ESMA both from the industry and clients. We anticipate the measures will come into force in or around July 2018. Tickmill welcomes strong regulation and the protection of clients’ interests is paramount; however, there is a feeling within the industry that these measures are misguided, costly and ultimately do not benefit client interests.

In your opinion, how will the new regulations affect the future of the Forex industry and market participants?

Additional burdens will be imposed on the industry. This will involve further IT and compliance costs. It is likely that there will be consolidation within the EU and firms ceasing business altogether. Clients will continue to look for better choice and this is likely to push them offshore, something the industry has repeatedly voiced concern about.

How can Forex brokerages remain competitive in light of the new state of affairs?

The cost of business has increased significantly in the EU due to regulatory pressure. Firms will increasingly need to show a strong balance sheet, something that Tickmill has always considered important. Some firms may even pass on specific costs to their clients. Tickmill is regulated in multiple jurisdictions in order to offer its clients a more robust trading environment.

What advice would you give to the Forex trading community?

My advice would be to look very closely at the broker you do business with. Ensure they are financially strong and that they are regulated in multiple jurisdictions. Ensure you have the necessary protections and the ability to choose the investment products and services that meet your needs.

What is Tickmill’s stand on the new measures?

As I mentioned previously, Tickmill is a strong supporter of regulation and we always abide by the guidelines and best practices laid out by regulatory bodies to safeguard the best interests of our clients. I would like to emphasise that our clients are at the heart of our business model and we strive to provide them with the best possible trading environment. For instance, our client funds are fully segregated. FCA regulation in this instance is very clear and should provide our clients assurances that their funds are protected.

Do you expect the new regulations to have any effect on the Group’s financial results?

No, if anything, we anticipate that our growth rate will increase as clients look for better trading conditions in a consolidating market. We are known for having some of the fastest transaction speeds and competitive pricing spreads in the industry; advantages like this mean that we can stay competitive without compromising our values.

How does Tickmill adapt to the new regulatory regime?

Regulations change constantly, so the regulatory regime is always new. Changes in regulation are constantly evolving and Tickmill strives to meet its compliance obligations. We just have to stay compliant, but in essence it is simple – if you put your clients’ interests first you are well on the way to ensuring compliance. Achieving that is just part of the overall cost of the business.

Do you see any new areas or opportunities for growth?

There are plenty of areas for growth and this is one of the exciting elements of our business as it evolves. We are looking at a number of different product areas where we see potential. Our clients are a great barometer for exploring opportunities which we look forward to delivering in the future.

What are the goals of the Group over the next few years?

We have achieved so much in a relatively short period, but we are determined to do so much more. Clearly, we want to maintain current levels of operational excellence and to this, all credit should be given to the amazing team that makes up Tickmill. We would like to continuously increase our competitiveness in our industry and strategically move into other areas where we believe that we can make a real difference to the benefit of all.


JFD Brokers EXPANDS GLOBALLY, OPENING NEW OFFICE IN PRAGUE

JFD

5th April, Limassol, Cyprus

JFD, one of the fastest-growing FX and CFD brokerages worldwide, has relaunched the Bitcoin CFD BTC/USD pair.

With the rise of cryptocurrencies and the increasing popularity and potential of blockchain technology to transform business models, JFD Brokers wants to make sure that its clients have access to a diverse range of currencies, while striving to remain transparent and competitive within the ever-growing and robust trading industry.

Chief Trading System Officer at JFD Brokers, Monika Peeva, explained: “Bitcoins have gained so much popularity, especially recently with the rise of blockchain technology, that is impossible to ignore anymore. Bitcoins are real and their potential great.”

JFD Brokers currently offers online trading in FX and precious metals, as well as CFDs on shares, indices, commodities, bonds, ETFS & ETNS and Bitcoins. They are working towards adding more crypto CFDs to their list of trading pairs in the cryptocurrency CFD asset class.

For the full details and contract specifications regarding the trading of Bitcoin CFDs via JFD Brokers visit this page on their website.


ABOUT JFD:

JFD stands for JUST FAIR & DIRECT! Founded in December 2011 by professional traders for sophisticated clients, JFD is already ranked among the top 20 largest online brokers worldwide (source: Finance Magnates QIR1 2016). With a solid presence in over 120 countries across 6 continents, JFD has made its name as a game-changing and award-winning internationally licensed global provider of 100% Post-Trade Transparent trading solutions. Operating as a pure Agency Model, JFD offers trader-centric DMA/STP execution, keeping the best interests of the client always in mind.

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT:

Nathalie Kyrou

Email: n.kyrou@jfdbrokers.com

Skype: jfd.nathalie.kyrou

Tel: +357 25 878530 x122


FxPro Expands Trader Education Offerings

FxPro's 'Learn from a Pro' series of trading webinars and seminars has been extraordinarily well received. Since originally launching the initiative last year, the group has maintained its long-standing commitment to providing traders with comprehensive educational material.

The sessions have been of particular interest to traders and market participants looking to expand on their existing understanding of online trading. This is particularly true in the foreign exchange space, having proven a major success across multiple different regions and jurisdictions. The 'Learn from a Pro' series has continued to run into 2018, supporting several new languages.

Overall, its seminars are offered across three countries with webinars in Italian, Spanish, German, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian, among others. The effort constitutes FxPro's continued bid to help traders worldwide develop their knowledge of the financial markets. Indeed, trader education is a point of emphasis at FxPro, which serves as a cornerstone of its agenda over the past few years and now in 2018.

Hosted by various industry experts including Phillip Konchar, Enrico Gei, Carlos Partida and Mohamed Elghobary, the 'Learn from a Pro' series covers a wide range of topics. Such topics include unique trading concepts, economic event analysis, trading strategies for key instruments, breakdowns of major chart patterns, and how to use popular technical indicators to inform trading decisions.

Totaling over fifty unique seminars and webinars to date, the 'Learn from a Pro' series has thus far welcomed over 2,500 traders. Based on this positive reception, the online broker looks forward to adding further seminars and webinars to their schedule in the months to come.

This stance was reiterated by FxPro's Chief Client Relations Officer, Elsy Rayess, who commented: “We have always seen education as a central component of our offering at FxPro. The continued success of our Learn from a Pro series demonstrates that seminars and webinars are an ideal way to engage traders, as they provide a more hands-on approach and an opportunity to learn about the financial markets from industry professionals.”


FxPro Maintains Commitment to Trader Education

21 March 2018, London

The sessions have been exceptionally well received by investors looking to expand on their existing understanding of online trading, and have proved a major success across different regions. The Learn from a Pro series, which continues to run into 2018, has thus far included seminars in 3 countries, and webinars in Italian, Spanish, German, Arabic, Chinese and Russian, as FxPro continues to help traders worldwide develop their knowledge of the financial markets.

Hosted by various industry experts including Phillip Konchar, Enrico Gei, Carlos Partida and Mohamed Elghobary, the Learn from a Pro series covers a wide range of topics including trading concepts, economic event analysis, trading strategies for key instruments, breakdowns of major chart patterns and how to use popular technical indicators to inform trading decisions.

Totalling 50+ seminars and webinars to date, the Learn from a Pro series has so far welcomed in excess of 2,500 traders. Based on this positive reception, we look forward to adding further seminars and webinars to our schedule in the months to come.

FxPro Chief Client Relations Officer, Elsy Rayess, commented:

“We have always seen education as a central component of our offering at FxPro. The continued success of our Learn from a Pro series demonstrates that seminars and webinars are an ideal way to engage traders, as they provide a more hands-on approach and an opportunity to learn about the financial markets from industry professionals.”

Notes to Media

About FxPro

FxPro is an award-winning online broker, serving retail and institutional clients in more than 150 countries. FxPro provides access to competitive pricing and deep liquidity with no-dealing-desk intervention (subject to the FxPro Order Execution Policy) via its advanced trading platforms, superior execution technologies and algorithmic tools.

FxPro Group Limited is the holding company of FxPro Financial Services Ltd, FxPro UK Limited, FxPro Global Markets MENA Limited and FxPro Global Markets Limited.

FxPro Group Limited is the holding company of FxPro UK Limited, FxPro Financial Services Ltd, FxPro Global Markets MENA Limited, and FxPro Global Markets Ltd. FxPro UK Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (registration no. 509956). FxPro Financial Services Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (licence no. 078/07) and by the Financial Services Board (authorisation no. 45052). FxPro Global Markets MENA Limited is authorised and regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (reference no. F003333). FxPro Global Markets Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Securities Commission of the Bahamas (licence no. SIA-F184).

https://www.fxpro.co.uk

Tickmill Exhibited as Gold Sponsor at the FXCuffs Expo

Tickmill

Tickmill has successfully exhibited as Gold sponsor at the FXCuffs Expo which took place on 16-17 March 2018 in Krakow, Poland.

Known as one of the largest financial exhibitions in Eastern and Central Europe, FXCuffs attracted almost 5000 attendees who grabbed the opportunity to benefit from a range of presentations, meetings and lectures led by local and foreign experts.

Tickmill was among the high-profile companies which attended the expo, showcasing its diverse product offering and advanced trading solutions to a huge crowd of Forex enthusiasts. The company’s booth recorded an amazing turnout while the feedback received from visitors was very positive. Tickmill’s team of experts shared interesting ideas, market trends and new developments with existing and prospective clients.

Tickmill Group CMO, Marilena Iakovou commented: “We are thrilled to have attended this year’s FXCuffs which we regard as a great opportunity to further strengthen relations with the Polish trading community and reinforce our presence in Poland, one of the fastest growing markets for our company. Meanwhile, as part of our expansion strategy in the Polish market, we have several new projects in the pipeline, including educational events and webinars to offer local traders high quality forex education in their native language”.

Tickmill is gearing up to host several seminars and road trips in key regions around the world to interact face-to-face with local traders and provide them with trading education and tools that matter most to them.

About Tickmill

Tickmill is a global Forex and CFDs provider, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority of the United Kingdom, the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission and the Seychelles Financial Services Authority.

Please visit www.tickmill.com or contact marketing@tickmill.com

Trading CFDs can involve losses that exceed the initial investment.


Swissquote more successful than ever

Swissquote has posted record-breaking results for 2017. Compared with the previous year, total net revenues increased by 25.0 percent to CHF 187.8 million while net profit grew by 88.8 percent to CHF 39.2 million and client assets were up 29.9 percent at CHF 24.1 billion. For 2018, Swissquote is expecting net revenues and earnings to continue growing by approximately 10 percent..

Revenues up by 25%

Net revenues of CHF 187.8 million (CHF 150.2 million) were once again impacted by negative interest rates (-CHF 7.5 million). All four divisions contributed to the exceptional result. Thanks to a year-on-year increase in the number of transactions by 310,000 to 2.6 million, net fee & commission income grew by 22.5 percent to CHF 85.2 million (CHF 69.5 million). The number of transactions per customer per year remained stable at 11.0. However, other factors that contributed to the pleasing results included the growing importance of robo-advisory services (ePrivate Banking), successful trading in derivative products via Swiss DOTS, and trading in cryptocurrencies. eForex income increased by 26.2 percent to CHF 66.7 million (CHF 52.8 million). The strong growth is explained by the significant increase in new clients (+29.0 percent) and the significant increase in client assets belonging to eForex clients (+45.5 percent). Net trading income (currency trading excluding eForex) grew by 32.7 percent to CHF 22.3 million (CHF 16.8 million). Net interest income increased by 27.8 percent to CHF 19.7 million (CHF 15.4 million) owing to growth in Lombard loans issued and steadily rising US short-term interest rates.

Near doubling of earnings

At CHF 142.0 million (CHF 127.0 million), operating expenses were 11.8 percent higher in 2017 than in the previous year. The increase in expenses was mainly due to continuing heavy investment in technology, marketing and staff, whose numbers grew by 43 to 593. While operating expenses increased by CHF 14.9 million, net revenues rose by CHF 37.5 million. In line with this trend of expenses and revenues, all earnings figures rose sharply: pre-tax profit jumped by 97.3 percent to CHF 45.8 million (CHF 23.2 million), the pre-tax profit margin increased to 24.4 percent (15.4 percent), net profit surged by 88.8 percent to CHF 39.2 million (CHF 20.8 million) and the net profit margin climbed to 20.9 percent (13.8 percent). The capital ratio (CET 1) stood at 26.1 percent (24.5 percent). This means that Swissquote remains one of Switzerland's best-financed banks. Total Equity amounted to CHF 295.1 million (CHF 280.8 million).

Record level of client assets

2017 also saw client assets increase by a substantial 29.9 percent to CHF 24.1 billion (CHF 18.6 billion). The net new money inflow amounted to CHF 2.7 billion. As at the end of 2017, assets of CHF 23.0 billion (+31.6 percent) were held in trading accounts, CHF 600.6 million (-20.8 percent) in saving accounts, CHF 203.1 million (+75.2 percent) in Robo-Advisory accounts and CHF 328.9 million (+45.5 percent) in eForex accounts. The total number of accounts grew by 6,511 (+2.2 percent) to 309,286 (302,775). The breakdown is as follows: 236,861 trading accounts (+0.3 percent), 28,955 saving accounts (-11.9 percent), 1,898 Robo-Advisory accounts (+22.3 percent) and 41,572 eForex accounts (+29.0 percent).

Major success in cryptocurrency trading

From mid-2017, Swissquote became the first European online bank to offer its clients the opportunity to invest in cryptocurrencies and trade in them against the EUR or USD. The service was initially confined to Bitcoin, but since December Bitcoin Cash, Ether, Litecoin and Ripple have also been available. With five leading cryptocurrencies, Swissquote now has a larger offering of virtual currencies than any other bank. Clients invest and trade in cryptocurrencies through their ordinary Swissquote trading account in the same way as with any other currencies, shares or funds. The sharp increase in interest in cryptocurrencies, particularly in the fourth quarter of 2017 (revenues of CHF 5.6 million in 2017), led to a flood of new accounts being opened towards the end of year. The impact of the new accounts on revenues will only be clearly noticeable in the figures for the first half of 2018.

Shareholders to benefit from higher dividend

In light of the very good business results, the Board of Directors will propose to the Annual General Meeting of Swissquote Group Holding Ltd, to be held on 4 May 2018, a distribution of CHF 0.90 per share of which CHF 0.86 as a dividend and CHF 0.04 as a reimbursement of Reserves from capital contributions.

The complete 2017 Financial Report is available at: https://en.swissquote.com/ - Company/Investor Relations/Financial Reporting.

Swissquote – The Swiss Leader in Online Banking

As a leading provider of online financial services, Swissquote offers innovative solutions and analysis tools to meet the wide range of demands and needs of its clients. As well as various online trading services, the user-friendly platform also provides solutions for eForex, ePrivate Banking and eMortgages. In addition to a low-cost service for private clients, Swissquote offers specialized services for independent asset managers and corporate clients. Swissquote Bank Ltd holds a banking license issued by its supervisory authority, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA), and is a member of the Swiss Bankers Association. Its parent company, Swissquote Group Holding Ltd, is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (symbol: SQN).

For further information

Marc Bürki, CEO Swissquote Group Holding Ltd / CEO Swissquote Bank Ltd

Tel.: +41 22 999 98 50, Mobile +41 79 413 41 45, marc.burki@swissquote.ch

Nadja Keller, Assistant to CEO / Media Relations Manager.

Tel. +41 44 825 88 01, nadja.keller@swissquote.ch

Agenda 2018

4 May 2018 - Annual General Meeting in Zurich

31 July 2018 - Presentation of figures for the first half of 2018 in Zurich


Tickmill Group Kicks off 2018 with Record Monthly Trading Volume

Tickmill

Tickmill Group, which consists of UK FCA, Seychelles FSA and CySEC licenced entities, reported its highest ever monthly trading volume of $110.6 billion in January 2018. This figure marks a historic milestone in the Group’s development and paves the way for an even stronger year in terms of business growth and operational excellence.

Commenting on the achievement, Tickmill Group CEO, Mr Duncan Anderson stated: “We are pleased to commence 2018 with such a strong performance that positions us among the fastest-growing and financially robust companies in the industry. The Group has thrived in all key financial metrics despite the increasingly tight regulatory regime and heightened market competition. I am confident that our hard work and dedication to core business ethics and client-centric values, will put us on a stronger growth trajectory this year.”

Tickmill’s Success Story in 2017

Beyond the numbers, Tickmill had a busy 2017, successfully completing numerous activities and projects including the following:

  • Acquisition of Vipro Markets Ltd, a CySEC regulated investment firm in a bid to accelerate expansion into new markets.
  • New trading products/services: 4 CFDs on German government bonds and Bitcoin trading (BTC/USD) were launched along with Tickmill Prime, a Prime Brokerage solution provider.
  • Launch of Italian, Arabic, German, Korean, Thai and Vietnamese websites.
  • Trading contests such as the Ultimate IB Ride contest, the Forex Demo Challenge and the Revolutionary Win-Win Live trading contest.
  • Prestigious industry awards including the ‘Most Trusted Broker in Europe 2017’ recognition by the renowned Global Brands Magazine and the ‘Best Forex Trading Conditions’ prize at the 2017 UK Forex Awards.
  • Educational seminars in Johannesburg and Kuwait and webinars in English, Italian, Arabic, German and Polish.
  • Impressive presence at the iFX EXPO Asia, the FXCuffs Expo, the ITForum, the iFX EXPO International and the World of Trading.

Capitalising on last year’s growth momentum, Tickmill continues full speed ahead to reach even more exciting milestones in 2018; ones that will be mutually beneficial for both the organisation and its valued clients and partners all over the world.

About Tickmill

Tickmill is a Forex and CFD trading services provider, authorised and regulated by the FCA UK, the FSA SC and CySEC, offering first-class trading products with competitive conditions and ultra-fast execution.

For more information, please visit http://www.tickmill.com.

Trading CFDs can involve losses that exceed the initial investment.


Manchester City Launches Partnership With AvaTrade

AVA Trade

AvaTrade to become Official Online Trading Partner of Manchester City Leading online trading broker signs multi-year partnership covering China, Asia and Latin America

DUBLIN, Feb. 8, 2018 -- English Premier League football club Manchester City has announced a new multi-year regional partnership with AvaTrade to become the Club's Official Online Trading Partner throughout China, Asia and Latin America.

AvaTrade is a leading online trading broker, whose portfolio of traders span across the globe. The company is revolutionising the online trading industry by providing an innovative, user-oriented trading environment built on the most advanced platforms. AvaTrade will use this partnership to further engage its customers both online and at events, rewarding affiliates and customers with a range of exclusive Manchester City offers and promotions. Prizes will include Club merchandise and VIP trips to the Etihad Stadium to see the City first team in action.

Damian Willoughby, Senior Vice President of Partnerships at City Football Group, said: "We are delighted to announce this partnership with AvaTrade. AvaTrade and Manchester City are both committed to empowering the lives of our traders and fans, respectively, and giving them the best possible experience.
"Both organisations share a passion for being innovative and leading the way in our industries. We are looking forward to working with AvaTrade for this season and beyond."

Dáire Ferguson, AvaTrade CEO, commented: "A true leader constantly seeks new mountain tops to conquer. Our partnership with Manchester City sets a new bar in the global financial industry and furthers our ongoing commitment to investing in excellence. We are very excited as to what the future may bring as part of this fantastic collaboration between two leading brands at the top of their game."

With 16 offices around the world and headquarters in Dublin Ireland, AvaTrade operates under six globally regulated bodies across the EU, Japan, Australia, South Africa, BVI and Middle East. The broker's first and foremost commitment is to empower people to invest and trade with confidence, in an innovative and reliable environment; supported by best-in-class services and uncompromising integrity.

About Manchester City Football Club

Manchester City FC is an English Premier League club initially founded in 1880 as St Mark's West Gorton. It officially became Manchester City FC in 1894 and has since then gone onto win the European Cup Winners' Cup, four League Championship titles, including two Premier League titles (2012, 2014), and five FA Cups. Manchester City FC is one of eight teams comprising the City Football Group and counts New York City FC and Melbourne City FC among its sister clubs.

Under manager Pep Guardiola, one of the most highly decorated managers in world football, the Club plays its domestic and UEFA Champions League home fixtures at the Etihad Stadium, a spectacular 55,000 seat arena that City have called home since 2003. Today, the Stadium sits on the wider Etihad Campus, which also encompasses the City Football Academy, a state-of-the-art performance training and youth development facility located in the heart of East Manchester. Featuring a 7,000 capacity Academy Stadium, the City Football Academy is also where Manchester City Women's Football Club and the Elite Development Squad train on a daily basis and play their competitive home games.

For more information, please visit http://www.mancity.com.

About AvaTrade

AvaTrade, the leading forex and CFD broker, was founded in 2006 and offers more than 250 financial instruments including forex, stocks, commodities, indices, cryptocurrencies and vanilla options. AvaTrade customers enjoy access to multiple cutting-edge trading platforms, on-the-go trading with the innovative AvaTradeGO mobile app, dedicated account managers and a 24/5 live customer service in 14 languages. AvaTrade accommodates traders of all levels, and further ensures secure trading with advanced encryption and fully segregated accounts.

Find out more about AvaTrade at http://www.avatrade.com.


ATC Brokers introduces PAMM Plus technology to streamline operations for money managers in foreign exchange market

Software solution uniquely features ability to set participation levels, stop equity loss limits and allows to unsubscribe and subscribe instantly during market hours

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – London, UK – January 31, 2018 – Premier brokerage firm, ATC Brokers, introduced today the PAMM Plus technology, an innovative, all-in-one, multi-account manager software engineered to streamline operations for money managers. The software solution overcomes traditional MAM and PAMM limitations and allows money managers to execute trades, and manage multiple clients through one master account with multi-currency capabilities.

https://atcbrokers.co.uk/partnership/

“Our firm continues to implement innovative technology within the industry,” said Jack Manoukian, CoFounder of ATC Brokers. “We believe that the PAMM Plus addition to our product line reinforces our commitment to providing clients with software that enhances their trading experience.”

Built inside a powerful ECN engine, PAMM Plus allows account holders the unique ability to:

    adjust participation levels,
  • set stop equity loss limits,
  • subscribe or unsubscribe instantly during market hours without affecting other participants,
  • easily send one batch order to liquidity providers, and one price is allocated to all participants in real-time

PAMM Plus utilises smart logic for position allocation, detecting changes made to client funds upon order placement. The sophisticated back office portal provides money managers access to real time multi-layer payouts, monitoring, reporting, and tracking of account activity.

For details on ATC Brokers’ PAMM Plus technology visit www.atcbrokers.co.uk/partnership.

About ATC Brokers

ATC Brokers is a premier brokerage firm providing online trading solutions within the foreign exchange industry servicing retail clients to institutional relations. The firm's offerings eliminate conflict of interest to clients and provides for a neutral trading environment. ATC Brokers believes the foreign exchange market should be transparent and unbiased for all market participants. It is with that vision, the firm established a pure agency model to provide clients with services that are free of manipulation. For more on ATC Brokers, visit: www.atcbrokers.co.uk.

For media inquiries: lacy@statuslabs.com.


Tickmill Launches the Gold Miner Introducing Broker Contest

Tickmill contest

Global online Forex and CFD broker, Tickmill announced the launch of the Gold Miner IB Contest, an exciting competition that offers both new and existing Introducing Brokers the chance to win twenty 1 oz gold bars or one of more than $10,000 worth of prizes.

grow their network by introducing new active clients to Tickmill and earn points based on the trading volume generated by their introduced clients – the more their clients trade, the more points they earn.

The 1st place winner, that is the participant who will accumulate the highest amount of points will win twenty 1 oz gold bars and the rest of the winners will receive attractive cash prizes from a prize pool of over $10,000.

Tickmill Group CMO, Marilena Iakovou commented “We are excited to be launching an IB contest for yet another year to offer our Introducing Brokers the opportunity to achieve greater success in their business. The launch of the Gold Miner IB Contest is an integral part of our effort to building long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with our IBs.”

Commenting on the company’s Introducing Broker programme, Mrs Iakovou stated “Our IB programme is well received by Introducing Brokers from all over the world who rely on us for competitive competitions that they can use to attract more clients. We are working relentlessly to provide our IBs with a competitive package of rewards and perks that add value to their business.”

The contest will run from 24th January 2018 until 31st of May 2018. To learn more about the contest and the applicable Terms and Conditions, please click here.

Notes to Media

About Tickmill

Tickmill is a Forex and CFD trading services provider, authorised and regulated by the FCA UK and the FSA SC. Catering to the needs of both individual and institutional investors, Tickmill offers first-class trading products with competitive conditions and ultra-fast execution.

For more information, please visit: http://www.tickmill.com

Trading CFDs can involve losses that exceed the initial investment.


FXCC Announces the Winners of the New Year Lucky Draw

JFD Brokers

FX and CFD brokerage services provider, FXCC, started the year with a $1000 Giveaway, awarding 10 lucky traders.

The New Year Lucky Draw participation period started on 15th of December and completed with great success on the 15th of January.

We are pleased to announce that the New Year Lucky Draw took place on 16th of January at FXCC HQ.

All active accounts who met the criteria based on the terms and conditions, were entitled to participate in the computerized random draw.

To see the list with the 10 lucky Active Accounts who won $100 each, please click here.

Commenting on the New Year Lucky Draw, winners announcement, FXCC General Manager Saed Shalabi, stated “We launched the campaign, to celebrate a year full of operational progress, signaling the start of a new year full of objectives towards bringing the best service possible to our valued clients. Such rewards are our way to thank our clients in return for their loyalty”

We wish the lucky winners every success, to kick-start the year with profitable trades and to continue enjoying FXCC services and trading environment.

About FXCC

Founded in 2010, FXCC (FX Central Clearing Ltd) is one of the leading STP/ECN brokers, specialising in Foreign Exchange (Forex) and CFDs, delivering institutional level of service and cost-effective trading opportunities to retail clients who wish to trade across a wide range of products.

FX Central Clearing Ltd is regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC), under CIF Licence Number 121/10, is on the FSA(UK) Register (Reference Number 549790).


JFD BROKERS ACQUIRES MAJORITY STAKE IN ACON BANK

JFD Brokers

Leading global brokerage JFD has just announced its acquisition of 51% of established German bank ACON, with the potential to attain another 20% of its shares in the future. Founded in 2006, ACON, which offers investment banking, trading and advisory services, will now be controlled in majority by the renowned international multi-asset broker and portfolio manager. This move signifies a strategic long-term investment for JFD.

“JFD is at the forefront of the trading industry. Within only six years of JFD’s inception, we feel it is the right time to create such a synergy,” said Lars Gottwik, Founding Partner and CEO of JFD Brokers. “We are excited about this new venture and hope to strengthen the bank’s fields of asset management, capital markets and brokerage.”

With the deal pending regulatory approval over the next few months, more news is expected on this in the near future.


ABOUT JFD:

JFD stands for JUST FAIR & DIRECT! Founded in December 2011 by professional traders for sophisticated clients, JFD is already ranked among the top 20 largest online brokers worldwide (source: Finance Magnates QIR1 2016). With a solid presence in over 130 countries across 6 continents, JFD has made its name as a game-changing and award-winning internationally licensed global provider of 100% Post-Trade Transparent trading solutions. Operating as a pure Agency Model, JFD offers trader-centric DMA/STP Execution, keeping the best interests of the client always in mind.


Tickmill Launches the Revolutionary Win-Win Live Trading Contest

Tickmill Contest

Global FX and CFD brokerage services provider Tickmill announced the launch of the Revolutionary Win-Win Live Forex trading contest, giving away exciting loyalty rebates to all participants and real Bitcoin prizes every month. The company has rolled out this thrilling contest to reward its Clients for their continued loyalty and support that have set the company well on a growth trajectory this year.

The Revolutionary Win-Win Live trading contest offers participants the opportunity to put their trading expertise in action and get rewarded for their outstanding performance with a real Bitcoin, one of the fastest-growing assets in the world!

Every month, two trading champions, that is the trader with the highest monthly amount of profit and the trader with the highest monthly percentage of profit will each earn a Bitcoin. Also, eligible contestants who trade on a Pro or VIP account are entitled to 10% commission rebates for all closed positions and $1 per lot rebates on Bitcoin CFDs placed on the contest account.

Commenting on the launch of the new live trading contest, Tickmill Group CMO, Marilena Iakovou stated: “We launched this contest to celebrate an exceptional year of business excellence and growth which we largely owe to our valued Clients from all over the world. We truly believe that when our Clients excel, we grow stronger too. Our new live trading contest is our way of providing our Clients with an extra impetus to achieve optimum trading performance while offering them generous rewards in return for their loyalty. As a company that has positioned itself in the forefront of technological innovations, we have put a lot of thought to the prizes on offer to bring traders one step closer to what is deemed the future of finance”.

The Contest will run from 11th December 2017 until 9th March 2018. For more information on the Contest and the applicable Terms & Conditions please click here.

About Tickmill

Tickmill is a Forex and CFD trading services provider, authorised and regulated by the FCA UK and the FSA SC. Catering to the needs of both individual and institutional investors, Tickmill offers first-class trading products with competitive conditions and ultra-fast execution.

For more information, please visit: http://www.tickmill.com

Trading CFDs can involve losses that exceed the initial investment.


Amana Capital, Centroid Solutions, and 514 Capital Partners Plan to Unite Under One New Holding - ‘180 Capital’

London, Dec. 20, 2017 // -- Amana Capital, Centroid Solutions, and 514 Capital Partners have announced a transformational plan to unite all three entities under a new holding structure, named ‘180 Capital’. The opportunity to create a new force in financial technology, was the catalyst in the evolution from separate entities to a combination of entities.

180 Capital (180cap.com) will incorporate deep domain expertise in online brokerage, quantitative investment management, risk-management and regulatory technology solutions, and financial research, in one group. This progressive development comes in line with a collective vision to expand activities, broaden the customer base, and drive more growth through business synergies and the leveraging of resources and competencies.

The respective entities will seek the required legal and regulatory approvals.

Karim Farra, Co-founder of 180 Capital and Chairman of 514 Capital Partners said: “Our companies have been steadily building distinct capabilities for several years. Our entrepreneurial dynamism will allow us to build a larger, more meaningful organization for our stakeholders”

Ziad Aboujeb, Co-founder of 180 Capital and Chairman of Centroid Solutions said: “We are excited to bring independent champions under one umbrella, as it will further strengthen our overall capabilities and product offering. The consolidation will accelerate our momentum through a mandate of strategic collaboration, facilitated by shared values, including integrity, competitiveness, and passion.”

Ahmad Khatib, Executive Director of 180 Capital and Chief Executive Officer of Amana Capital said: “The grouping of the entities under one structure, will help realize our vision of building an international player that delivers technology-centered solutions to the financial industry. We look forward to exploring more strategic possibilities in the future”.

Amana Capital (amanacapital.com) is a specialist in online trading providing institutional and retail clients around the world direct access to the global financial markets. It manages Trade Captain (tradecaptain.com), a recognized global financial news and research portal. Amana Capital services clients in over 80 countries. Subsidiaries are regulated by the FCA, DFSA, CySEC, and BDL.

Centroid Solutions(centroidsol.com) is a technology provider that offers sophisticated risk-management solutions, automated regulatory reporting, and advanced connectivity to institutional clients; seeking improved risk visibility and stronger performance. Centroid Solutions services over 25 institutional clients.

514 Capital Partners (514capital.com) is an asset manager that applies a quantitative approach to investment management. The firm designs systematic trading strategies to identify and exploit trends in major global financial markets. It manages 514 Fund, a market-beating fund with a short-term bias. 514 Capital Partners is registered with CIMA.


Swissquote becomes the first bank to offer five cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ether, Litecoin, and Ripple

  • Most complete cryptocurrency trading offer by a bank
  • Allows investors to diversify their cryptocurrency portfolio
  • Regulated, simplified, transparent access to cryptocurrencies

Gland, Switzerland, 18 December, 2017 – Swissquote, the leading online bank in Switzerland, today launched trading of four cryptocurrencies in addition to Bitcoin: Ether, Litecoin, Ripple and Bitcoin Cash. Swissquote has been offering Bitcoin trading already since July 2017. With now five virtual currencies, it is the most complete cryptocurrency trading offer by a bank, providing simple and safe trading to all customers.

Customers may invest in Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ether, Litecoin, or Ripple against the Euro or the US dollar through their Swissquote trading account, just as they would with any other currency, except without access to leverage. Because there is no leverage, there is no risk of losing more than the invested amount.

The offered crypto-currencies were chosen according to both client demand and available liquidity. The minimum cryptocurrency transaction is 5 USD or EUR, and the maximum is 500,000 USD or EUR. Fees are a percentage of the transaction amount, ranging from 0.5% to 1% depending on the amount invested.

Ether (ETH) was developed by the Ethereum Foundation in Switzerland and relies on the Ethereum blockchain and platform, which are used across a broad range of industries to build smart contracts and decentralized applications.

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is a blockchain derived from the Bitcoin blockchain, following the split of Bitcoin (“hard fork”) in August 2017. Bitcoin Cash offers higher transaction capacities and a new governance model.

Litecoin (LTC) was created in October 2011 as a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency. While inspired by and technically nearly identical to Bitcoin, Litecoin has some minor differences: primarily a decreased block generation time (2.5 minutes rather than Bitcoin's 10 minutes), an increased maximum number of coins, a different hashing algorithm, and a slightly modified user interface.

Ripple (XRP), created in 2012, is the fourth largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization. It is both a payment network (RippleNet, competitor to systems like SWIFT) and a cryptocurrency.

Marc Bürki, CEO of Swissquote, said: “Our Bitcoin trading offer and certificate have been a big success and exceeded our expectations. We are expanding our offer to help investors diversify in cryptocurrencies, just like they do in traditional securities. Cryptocurrencies are increasingly popular, more quickly than anyone expected. By offering them on our platform, investing in cryptocurrencies becomes simpler, safer and accessible to all.”

For the trading offer please also see: https://www.swissquote.com/crypto


Swissquote – The Swiss Leader in Online Banking
As a leading provider of online financial services, Swissquote offers innovative solutions and analysis tools to meet the wide range of demands and needs of its clients. As well as various online trading services, the user-friendly platform also provides solutions for eForex, ePrivate Banking and eMortgage. In addition to a low-cost service for private clients, Swissquote also offers specialized services for independent asset managers and corporate clients. Swissquote Bank Ltd holds a banking license issued by its supervisory authority the Swiss Federal Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) and is a member of the Swiss Bankers Association. Its mother company, Swissquote Group Holding Ltd, is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (symbol: SQN).


For further information, please contact:

Nadja Keller

Swissquote Media Relations Manager

Tel. +41 44 825 88 01

nadja.keller@swissquote.ch

Axel Schafmeister (CH – D)

Shepard Fox Communications

axel.schafmeister@shepard-fox.com

Tel: +41 44 252 0708

Mobile: +41 78 714 8010


AETOS Capital Group announced to be the Principal Partner of Sydney FC’s AFC Champions League 2018 Campaign

On December 18th, AETOS Capital Group (AETOS) announced a new partnership with the Sydney Football Club (Sydney FC) to be their principal partner in 2018 AFC Champions League. Councillor Mike Thomas, Senior Vice President of AETOS Capital Group and Scott Barlow, Chairman of Sydney FC attended the partnership announcement conference. The event was held at the Allianz Stadium, the home ground of Sydney FC, had drawn attention from many media in Australia including Fox Sports, Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Telegraph, and a number of influential Chinese media such as Sina, NetEase and JinriToutiao.

AETOS Capital Group is a market-leading Australian Forex broker and CFD provider with the corporate headquarters in Sydney. Adhering to the core principles of “Fairness, Efficiency and Intelligence”, AETOS is committed to provide its clients from over 100 countries with an excellent service and trading environment. In recent years, AETOS continues its fast growth in the Asia Pacific markets, along with its focus and effort in a worldwide expansion. As a result, AETOS has greatly enhanced its brand awareness and influence worldwide.

AETOS Capital Group

AETOS Capital Group announced a new partnership to be the Principal Partner of Sydney FC 2018 AFC Champions League campaign. The media conference was held at the Allianz Stadium, the home ground of Sydney FC.

Sydney FC was established in 2004 as the inaugural Australian-League (A-League) club representing Australia’s biggest city. The club’s first taste of success came before the start of the A-League when it won the 2005 Australian Championship and went on to be crowned Champions of Oceania, gaining a place in the 2005 Club World Championships in Japan where it finished 5th. In the 2016-2017 A-League season Sydney FC clinched first place with four rounds to spare, and beat Melbourne Victory to become the A-League Champions. Sydney FC has now competed in three AFC Champions League competitions, and will again compete in the AFC Champions League in 2018.

AETOS takes its connection with football started in the 2017 AFC Champions League, and continues with pitch-side advertising in both English Premier League and the Australian-League (A-League) matches. Football matches have proven as the most exciting moments for hundreds of millions of passionate football fans around the world. AETOS, as a Forex broker and CFD provider, will see its brand awareness and image drastically enhanced through its involvement in and connection with football.

Both AETOS and Sydney FC are pleased with the partnership. Chairman of Sydney FC Scott Barlow said: “AETOS Capital Group is a leading Forex broker and CFD provider with ten years of excellence in the financial industry, and Sydney FC is the Champion of the A-League. With the way that both AETOS and the Sydney FC have grown and succeeded in Asia Pacific, there are parallels between our two organisations that make us proud to announce this partnership. We look forward to seeing the AETOS brand on the front of our 2018 AFC Champions League jersey.”


Scott Barlow added, “Participating in the AFC Champions League is an exciting experience for our players, staff and fans, and we are so delighted that we are going to share this journey with AETOS.”

Senior Vice President Councillor Mike Thomas from AETOS commented: "As a leading Forex broker and CFD provider worldwide, AETOS is so proud to become the principal partner of the Sydney FC in their 2018 AFC Champions League campaign. Sydney FC is an esteemed football club in Australia and A-League, highly welcomed by fans in the Asia Pacific. AETOS hopes its connection with football games, including the English Premier League, A-League and the 2018 AFC Champions League, will be a special mark in the financial industry. The partnership with Sydney FC will definitely help to further enhance the influence of both organisations in the Asia Pacific. We wish Sydney FC a great season in 2018 AFC Champions League.

The draw for the 2018 AFC Champions League had been held in Kuala Lumpur on December 6, 2017. Sydney FC will begin their campaign in the East Zone’s Group H where they have the Shanghai Shenhua FC from China, the Kashima Antlers from Japan and the Play-off 1 from East.

AETOS Capital Group and Sydney FC

AETOS Capital Group and Sydney FC jointly presented the home and away kit of the Club in 2018 AFC Champions League.

About AETOS Capital Group

AETOS Capital Group (AETOS) is a market-leading Australian Forex broker and CFD provider with its corporate headquarters in Sydney, Australia. AETOS is licensed and regulated by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, ASIC (AFSL: 313016) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), UK (FCA No.: 592778).

AETOS is committed to providing retail and corporate clients with diversified financial derivatives products such as CFDs in Forex, metals, energy and stock indices.

Currently, AETOS has a global presence with offices around the world, including in the economic powerhouses of London, UK and Hangzhou, China. AETOS is trusted and respected in these key financial cities, providing clients from over 100 countries with an excellent service and trading environment.

Adhering to the principles of “Fairness, Efficiency and Intelligence”, AETOS aims to provide a world-class trading platform for investors powered by ever-advancing technology and reliable customer service.

Website: https://www.aetoscg.com.au


About Sydney Football Club

Sydney Football Club (Sydney FC) was established in 2004 as the inaugural Australian-League (A-League) club representing Australia’s biggest city. Its home ground is Allianz Stadium, a 45,500 seat multi-use venue in the suburb of Moore Park.

Sydney FC is the most successful club in the history of the competition, having won thirteen trophies across the A-League, the W-League and National Youth League.

The club’s first taste of success came before the start of the A-League when it won the 2005 Australian Championship and went on to be crowned Champions of Oceania, gaining a place in the 2005 Club World Championships in Japan where it finished 5th.

Having succeeded in Oceania and at the Club World Championships in 2005, Sydney FC has now competed in three AFC Champions League competitions after Australia moved from the Oceania Confederation to Asia, and will again compete in the AFC Champions League in 2018.

Website: https://www.sydneyfc.com


Dukascopy Swiss Private Bank for Everybody New business model: online bank-messenger

We are proud to announce that Dukascopy Bank SA has extended its long term technological leadership in financial brokerage by entering the new domain of core banking business – retail banking. The cornerstone of our new business model is a combination of online video identification and banking infrastructure built around a modern messenger and social network.

We are ready to convert our experience and technological know-how accumulated in online trading for further development of banking services. However, unlike traditional brick and mortar banking, it will be done in a different way: faster, cheaper, more modern and beneficial. Dukascopy has achieved the technological point, at which it is beneficial to provide services to regular office employees earning hundreds or thousands of Euro/Dollars/Francs per month. We firmly believe that this shall allow us to become the first private/investment bank in Switzerland for the international retail customers.

Dukascopy has become the first Swiss bank to open all accounts available for the clients worldwide by means of remote video identification. The whole procedure takes around 20 minutes. There is no need any more to visit the bank’s premises. The process includes three simple steps: filling in the online application form, installing mobile app Dukascopy Connect from Google Play Market or Apple App Store, and initiating a video call with Dukascopy. It should be noted that this technology has been tested during the last two years in Dukascopy Bank’s European subsidiary Dukascopy Payments.

Dukascopy Connect is a free in-house developed mobile application that combines the functions of messenger and internet bank. On the messaging side, it enables a wide variety of tools, such as audio and video calls, sending text, audio or video messages through individual, group and public chats, access to bank’s 24/7 client support. All communication is automatically encypted, but the user can add an additional encryption layer. On the financial side, the application provides access to the full functionality of the bank account and allows instant money transfers to any of the phonebook contacts. All clients’ financial data are protected with two-factor authentication.

What makes the account in Dukascopy Bank SA different is transparent and simple fee structure. Account opening and money transfers between accounts is free of charge, and there is no minimum deposit requirement. The bank only earns flat standard rates of 1% on currency exchange and withdrawal of funds by multiple methods. These conditions equally apply to Swiss and foreign residents. The rates are very beneficial for small retail clients.

Dukascopy Bank SA business model has several unique and attractive features:

  • Dukascopy reserves an account for each individual in the world because the identifier of the account is known in advance – this is client’s mobile phone number.
  • The payment can be sent to any person globally using only mobile phone number as a payment instruction. The bank will inform the payee immediately even if the person does not yet have an account with Dukascopy. It will take about one hour to open an account and start using money.
  • Clients can open accounts, convert, receive and send money in 23 main global currencies.
  • The bank offers NFC-enabled and Apple Pay compatible Dukascopy Visa payment cards in four currencies that can be linked to IBAN accounts to enable free online and offline purchases. Virtual cards are issued immediately. It means that a client can start spending right after account opening.
  • Based on the long term financial markets expertise of Dukascopy Group, the bank provides a truly exclusive instrument that bears the features of both investment and payment vehicle. These are accounts in commodities, such as Gold, Oil, Natural Gas, Stock Indexes. Customers can not only keep their money in these instruments but also send them to other people free of charge.
  • Clients can link their other bank’s payment card to Dukascopy account, and use it for instant top-ups and withdrawals.

Dukascopy Bank has ongoing projects to further develop its service in multiple directions. Most important developments are pursued in the following areas:

  • Biometric authentication,
  • More commodity balance currencies, including exposure to the main cryptocurrencies,
  • Robo-advising wealth management service,
  • Instant money transfers to other banks within Switzerland and EU.

Swissquote launches first actively managed Bitcoin Certificate traded on SIX Swiss Exchange

  • First-of-its-kind Bitcoin certificate reduces cryptocurrency’s risks
  • Machine learning algorithm predicts direction of Bitcoin price and manages portfolio accordingly
  • Certificate’s portfolio holds minimum of 60% in Bitcoin, allocating the rest to US Dollar, depending on expected price movements

Gland, Switzerland, 23 November 2017 – Swissquote, the leading online bank in Switzerland, today launched the first actively managed Bitcoin certificate. It allows mainstream investors to participate in the cryptocurrency’s boom through a traditional financial vehicle publicly traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange. By buying Bitcoins certificates at a regulated exchange, investors are less exposed to the risks associated with trading and holding actual Bitcoins themselves, but are still benefitting from potential profits.

Already this summer Swissquote became the first European online bank to offer Bitcoin investing on its trading platform.

The certificate’s volatility, and thereby the risk of downturns, is reduced by a machine learning algorithm developed by Swissquote’s Quantitative Asset Management team. The algorithm predicts the short-term direction of future returns by interpreting a variety of technical signals as well as the market sentiment expressed on social media.

The algorithm then manages the certificate automatically. Between 60% and 100% of the certificate’s portfolio is allocated to Bitcoin, depending on the predicted future direction of the cryptocurrency’s price. With the likelihood of a downturn rising, the cash position is increased to up to 40%, thereby reducing volatility. If prices are expected to rise, up to 100% of the certificate is invested in Bitcoin.

“Even though we believe that Bitcoin represents the future, the volatility can be very high and considered too much of a risk by the average investor. This is why our strategy focuses on reducing volatility by increasing the amount of cash in periods of uncertainties and downturns”, said Peter Rosenstreich, Head of Market Strategy at Swissquote.

“With the certificate, the average investor gets a regulated and transparent gateway to Bitcoin, without needing a special Bitcoin wallet, managing public and private keys or having to fear theft or hacks. We expect that investors will be willing to accept slightly lower returns in exchange for better protection against downside risks."

The Swissquote certificate on Bitcoin is denominated in US Dollar. Minimum investment is 1’000  US Dollars, which is also in the initial price of the certificate. Management fees are 1.5% per year plus transaction costs. There is no minimum holding period.

Link to dedicated website: https://www.swissquote.com/bitcoin-certificate


Swissquote – The Swiss Leader in Online Banking

As a leading provider of online financial services, Swissquote offers innovative solutions and analysis tools to meet the wide range of demands and needs of its clients. As well as various online trading services, the user-friendly platform also provides solutions for eForex, ePrivate Banking and eMortgage. In addition to a low-cost service for private clients, Swissquote also offers specialized services for independent asset managers and corporate clients. Swissquote Bank Ltd holds a banking license issued by its supervisory authority the Swiss Federal Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) and is a member of the Swiss Bankers Association. Its mother company, Swissquote Group Holding Ltd, is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (symbol: SQN).


For further information, please contact:

Nadja Keller

Swissquote Media Relations Manager

Tel. +41 44 825 88 01

nadja.keller@swissquote.ch

Ophélie Lasnier


Shepard Fox Communications

Tel: + 41 44 252 0710

Mobile: +41 78 632 59 67

ophelie.lasnier@shepard-fox.com



JFD BROKERS ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF REAL STOCKS

JFD Brokers

Lars Gottwik

Leading global brokerage JFD Brokers has announced the launch of a new trading product, offering clients the opportunity to trade physical shares from its platform MT5+. JFD is already a renowned international FX and CFD broker; with this launch, the company will become a true multi-asset broker, remaining one step ahead of its competition within the MetaTrader realm.

Lars Gottwik, Founding Partner and CEO of JFD Brokers, commented: “JFD has always been an innovator in the MetaTrader space, beginning with our unique MT4+. Over the years, we had the most powerful MT4 globally in terms of symbols and asset classes, and we have always considered ourselves, since inception, to be a classic broker, an intermediary, therefore it was a logical step to empower our clients to trade all sort of asset classes. We now aim to lead with MT5 - as we did before with MT4 - by becoming a real multi-asset broker within the MetaTrader universe… once again offering our traders something more.”

JFD’s first step is to launch US stocks (SP500), available on MT5+ only, which will be followed soon afterwards by German stocks. Combined with JFD’s other client-centric trading conditions such as post-trade transparency, DMA/STP, interbank core-spreads and price improvements, traders will now be able to experience superior flexibility combined with ultimate simplicity. This is because JFD offers multi-asset class trading (i.e. you can trade CFDs, FX and real stocks) all from one single account – something which further differentiates this broker from the rest.


ABOUT JFD:

JFD stands for JUST FAIR & DIRECT! Founded in December 2011 by professional traders for sophisticated clients, JFD is already ranked among the top 20 largest online brokers worldwide (source: Finance Magnates QIR1 2016). With a solid presence in over 100 countries across 5 continents, JFD has made its name as a game-changing and award-winning internationally licensed global provider of 100% Post-Trade Transparent trading solutions. Operating as a pure Agency Model, JFD offers trader-centric DMA/STP Execution, keeping the best interests of the client always in mind.

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT:

Nathalie Kyrou

Email: n.kyrou@jfdbrokers.com

Skype: jfd.nathalie.kyrou

Tel: +357 25 878530 x122


JFD BROKERS EXPANDS GLOBALLY, OPENING NEW OFFICE IN PRAGUE

JFD Brokers

7th November 2017, Limassol, Cyprus

Lars Gottwik

JFD, one of the fastest-growing FX and CFD brokerages worldwide, has taken another step in reaching out to international audiences across the globe by launching a new office in Prague, Czech Republic, where it welcomes new clients from the region, as well as from Slovakia.

Mohamed Hassan, JFD’s Chief Business Development Officer, who has been leading the company’s international growth, said: “The opening of our Prague office is just one step among many that we will take to expand into new regions and markets as we reach out to more clients. Our goal is not only to attract new retail clients and partners around the world, but also to be closer to them. This is the incentive behind opening new offices globally; this way we can meet our international clients personally, understand them and their needs better, and form more solid, successful business relationships.” Hassan will be visiting the Prague office later this month and welcomes existing and potential clients to contact JFD to arrange meetings in person.

With offices already in Cyprus and Bulgaria, and more planned, this latest office launch proves that JFD Brokers, which has a reputation for being a game-changer in the industry, is on the path to further growth and success. Following the brokerage’s recent launch of the new Italian version of its website, with more languages in the pipeline, JFD is also engaged in the rise of new technologies such as blockchain and cryptocurrencies, having also launched bitcoins as CFDs for trading in recent months.


ABOUT JFD:

JFD stands for JUST FAIR & DIRECT! Founded in December 2011 by professional traders for sophisticated clients, JFD is already ranked among the top 20 largest online brokers worldwide (source: Finance Magnates QIR1 2016). With a solid presence in over 120 countries across 6 continents, JFD has made its name as a game-changing and award-winning internationally licensed global provider of 100% Post-Trade Transparent trading solutions. Operating as a pure Agency Model, JFD offers trader-centric DMA/STP execution, keeping the best interests of the client always in mind.


FOR MORE INFO CONTACT:

Nathalie Kyrou

Email: n.kyrou@jfdbrokers.com

Skype: jfd.nathalie.kyrou

Tel: +357 25 878530 x122


Trading Bitcoin with leverage - a beginner's guide

Cryptocurrencies are now the most volatile and talked-about instruments on the market. And as you know, leverage allows you to earn more with the same investment. Right now, four of the most volatile instruments are Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Ripple. We decided to find out how cryptocurrencies are presented in margin trading.

After studying the trading conditions of several brokers, we chose to have a closer look at OctaFX since this broker provides the most convenient trading conditions:

  • Trading crypto is available on the MT4 and MT5 platforms
  • Up to 1:10 leverage for cryptocurrency
  • The lowest spreads comparing to other brokers
  • Accurate trading signals system from Autochartist (free for OctaFX traders)

Bitcoin - the digital gold

Bitcoin is the first digital currency, created back in 2009. The main difference from traditional currencies (EUR, USD, JPY, etc) is that transactions are decentralised, highly secure, and what’s more, completely private. Bitcoin is one of the most volatile, discussed and popular instruments among cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin trading mainly happens on news, for example a bullish trend before Bitcoin forks (this is the separation of Bitcoin when cryptocurrency owners get part of a new crypto). A bearish trend is usually seen after news regarding the ban of Bitcoin in some countries (China, for example). Bitcoin can be easily predicted using technical analysis figures, making your trading more profitable. Bitcoin is the most profitable instrument for trading in USD.

Right now the leverage for Bitcoin at OctaFX is set to 1:5, which is more than enough considering the high volatility of that instrument. Apart from that, you also can trade Bitcoin in microlots (0.01) which allows to plan your trading budget effectively. OctaFX sets the amount of 1 lot to 1 Bitcoin, which is comparatively low and requires less investment.

Ethereum - invest in the future

Ethereum is the second most interesting instrument to trade in USD. Nowadays there are more and more ways to buy Ethereum for fiat without exchanging it into Bitcoins. That means that the price of Ethereum is now less dependent from the Bitcoin price compared to other cryptocurrencies. It can be considered an independent instrument.

Etherium is a digital currency created in 2015. It is a system to support smart contract technologies to invest in the ICOs of new start-up companies. The more start-ups are interested in Ethereum - the more expensive it becomes.

To analyse the price of the Ethereum it’s wise to research how many ICO contracts are about to be issued in exchange for Ethereum. Compare results with existing data - the more contracts, the higher the price. It’s also good to pay attention to news about other cryptocurrencies supporting ICOs and competing with Ethereum. The most important competitors are Waves and Bitshares. Technical analysis figures work well with Ethereum too.

Combining that information with the leverage at 1:10 which OctaFX currently provides traders, Ethereum can sometimes lead to more profit than with Bitcoin.

Litecoin - crypto silver

Litecoin was first issued in 2011 and is quite similar to Bitcoin. If Bitcoin can be defined as the ‘gold’ of today’s cryptocurrencies, this makes Litecoin the ‘silver’.

Litecoin provides secure and fast transactions inside the blockchain, with the ability to purchase goods on the internet. The main difference from Bitcoin (and the central benefit of Litecoin) is the capability of processing much higher volumes in one transaction. While Bitcoin can only have up to 21 million coins, Litecoin offers four times as many - 84 million.

The Litecoin price now greatly depends on Bitcoin. That makes it possible to use the Pairs trading strategy with Bitcoin as a main currency to successfully forecast Litecoin changes. The leverage provided by OctaFX for Litecoin is 1:5, and 1 lot equals 100 Litecoin.

Ripple - transfer it all

Ripple is not just another cryptocurrency - it’s also the name of a system capable of processing a wide range of transactions. Ripple has the same goal as Bitcoin - to grant users all over the world access to quick and secure transactions. However what differentiates Ripple from other cryptocurrencies is that it allows users to transfer not just one currency - Ripple - but any other currency as well, including both cryptocurrencies and traditional ones such as USD, EUR and others.

Since Ripple is basically a banking product, the more interest about Bitcoin, the less Ripple costs. Watch out for news about Ripple acceptance by different companies and support of that cryptocurrency by major banks.

The leverage at OctaFX is 1:5 and 1 lot equals 10,000 Ripple.

There’s currently a lot of talk around cryptocurrencies - some predict a fast rise and a dramatic fall, while others are confident that they are the currency of the future.

Sounds interesting? You can keep reading the hottest news and best articles on cryptocurrency, but you’ll get much closer to understanding how it works by cryptocurrency trading. So what are you waiting for? Start trading cryptocurrencies right now!


Gala reception held in Mauritius to mark Alpari’s 4th anniversary in the region attended by top government representatives

Alpari

To mark the 4th anniversary of Alpari’s presence in Mauritius, a gala reception was held on the 27th of October, 2017, in Eben, the country’s business capital. The gala, organised by the company, was attended by some of Mauritius’ top government representatives, including the Prime Minister, the finance minister, interior minister, and other officials. Guests were welcomed with an opening speech by the owner of the international Alpari brand, Andrey Dashin, who emphasised the key role played by Mauritius in the company’s development.

“Mauritius, with its flexible and progressive legislation, offers favourable conditions for conducting business. The transparency of government regulators and their business approach create a positive business climate for Alpari and other international companies and lay the foundation for long-term cooperation. Alpari plans to continue its successful development on global markets and to further contribute to establishing Mauritius as an international financial centre.” – noted Andrey Dashin.

Pravind Jugnauth, the Prime Minister of Mauritius, was keen to stress that the presence of such major players on the international market as Alpari is evidence of a high level of confidence in Mauritius. The government is constantly working to improve the country’s business climate and regulatory framework, particularly in the financial sector, which undoubtedly attracts foreign business to the country. Jugnauth further expressed hope that his government’s working relationship with Alpari would continue to develop. Today, Mauritius has the potential to become a recognised financial centre.


Tickmill Receives ‘Best Forex Trading Conditions’ Award

Tickmill award

Tickmill, a global provider of Forex and CFD brokerage services, received “Best Forex Trading Conditions” prize at this year’s UK Forex Awards . Forex traders and private investors from all over the world chose Tickmill – among a list of high-profile forex brokers - for consistently providing competitive pricing and the fairest trading conditions.

The awards recognise the best performing companies that achieve excellence in their field and are championing cutting-edge technology, low-cost trading, comprehensive market research tools, advanced educational programmes and world-class customer service.

This award reaffirms the company’s strong commitment to offering both retail and institutional Clients the right conditions to excel, including but not limited to:

  • Spreads from 0.0 pips
  • Average execution speed 0.1 seconds
  • Minimum deposit from as low as $25
  • No commission fees on Classic and Pro accounts
  • Swap-free option on all trading accounts*
  • No commissions on Stock Indices and Bonds
  • No requotes, delays or interventions
  • All trading strategies allowed

*available to eligible clients.

Commenting on the distinction, Tickmill Group CEO, Mr. Duncan Anderson, stated: “As a company that was built by traders for traders, we recognise that investors’ demands are sophisticated nowadays and the need for a flexible trading environment is more essential than ever for their success. Therefore, we have heavily invested in delivering trading conditions that not only surpass our Clients’ expectations, but also suit their investment objectives, trading style and risk tolerance”.

The awards ceremony took place in London and was organised by Shares Magazine, a distinguished online financial resource.

Tickmill celebrates another milestone in its strategy to achieve business excellence, only a few months after receiving the prestigious recognition as ‘Most Trusted Broker in Europe’ by the renowned UK-based Global Brands Magazine.

About Tickmill

Tickmill is a Forex and CFD trading services provider, authorised and regulated by the FCA UK and the FSA SC. Catering to the needs of both individual and institutional investors, Tickmill offers first-class trading products with competitive conditions and ultra-fast execution.

For more information, please visit http://www.tickmill.com.

Tickmill is a Forex and CFD trading services provider, authorised and regulated by the FCA UK and the FSA SC. Catering to the needs of both individual and institutional investors, Tickmill offers first-class trading products with competitive conditions and ultra-fast execution.


Tickmill Introduces Bitcoin Trading

Tickmill, the global provider of FX and CFD brokerage services, announced the addition of Bitcoin to its ever-growing suite of trading products. Following the recent introduction of Bond trading, Tickmill is now offering its Clients the opportunity to trade Bitcoin, one of the world’s best-performing currencies on its advanced trading platform.

Bitcoin trading offers traders the ability to tap into a fast-growing global market. Unlike traditional currencies, Bitcoin is a digital currency that is completely decentralised, meaning no central bank or organisation controls it. Traders from all over the world regard Bitcoin trading as an attractive area of investment with high yield potential due the currency’s high levels of volatility. Recently, Bitcoin’s price has climbed to record highs, exceeding nearly three times the price of gold.

Tickmill’s Group CEO, Mr. Duncan Anderson, commented, “Bitcoin has long been recognised as a robust trading instrument which is highly regarded among investors on a global level. Driven by our ongoing efforts to provide products and services that are responsive to the ever-changing customer needs and market trends, we launched Bitcoin trading to allow our Clients to make the most of this popular instrument, while taking advantage of our deep market liquidity and reliable execution. Our aim is and will always be to add extra value to our Clients’ investments with some of the industry’s latest and most sophisticated solutions. With this in mind, we are planning to introduce more cryptocurrencies in the near future to empower traders to build a well-diversified investment portfolio.

Tickmill Clients can trade BTC/USD with competitive spreads and 0 commissions. For more information about Bitcoin trading, click here

About Tickmill

Tickmill is a Forex and CFD trading services provider, authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority and in the Seychelles by the Financial Services Authority. Catering to the needs of both individual and institutional investors, Tickmill offers first-class trading products with some of the lowest spreads and commissions in the industry, as well as ultra-fast execution speed.

Please visit http://www.tickmill.com or contact marketing@tickmill.com.

Trading CFDs can involve losses that exceed the initial investment.


Earn five times the profit from cryptocurrencies with leverage from OctaFX

We’re very excited to announce that OctaFX is now offering cryptocurrencies. New instruments including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Ripple are now available on our MT4 and MT5 platforms, with 1:5 leverage.

Some of the benefits of cryptocurrencies:

  • High volatility
    At present BTCUSD, ETHUSD, LTCUSD and XPRUSD are some of the most volatile instruments in the world. The weekly volatility of Bitcoin can be up to 35,000pts.
  • Considerable leverage
    OctaFX provides a leverage of 1:5, which means our traders can earn five times more than by trading on cryptocurrency exchanges. Combined with the outstanding volatility of cryptocurrencies, that level of leverage creates tempting opportunities. Traders who had a chance to try out cryptocurrencies in our beta version earnt over $380,000 in total during the last month.
  • Strong trend
    In just a single month, the price of Bitcoin has increased from $3000 to $4600. Total market capitalization of these cryptocurrencies has reached a record high - over 120 billion US dollars. And analysts predict that cryptocurrencies will continue to trend strongly upwards in the future.
  • Convenient payment system
    Traders can simply and easily withdraw profit in their preferred currency without having to exchange crypto to fiat and transfer it all over the web.

Join the worldwide community of crypto-traders with your favourite broker - OctaFX!


FXCC wins ‘Best Forex Trading Account’ award at the UK Forex Awards.

FXCC

The UK Forex Awards prestigious ceremony was held in London on September 27th, at the imposing Medieval Crypt in Holborn and FXCC was honored to be announced the winner of the award “Best Forex Trading Account” of 2017. The award win, which was independently voted for by traders themselves, is testament to FXCC’s ongoing efforts to develop and invest in its retail offerings to the benefit of its clients.

The annual awards celebrate the best performing companies who operate in the UK forex markets. Both traders and the private investment community, had the opportunity to cast their votes for those companies who have consistently performed to the best of their abilities, marking the UK Forex Awards as a unique, independent event.

In the organiser’s words; “The awards reward those companies championing cutting-edge technology, low-cost trading, comprehensive market research tools, advanced educational programmes and world-class customer service.”

Saed Shalabi, General Manager of FXCC, commented:
“We're delighted to receive this prestigious award, in recognition of the efforts we've made to establish FXCC as one of the recognized, premier forex trading firms available to UK based traders. Since day one we have been striving to ensure we have the most customer centric proposition in the industry, committed to delivering the competitive pricing, via the fairest and most transparent order process, in the retail forex trading market. Our main concern is our clients to succeed and specifically with the ECN XL account, we managed to exceed our clients’ expectations, by providing a mixture of VIP level of service and low cost trading.”

“The fact that the transparent, independent voting process, which the UK Forex Awards have pioneered, ensures that it's forex traders and active private investment community, who ultimately decide the destination of the awards, attaches extra significance to the awards. We remain committed to delivering the very best in terms of customer services as well as looking into our next steps and what we can do to further expand our offering to clients.”

FXCC is exclusively offering the ECN XL account, also known as the Zero Account, allowing traders to maximise their trading potentials with minimum cost, enjoying zero mark up, zero fees on deposits, zero commissions, zero swap and spreads starting from as low as zero. The ECN XL account, the most popular trading account and our clients first choice, requires only a modest commitment to open and we genuinely believe it currently offers the best value available in the market place. Click here to learn more


About FXCC

Founded in 2010, FXCC (FX Central Clearing Ltd) is one of the leading STP/ECN brokers, specialising in Foreign Exchange (Forex) and CFDs, delivering institutional level of service and cost-effective trading opportunities to retail clients who wish to trade across a wide range of products.

FX Central Clearing Ltd is regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC), under CIF Licence Number 121/10, is on the FSA(UK) Register (Reference Number 549790).

RISK WARNING: Trading in Forex and Contracts for Difference (CFDs), which are leveraged products, is highly speculative and involves substantial risk of loss. It is possible to lose all the initial capital invested. Therefore, Forex and CFDs may not be suitable for all investors. Only invest with money you can afford to lose. So please ensure that you fully understand the risks involved. Seek independent advice if necessary.


AETOS WINS UK BEST FOREX INTRODUCING BROKER PROGRAMME AWARD

London, UK – AETOS Capital Group has won the “Best Forex Introducing Broker Programme” award at the prestigious UK Forex Awards 2017.

The event, held in Holborn, London, rewards UK Forex companies that champion cutting-edge technology, low-cost trading, comprehensive market research tools, advanced educational programmes and world-class customer service. AETOS was recognised for its exceptional Introducing Broker programme that was nominated as the best in its class.

Aetos

AETOS Capital Group is awarded the Best Forex Introducing Broker Programme Award at the prestigious UK Forex Awards 2017, in London.

Behind AETOS’s success has been heavy investment in its Introducing Broker programme, which has a flexible and attractive commission scheme along with real-time settlements. This has gained attention that has sparked an influx of new business.

The company has gone to great lengths to support their Introducing Broker network by launching a new website to enrich user experience as well as invest in speed. New servers were switched on in London’s Equinix LD4 data centre to give customers a lightning fast and secure website experience.

However, the greatest driver behind AETOS’s Introducing Broker Programme success has been the launch of the new “Biz Centre.” This is an innovative CRM system that has attracted increasing interest from advisors in the industry and was recognised by the awards committee.

The “Biz Centre” provides Introducing Brokers with a wealth of information and tools to manage their business. Client details, trading information, commission statements, referral URLs and more are all available in the new in-house developed CRM system.

Besides, AETOS is also the only one in the industry, who introduce different marketing promotion programme from time to time, to help its Introducing Brokers win over clients. This year, in epically, to highlight the Group’s 10 years’ success in business, a selection of marketing promotion programmes have been introduced, and well received by Introducing Brokers and their clients.

On accepting the award, Global Marketing Manager of AETOS(UK), Shunyu Li said: “AETOS has invested heavily in its Introducing Broker Programme. To win best in its class at the UK Forex awards shows that it is paying off with industry-wide recognition.”

AETOS Capital Group Pty Ltd is a renowned Australian online trader in Forex and CFDs, providing fast access to the financial markets. This includes dealing on Forex, stocks, indices and commodities. AETOS Capital Group (UK) Ltd. is licensed and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).


Tickmill Group Grows Stronger by Acquiring Vipro Markets

Tickmill Group looks to new horizons by acquiring Vipro Markets, a milestone in its strategy to raise the bar higher and thrive in the ever-demanding forex market.

Tickmill Group, which consists of a UK FCA and a Seychelles FSA regulated entities, announced that it has completed the acquisition of a majority stake in Vipro Markets Limited, a CySEC-regulated investment firm.

Founded in 2015, Vipro Markets, is a client-centric brokerage firm that has distinguished itself among European FX and CFD brokers by providing top-notch trading services with low average spreads and commissions and ultra-fast execution. In 2016, the company experienced significant market expansion and growth in all financial metrics.

The acquisition strengthens Tickmill’s ability to bring its high-quality brokerage services much faster to some of the largest European markets where Vipro Markets has already a meaningful market share and possesses experienced staff which can serve the clients in many local languages. As part of the acquisition, Tickmill injected $2.20 million into the share capital of Vipro Markets, giving the company a strong capital base to facilitate its future growth.

With Tickmill having recently posted record audited financial results for 2016 with audited net profit amounting to $6.27 million and trading volume at $473 billion, its strong capital base and global reach will enable Vipro Markets to grow its business much faster under the Tickmill brand and also expand its product offering to existing clients.

Tickmill Group’s CEO, Mr. Duncan Anderson, commented: “This is an exciting new chapter for Tickmill and one that will open up many opportunities to create extra value for clients of both of the companies. Tickmill has become a globally recognised broker among smart algorithmic traders and I am confident that the existing clients of Vipro Markets will very much appreciate being part of a bigger and stronger Tickmill Group which will deliver new products and services at a much faster pace under our regulated entities in the United Kingdom, Cyprus and Seychelles.”

Vipro Markets’ CEO, Mr. Valerijus Ovsianikas, commented: "We are extremely excited about becoming part of the Tickmill Group. We have had a positive cooperation with Tickmill before and combining the deep expertise and skillset of both firms is a very logical and mutually beneficial step forward. Tickmill’s clients-first approach coupled with its outstanding reputation within the algorithmic trading community aligns perfectly with what we do, who we are and what we have always sought to deliver to our clients."

While both companies are working closely to ensure smooth integration on their operations, Tickmill and Vipro Markets clients’ trading businesses will operate as usual, that is, their trading experience will remain unaffected during the integration process. In line with their commitment to openness and transparency, the management of both companies will provide clients with timely and comprehensive information once further actions are taken.

Tickmill’s acquisition of Vipro Markets paves the way for an even stronger Tickmill Group, able to raise the bar higher and thrive in the ever-demanding forex market.


About Tickmill

Tickmill is a Forex and CFD trading services provider, authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority and in the Seychelles by the Financial Services Authority. Catering to the needs of both individual and institutional investors, Tickmill offers first-class trading products with some of the lowest spreads and commissions in the industry, as well as ultra-fast execution speed.

Please visit http://www.tickmill.com or contact marketing@tickmill.com.

About Vipro Markets

Vipro Markets is a forex broker offering retail and institutional Clients trading services with prime focus on Forex, Stock Indices, commodities, CFDs and precious metals. Vipro Markets is authorised and regulated by CySEC. For more information, please visit www.vipromarkets.com.

Trading CFDs can involve losses that exceed the initial investment.


AETOS CONTINUES TO STOKE ITS PREMIER LEAGUE ADVERTISING!

AETOS Capital Group is continuing its association with English Premier League football through pitchside advertising at high profile matches. Perimeter boards will see the company increase awareness of its brand through their clients’ favourite sport.

AETOS made a successful debut to its EPL advertising campaign during the live televised Stoke City vs Arsenal match. The company featured throughout the match of exciting action on the full 250 metres of perimeter boards that encase the pitch. Live Premier League matches and highlights reach a global audience of 3.34 billion, therefore gaining excellent exposure for the brand.

AETOS

This weekend sees AETOS stoking its activity around Premier League football once more. The company will again feature on the pitchside advertising boards as Stoke City this time take on Manchester United in the live Saturday evening match.

The Red Devils are one of the world’s most iconic teams, topping both the Forbes Rich List and the Deloitte Money League. They also have a massive global appeal being one of the most supported sides worldwide with a huge social media following.

Viewers will once again be tuning in to see Jose Mourinho unleash his newly assembled expensive array of attacking talent. However, he may not have it all his own way. Stoke have only lost once to Manchester United in their last five Premier League clashes at home. Sir Alex Ferguson was the last Red Devils manager to leave with the three points in 2013, a run Jose Mourinho will want to break. AETOS will be pitchside featuring around the full 250 meters of digital advertising boards that encase the action.

Aligning with football has been a successful strategy for AETOS as it continues its commitment to worldwide expansion through associating with the global game. The company was the proud shirt sponsor of West Sydney Wanderers during their 2017 AFC Champions League quest. The initiative to advertise pitchside at English Premier League matches will tap in to an even bigger audience.


AETOS Capital Group (UK) Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), United Kingdom.

Level 6, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, United Kingdom, E14 5AA  

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7038 8616, 20 7038 8617 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7038 8100

www.aetoscg.com/uk


MOHAMED HASSAN BECOMES CBDO OF JFD BROKERS AS IT EXPANDS INTO NEW TERRITORIES

11th September 2017, Limassol, Cyprus

Lars Gottwik

JFD, one of the world’s fastest growing FX and CFD brokerages, has promoted Mohamed Hassan to Chief Business Development Officer, in charge of expanding markets, as the company reaches out to international audiences across the globe. As he joins the Executive board, Hassan’s focus will be to lead the international growth of JFD into several regions including additional territories in the EU, as well as Africa and Asia. By attracting new retail clients and IBs around the world, and focusing on new operations, JFD also plans to expand its asset and wealth management services for HNWI (High Net Worth Individuals).

A Certified Financial Technician with a background in economics and finance, Mohamed Hassan was Head of Research in the industry for several years in addition to appearing on popular economic television shows in the Middle East. As well as finance, Hassan also studied programming which increased his interest and experience in fintech, financial development and machine-learning algorithms and techniques.

Hassan, who worked as Head of Portfolio Management at JFD Brokers before becoming CBDO, will now lead his new Business Development Team to deliver JFD’s finest solutions to new regions and markets. “Business Development is not simple – it is challenging, as opening a new market can be a risky business decision so a great deal of thought and analysis must be put into the approach” he explains. “JFD’s offering is unique and involves a lot of opportunities for partners, traders and money managers around the world. With our talented team of business development professionals, we are sure that our expansion plan will be successful.”


ABOUT JFD:

JFD stands for JUST FAIR & DIRECT! Founded in December 2011 by professional traders for sophisticated clients, JFD is already ranked among the top 20 largest online brokers worldwide (source: Finance Magnates QIR1 2016). With a solid presence in over 120 countries across 6 continents, JFD has made its name as a game-changing and award-winning internationally licensed global provider of 100% Post-Trade Transparent trading solutions. Operating as a pure Agency Model, JFD offers trader-centric DMA/STP Execution, keeping the best interests of the client always in mind.


FOR MORE INFO CONTACT:

Nathalie Kyrou

Email: n.kyrou@jfdbrokers.com

Skype: jfd.nathalie.kyrou

Tel: +357 25 878530 x122


German elections: Artificial Intelligence helps investors use voter opinions for investment decisions

Gland/Zurich, 30 August 2017

 

  • Swissquote and the EPFL’s Social Media Lab are evaluating social media to measure investor sentiment about the German DAX stock index

  • Artificial intelligence in finance: making investment decisions according to the voter opinion

  • Swissquote offers strategies for investors to benefit from equity and foreign exchange fluctuations

Gland, Switzerland, August 30, 2017 - On 24 September, Germany will elect the lower house of its federal parliament (Bundestag). Prior to the election, financial markets will be particularly volatile, in reaction to winner/loser projections and other surveys of voter opinion. Thanks to a new artificial-intelligence (AI) tool from Swissquote, the leading Swiss online bank, investors can capitalise on these voter opinions to make investment decisions.

Today, Swissquote launched the #DE30 Social Sentiment Index, developed in collaboration with the Social Media Lab of the EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne). The index summarises and evaluates the opinions expressed on social media regarding the German DAX (stock index of Germany’s 30 largest, public companies).

An algorithm, with the help of artificial intelligence, identifies investors' optimistic and pessimistic views. Natural language processing (NLP) is used to interpret the meaning of texts posted to social media. Graph theory is used to determine the context of each text, so that interpretation errors are avoided.

From this AI analysis, a real-time, consensus opinion can be derived as to whether a given stock is likely to rise or fall and whether the entire market is likely to move up or down. This can guide investors in adjusting or allocating positions in equities and currencies.

Also for the German elections, Swissquote analysts have compiled a basket of stocks that should benefit from the pro-European, company-friendly policies of the two major parties (Angela Merkel's CDU and Martin Schulz’s SPD).

Said Marc Bürki, CEO of Swissquote, “The use of artificial intelligence in finance is still beginning. Our goal is to drive its development, so that it can be used as quickly as possible by the broadest possible audience.”

Link to the website German Election

Link to the Themes Trading platform

 


JFD’S BROKERS LAUNCHES NEW PLATFORM: THE EXCLUSIVE METATRADER 5+

21st August 2017, Limassol, Cyprus

Lars Gottwik

JFD Brokers has just added another renowned platform, MT5, to its offering, taking the popular retail terminal and adding its own unique advantages to it. This is something that traders familiar with JFD know and love about this award-winning international broker.

Previously setting a benchmark in the industry, having released an improved version of the MetaTrader 4, JFD is now breaking ground again with MetaTrader 5+, which gives traders direct access to more than 500 instruments from 8 asset classes, sourced from 20+ LPs (Tier 1 Banks, Non-Bank LPs and MTFs). The brokerage’s pure Agency Model offers clients a just fair and direct way of trading, along with full anonymity, transparency, and their unique post-trade execution report.

Mihail Kamburov, Operations Director at JFD says: “MT5 already comes with new, improved features such as an economic calendar, more order types and a wide range of time frames. To give traders that additional edge, we have created an exclusive version of the trading platform with a unique set of Add-Ons that features a lot of handy tools designed to further improve their trading.”

Committed to always putting its traders first, JFD Brokers has over the past year added to its offering a variety of wideranging platforms catering to different types of traders, proving that it has earned its well-deserved reputation as a genuine client-centric broker.


ABOUT JFD:

JFD stands for JUST FAIR & DIRECT! Founded in December 2011 by professional traders for sophisticated clients, JFD is already ranked among the top 20 largest online brokers worldwide (source: Finance Magnates QIR1 2016). With a solid presence in over 120 countries across 6 continents, JFD has made its name as a game-changing and award-winning internationally licensed global provider of 100% Post-Trade Transparent trading solutions. Operating as a pure Agency Model, JFD offers trader-centric DMA/STP Execution, keeping the best interests of the client always in mind.


FOR MORE INFO CONTACT:

Nathalie Kyrou

Email: n.kyrou@jfdbrokers.com

Skype: jfd.nathalie.kyrou

Tel: +357 25 878530 x122


JFD’S TAILORS MTF SOLUTION FOR FRENCH CLIENTS

14th August 2017, Limassol, Cyprus

Lars GottwikFollowing the recent marketing ban in France, JFD Brokers has launched a new website for its French clients, offering a tailored solution for the French market. The company executes all its orders from France via a Multi-lateral Trading Facility (MTF) - this clears it to advertise its services while complying with the new regulations.

Lars Gottwik, CEO of JFD, expressed confidence about the French market: “We consider France to be one of our core markets and we see great potential going forward. As our STP/DMA business model is very close to an MTF, and we already handle a specific order flow for the last three years through specific MTFs, we took the decision to address the whole French market via an MTF setup.”

Very active in France since its inception, JFD Brokers, performed a thorough examination of the market before making this move; it now offers instruments from 4 assets classes, like forex and indices, to all French residents. More about its offering can be found on https://www.jfdbrokers.com/fr. The goal with the new website is to present clearly all the services and the information in the French language, backed up by a dedicated French-speaking Customer Support team.

As a 100% STP/DMA broker, JFD Brokers has always been about running a business model rooted in transparency and based on commission revenues - something which the French trading community can truly benefit from.


ABOUT JFD:

JFD stands for JUST FAIR & DIRECT! Founded in December 2011 by professional traders for sophisticated clients, JFD is already ranked among the top 20 largest online brokers worldwide (source: Finance Magnates QIR1 2016). With a solid presence in over 120 countries across 6 continents, JFD has made its name as a game-changing and award-winning internationally licensed global provider of 100% Post-Trade Transparent trading solutions. Operating as a pure Agency Model, JFD offers trader-centric DMA/STP Execution, keeping the best interests of the client always in mind.


FOR MORE INFO CONTACT:

Nathalie Kyrou

Email: n.kyrou@jfdbrokers.com

Skype: jfd.nathalie.kyrou

Tel: +357 25 878530 x122


Tickmill’s Newest Forex Demo Challenge Contest Gives $3,000 Every Month

Tickmill

Global FX and CFD brokerage services provider Tickmill is delighted to announce the launch of its new demo trading contest. The ‘Forex Demo Challenge’ invites traders to prove their skills in a risk-free trading environment for a chance to win amazing cash prizes.

Participants are challenged to compete with traders from all over the world and get a share of the $3,000* prize pool given away every month. The contest provides traders with a fascinating opportunity to test their trading strategies with zero risk, experience Tickmill’s exceptional trading conditions and win one of the top 10 prizes.

The traders with the highest account equity at the end of each round get awarded with real cash prizes from a total $3,000 prize pool. The 1st place winner walks away with $1,000 and a complimentary VIP account. To claim the prizes, traders must register for the contest, get their demo account and trade their way to the top of the leader board.

Commenting on the Forex demo contest, Tickmill UK CEO Duncan Anderson said: “After high demand and client feedback following our successful Forex Demo Race, we are excited to launch Tickmill’s biggest demo contest to date. The Forex Demo Challenge gives generous cash prizes every month from a collective prize pool of $3,000. Traders are invited to participate and experience our exceptional trading conditions with absolutely no risk.”

For more details about the contest and to register, traders can visit the Tickmill website

*Terms and Conditions apply.


About Tickmill

Tickmill is a Forex and CFD trading services provider, authorised and regulated in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Seychelles Financial Services Authority. Catering to the needs of both individual and institutional investors, Tickmill offers first-class trading products with some of the lowest spreads and commissions in the industry, as well as ultra-fast execution speed.

Please visit www.tickmill.com or contact marketing@tickmill.com

Trading CFDs can involve losses that exceed the initial deposit.


New Cryptocurrencies pairs with AvaTrade

Dublin, June 19th 2017: AvaTrade, the leading forex and CFD broker, has added to their already rich portfolio cryptocurrency pairs with exceptional conditions – Ethereum Classic vs the American dollar (ETCUSD) and Bitcoin vs Euro (BTCEUR) as a first step, with more to follow.

This is revolutionary in the trading world, as traders can now trade cryptocurrencies as currency pairs and not only as individual assets. With high volatility and constant new highs, cryptocurrencies represent various profit opportunities, and AvaTrade offers around-the-clock trading, also during the weekend, and up to 20:1 leverage on various cryptocurrencies.

“These are exciting times; the trading world is changing in front of our eyes, and we are glad to play a major role in it”, says Mr. Dáire Ferguson, CEO of AvaTrade. “Cryptocurrencies are the future, and AvaTrade stands in the frontline of brokers when it comes to trading them. We work hard to insure we offer our clients the best trading conditions and possibilities”.

Find out more about AvaTrade at www.avatrade.com

About AvaTrade

AvaTrade, the leading forex and CFD broker, was founded in 2006 and offers more than 250 financial instruments, top trading platforms, and new and improved mobile apps. Clients enjoy personal account managers and a 24-hour live customer service in 15 languages. AvaTrade accommodates to traders of all levels, and further ensures risk-free trading with advanced encryption and fully segregated accounts. AvaTrade is fully regulated in the EU, Japan, Australia, South Africa & BVI.


Press Contact

Orly Garini-Dil

Marcom Director

+1 646 335 0738 (Ext. 2125)


O.Garini-Dil@avatrade.com


Tickmill Thrives in the Competitive Forex Industry as ‘Most Trusted Broker in Europe’

UK FCA regulated global provider of FX and CFD brokerage services Tickmill won the ‘Most Trusted Broker Europe 2017’ award by the renowned Global Brands Magazine. The annual Global Brands Magazine Awards honour industry participants known for raising the bar higher and excelling in their respective fields.

This award proves Tickmill’s success in inspiring trust by consistently providing valuable products and services that live up to clients’ expectations and upholding integrity and honesty in its way of doing business.

In a market rife with fierce competition and increasingly stronger regulation, the company remains robust and resilient by putting its clients and employees at the heart of its operations. In line with this approach, Tickmill has heavily invested in the development of positive, mutually beneficial relationships with its diverse client base, while offering them personalised customer service in a truly empathetic and caring manner.

Tickmill has also been able to earn client trust in the sensitive area of client fund safety by putting in place strong risk management mechanisms including segregated accounts with top-tier banks.

Commenting on the award, Chief Executive Officer, Duncan Anderson, stated “We are very honoured to receive this award which comes at a time when our company sees remarkable expansion in Europe. The accolade not only reaffirms our esteemed position in the forex market, but more importantly it demonstrates that our clients appreciate our hard work and dedication to core ethical values such as transparency, accountability and respect, that are embodied in our business model and company culture alike.”

The company adds this award to its trophy cabinet following a string of positive developments including impressive growth figures, expansion in key European and Asian markets and launch of new useful tools and exciting trading contests.

Mr Anderson further added that “Tickmill grows stronger day by day and we owe this to our clients and employees who are the driving force behind our success. We greatly appreciate their loyalty and dedication towards our brand and we look forward to celebrating even more milestones with them.”

Notes to Media

About Tickmill

Tickmill is a global Forex and CFD broker, authorised and regulated in the UK by the FCA UK and in the Seychelles by FSA SC. Tickmill offers trading services with a prime focus on CFDs on Forex, Stock Indices and Commodities including Precious Metals.

Please visit http://www.tickmill.com or contact marketing@tickmill.com

About Global Brands Magazine

Global Brands Magazine is a UK-based branding publication providing up-to-date news, reviews and polls on leading brands across the world. The Global Brands Magazine awards are among the world's most recognized branding awards, honouring companies who demonstrate outstanding performance in their respective sector. For more information please visit http://www.globalbrandsmagazine.com/award-winners-2017/

Trading CFDs can involve losses that exceed the initial investment.


Andrey Dashin about Charity and sport

Social responsibility in business is on the rise in recent years. To shed some light on this, we caught up with Andrey Dashin, the owner of FXTM and Alpari, who shared his thoughts with us on the function of charitable funds and sponsorship programs.

What does charity mean to you?

I've been in business for nearly 20 years. I'm the owner of FXTM and chairman of the board of directors at Alpari; a global financial brand. Social responsibility in business has increased in recent times and it's become somewhat inseparable from the activities of large companies. Business requires my full concentration and strength. In this context, what charity means to me and my family is having a kind of safety net as well as looking after the society in which we all live.

Could you tell us a bit about the charitable work carried out by your foundations?

Certainly, I've started two foundations over the years. There's the Alpari Charitable Fund and the Andrey and Julia Dashin's Foundation.

The Alpari Charitable Fund started its work back in 2005, and since then, has provided support to more than 4,000 Russian families, held over 300 charitable events and paid for the treatment of more than 400 children. The primary aim of the fund is to provide assistance to struggling families as well as children suffering from severe illnesses. The fund recently started cooperating with the Russian internet giant Mail.ru, being integrated into its "Dobro Mail.ru" project, a kind of "good deeds" service that helps coordinate participation in charitable projects across Russia.

The active development of my companies' international business models, particularly FXTM, was the main reason for my move to Cyprus. This island has become a sort of second home for us. So, naturally, in 2014, my wife and I set up a charitable fund called Andrey and Julia Dashin's Foundation. My wife, Julia, makes a huge contribution to the formation and development of the fund's programs and devotes a copious amount of time and effort to personally overseeing their implementation. Since its creation, our charity has provided as much support as it can to orphaned children, to children from impoverished Cypriot families and to medical and social institutions in Cyprus.

Some of the largest beneficiaries of our charitable support include the Independent Social Support Body (chaired by the First Lady of Cyprus, Mrs. Andri Anastasiades), the Cyprus Red Cross Society and the Cyprus Anti-Cancer Society. The Andrey and Julia Dashin's Foundation also actively participates in environmental, cultural and sporting events held in Cyprus.

What kind of sponsorship programs do you have in place at Alpari and FXTM?

Business and sport have a lot in common. After all, victory never happens by chance. Success is the result of skill multiplied by experience and professionalism. In business, as well as in sport, perseverance, ambition and the application of the latest technologies are all important factors. In order to win, you need to be at least one step ahead of your competitors. I firmly believe that providing financial support to sporting institutions as well as to individual athletes not only benefits the company's image, but also leads to progress and the opening up of new opportunities, which eventually become important and even indispensible to each of us.

For example, Alpari has been sponsoring the Russian grandmaster Sergey Karyakin for over 5 years now. This ambitious sponsorship program, with the mantra of "Returning the chess crown to Russia", helped Sergey reach a real breakthrough in his career and to record some stunning, resounding victories in world chess's most prestigious international tournaments. So far, the peak of Karyakin's success came in the match for the title of world champion against the Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, which took place in November 2016, in New York.

At various times, Alpari has signed sponsorship deals with several well-known football clubs. These include London club West Ham United, Spartak Moscow and Zenit St. Petersburg.

Alpari hasn't forgotten about winter sports either. In 2014, the year of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Alpari became an official partner of the Russian biathlon team and supported them through all stages of the World Cup and European Championship.

In 2016, I became interested in sponsoring Formula-1 racing, so FXTM partnered up with Sahara Force India. Our choice of team was far from random. Force India's focus on new innovations and the timeliness of their implementation propelled them to international success in a very short space of time, which reminded me of FXTM.

Last year, FXTM started a partnership with legendary BASE jumper Valery Rozov, who holds the current world record for the highest BASE jump. We were united by a common desire to go beyond the ordinary and to expand the limits of possibility.

Alpari

JFD APPOINTS JAMES CHEN AS HEAD OF ASIAN MARKETS

JFD, a leading FX and CFD brokerage in Europe, has hired James Chen as Head of Asian Markets, as the company reaches out to international audiences across the globe. Focusing on attracting new retail clients and IBs in the Asian Pacific region, JFD also plans to expand its asset and wealth management services for HNWI (High Net Worth Individuals).

Educated in the U.S., James joins JFD from QO Financial Ltd, where he was Head of Operations, overseeing the activities and performance of the whole company. Formerly at IBFX, with experience in building and training teams from scratch, James is well prepared for his new role at JFD, building the company’s brand name while providing quality services for traders in Asia. His in-depth understanding of the full range of financial services, from sales, CS, trading, and IT, will help spearhead JFD to the top.

“I am pleased to join one of the fastest growing investment firms globally and to roll out this unparalleled transparent business model in Asia.” James commented. “I invite all introducing brokers, asset managers and private investors from Asia Pacific to join JFD - the just fair and direct brokerage and wealth management firm.”

JFD, known for its client-centric approach and transparent trading services, aims to forge valuable partnerships as it enters the Chinese market.


ABOUT JFD:

JFD stands for JUST FAIR & DIRECT! Founded in December 2011 by professional traders for sophisticated clients, JFD is already ranked among the top 20 largest online brokers worldwide (source: Finance Magnates QIR1 2016). With a solid presence in over 100 countries across 5 continents, JFD has made its name as a game-changing and award-winning internationally licensed global provider of 100% Post-Trade Transparent trading solutions. Operating as a pure Agency Model, JFD offers trader-centric DMA/STP Execution, keeping the best interests of the client always in mind.

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT:

Nathalie Kyrou

Email: n.kyrou@jfdbrokers.com

Skype: jfd.nathalie.kyrou

Tel: +357 25 878530 x122


A DECADE OF EXCELLENCE SHAPES AETOS´ FUTURE

JFD Brokers

AETOS has excelled and grown through enhancing its clients trading experience. It now takes the next step by introducing the new Global Chinese Support Centre.

2017 is the 10th anniversary of AETOS Capital Group (AETOS). During this decade the company has rapidly grown through enhancing its clients trading experience. Nowhere has this expansion been greater than in China. Therefore, to celebrate this achievement and take the next step forward, AETOS has opened their new Global Chinese Support Centre (GCSC) in Hangzhou.

The new GCSC is a major statement. Its vast size covers more than 1,700 square meters and it aims to provide clients with a one-stop solution for training, advisory and customer services. What’s more, multi-functional conference rooms offer AETOS’ business partners comprehensive instruction and guidance in compliance, operations and trading products, such as CFDs in Forex.

Hangzhou was a natural choice for the location of AETOS’ GCSC. The city is one of the most developed in e-commerce throughout China. It is bustling with financial organisations, including the headquarters of many provincial banks and securities companies.

The move to establish the GCSC strengthens AETOS role as a worldwide player. The company is dedicated to tailoring localised services to its ever-expanding global client base. This strategy has seen excellent growth. As a result, AETOS has climbed Finance Magnate’s Quarterly Global FX Brokers report table by openly disclosing its trading figures, the first among its Chinese counterparts. This has won them long-term trust and increased business among Chinese investors, along with the proud position of leading broker in the Chinese market.

AETOS has 26 offices around the world, including 9 throughout China to serve the country, backed up by the newly established GCSC. With a decade of major growth fuelled through service localization and enhancing client trading experience, AETOS is continuing that trend with the impressive GCSC to shape its future.

AETOS are currently under two regulations: ASIC (AFSL: 313016) for AETOS Capital Group Pty. Ltd, and FCA (FCA No.: 592778) for AETOS Capital Group (UK) Ltd.


JFD BROKERS OFFERS NEW TRADING PRODUCT: BITCOIN

JFD Brokers

Leading forex and CFDs brokerage JFD Brokers has launched a new trading product, offering clients the opportunity to capitalise on the recent Bitcoin trend, while benefiting from the brokerage’s excellent trading conditions. Becoming one of the first in the industry to be granted by CySEC the license to offer the pairs BTC/EUR and BTC/USD for trading, JFD, a true DMA/STP broker, is once again exemplifying its client-centric approach, remaining one step ahead of its competition.

Offering its clients Bitcoin currency pairs, JFD will also allow partial trading on these symbols (with a minimum trading size of 0.01 CFD i.e. less than one Bitcoin). Designed for retail traders, this gives traders the opportunity to test these volatile instruments in smaller amounts, thus enabling better risk management. JFD’s margin requirements for these new pairs will be 10%.

Monika Peeva, Chief Trading System Officer of JFD Brokers, commented: “We are excited to launch this new product. Bitcoin has been in the news since it was introduced, but it’s been making more headlines over the past few months, and we wanted to keep on top of this fintech trend, always offering our traders something more.”


ABOUT JFD:

JFD stands for JUST FAIR & DIRECT! Founded in December 2011 by professional traders for sophisticated clients, JFD is already ranked among the top 20 largest online brokers worldwide (source: Finance Magnates QIR1 2016). With a solid presence in over 100 countries across 5 continents, JFD has made its name as a game-changing and award-winning internationally licensed global provider of 100% Post-Trade Transparent trading solutions. Operating as a pure Agency Model, JFD offers trader-centric DMA/STP Execution, keeping the best interests of the client always in mind.

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT:

Nathalie Kyrou

Email: n.kyrou@jfdbrokers.com

Skype: jfd.nathalie.kyrou

Tel: +357 25 878530 x122


AvaTrade is the first broker to offer Ethereum, Dash and Ripple to its traders

Dublin, May 17th 2017: AvaTrade, the leading forex and CFD broker, is pleased to announce the addition of 3 rising digital currencies – Ethereum, Dash and Ripple, to its trading portfolio.

These currencies show a drastic augmentation of 1,000-4,000% in the past year. Combining them alongside Bitcoin, which doubled in the last 6 months, the cryptocurrencies’ market share has grown significantly recently.

“The latest political and financial events have changed the trading world, and we work hard to ensure we stay on the top of our game, and always remain an industry leading brokerage“, says Mr. Dáire Ferguson, CEO of AvaTrade. ”We are proud to be the first to introduce these exciting cryptocurrencies to our impressive instruments’ selection”.

Find out more about AvaTrade at www.avatrade.com

About AvaTrade

AvaTrade, the leading forex and CFD broker, was founded in 2006 and offers more than 250 financial instruments, top trading platforms, and new and improved mobile apps. Clients enjoy personal account managers and a 24-hour live customer service in 15 languages. AvaTrade accommodates to traders of all levels, and further ensures risk-free trading with advanced encryption and fully segregated accounts. AvaTrade is fully regulated in the EU, Japan, Australia, South Africa & BVI.


Press Contact

Orly Garini-Dil

+1 646 335 0738 (Ext. 2125) 


O.Garini-Dil@avatrade.com


JFD Brokers launches innovate partnership offering along with new website

JFD Brokers

17th May 2017, Limassol, Cyprus

JFD Brokers continues to grow with its launch of a new franchise program, where partners can benefit exclusively from JFD’s global brand name, building their own regional office while simultaneously empowering their business.

The company’s brand new dedicated partnerships website, recently launched, is a direct way for partners and IBs to communicate with JFD and get their questions answered. It offers summarised content about the company’s various smart partnership models, which also include programs for Introducing Brokers and Intermediaries (non-licensed partners).

Daniela Dimitrova, Chief Partnership Officer, welcomes everybody to visit www.jfdpartners.com. “Our goal with this new scheme is to offer our partners more options which suit their specific business needs. The website presents clear and detailed information on all models, giving you direct access to our partnerships department. We encourage open communication and welcome feedback from everyone. We are always open for discussions with new clients as we grow our business.”

JFD already works with partners from all over the world and is continuously forming new relationships and targeting even more regions. Known for its just, fair and direct operations, the company focuses on a win–win–win approach where all clients, including partners, are encouraged to be successful as the company itself benefits from their success in the long-term. Building trusted partnerships is the aim, achieved by identifying individual needs, ensuring customer loyalty and satisfaction. JFD’s long client lifespan is proof that their approach works.


ABOUT JFD:

JFD stands for JUST FAIR & DIRECT! Founded in December 2011 by professional traders for sophisticated clients, JFD is already ranked among the top 20 largest online brokers worldwide (source: Finance Magnates QIR1 2016). With a solid presence in over 100 countries across 5 continents, JFD has made its name as a game-changing and award-winning internationally licensed global provider of 100% Post-Trade Transparent trading solutions. Operating as a pure Agency Model, JFD offers trader-centric DMA/STP Execution, keeping the best interests of the client always in mind.


FOR MORE INFO CONTACT:

Nathalie Kyrou, Head of Content

Email: n.kyrou@jfdbrokers.com

Skype: jfd.nathalie.kyrou

Tel: +357 25 878530 x122


French election, round two: Swissquote helps investors optimize portfolios based on a Macron or Le Pen victory

  • Investors can choose currency and indices baskets likely to benefit from either
  • Social Media Opinion Index helps investors gauge voter sentiment pointing to a possible winner
  • Index is complemented comments and trading tools that enable investors to trade on possible outcomes
  • Gland, Switzerland, May 02, 2017– Swissquote Bank Ltd., Switzerland´s leading online bank, announces the launch of investment options based on the possible victory of either candidate in the upcoming second round of the French presidential election. Investors can choose between baskets filled with currencies and indices, optimized for one of the two outcomes.

    The currencies and indices in the Macron basket are expected to rise following a Macron victory; those in the Le Pen basket would gain with a Le Pen victory.

    In order to make the best-informed decisions, investors are given access to a unique tool developed in cooperation with the Social Media Lab at École Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL): the Social Media Opinion Index, which provides real-time poll data on the election´s likely outcome, based on opinions about the two candidates expressed on social media networks.

    The Macron basket is most likely to benefit from the candidate´s support for stronger European integration, and openness to international trade. It would increase in value as a result of a strengthened euro, and relatively weakened U.S. dollar and Swiss franc.

    The Le Pen basket is likely to benefit from the candidate´s protectionist policies, favoring French companies focused on domestic business. It would likely benefit from a weakened euro, declines in French and German stock markets, and a strengthened Swiss franc.

    The Social Media Opinion Index and investment baskets are available publicly on a dedicated Swissquote website:www.swissquote.com/french-election


    HotForex: Trading Tips by football legend Michael Ballack

    Michael Ballack has agreed on an official collaboration with HotForex, through which the German footballer offers valuable tips to traders

    PORT LOUIS, Mauritius, April 2017 – Award-winning forex and commodities broker, HotForex has celebrated the collaboration with the world-famous German football legend Michael Ballack with a special event at the forex company’s offices.
    The company event was followed by the release of a 7-minute video presenting The 13 Golden Rules on How to Be the Michael Ballack of Trading.
    Commenting on the video, a HotForex spokesperson said, “Our focus is to constantly educate our traders; to give them the right tips and tools to expand their trading potential. Being the market leader through groundbreaking educational resources remains our top priority.”
    In the new spot, the German national team’s former captain explains what are the characteristics that professional football and trading have in common, based on the principle that both are the result of determination, constant training and passion. The German footballer advocates trading the global financial FX markets using HotForex’s pioneering trading platforms and mobile app: from demo to live accounts, making use of HotForex market research and interactive webinars.

    To watch the new video released by HotForex featuring Michael Ballack, click here

    To read the rules, click here

    The famous Chelsea F.C. and Bayern Munich legend expressed his delight for the collaboration, saying, “I am very glad to collaborate with a highly reputable broker of HotForex’s stature, that has managed to become a top choice for FX traders worldwide.”
    Aside from being the captain of the German national team from 2004 to 2010, Michael Ballack is also one of the national team’s top goal scorers. He won multiple titles with Bayern Munich and Chelsea F.C., has been selected as UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year in 2002 and has won the German Footballer of the Year award three times – in 2002, 2003 and 2005.


    JFD Brokers introduces connectivity to AgenaTrader platform, with reduced fees.

    Published on: 12th April 2017

    Limassol, Cyprus

    Being Just Fair and Direct, operating under a Pure Agency Only Model and offering true Post-Trade Transparency, are some of the things that JFD Brokers is known for. As the company has evolved, it has expanded its range of services, recently widening its portfolio of trading platforms in order to provide its clients with more choice and flexibility.

    The latest addition to its offering is the award-winning AgenaTrader, a third-party trading platform renowned for enabling semi- and fully-automated trading, as well as for being considered one of the best software on the market today. Like JFD, AgenaTrader was built by traders for traders - one of the reasons it is so popular. As a JFD client, you get access to the platform’s advanced Andromeda version at an exclusive 45% discounted rate. With this strategic partnership, JFD continues to grow, keeping traders active and satisfied by providing diversity and cost-effective trading solutions.

    In charge of the project was Mihail Kamburov, Operations Director at JFD. “Having in mind the variety of our symbols across multiple asset classes, the scanning possibilities of AgenaTrader will be a powerful addition to our advanced, trader-centric tools,” said Kamburov. “AgenaTrader matched our vision for the industry. The global revolution that JFD started, by offering institutional grade market access and transparency, is now developing further. Through AgenaTrader we offer independent traders the possibility to create automated trading models - without even the need for programming skills.”

    With its connection to Germany’s popular platform Guidants last year, and plans for more to come later this year, JFD is committed to continuously providing services that suit all types of traders whilst delivering the best trading experience out there. The company’s simple yet powerful business philosophy of putting traders first has worked so far to both its own advantage and that of its clients, earning JFD Brokers numerous awards along the way, as well as a reputation as a genuine industry innovator.

    ABOUT JFD:

    JFD stands for JUST FAIR & DIRECT! Founded in December 2011 by professional traders for sophisticated clients, JFD is already ranked among the top 20 largest online brokers worldwide (source: Finance Magnates QIR1 2016). With a solid presence in over 100 countries across 5 continents, JFD has made its name as a game-changing and award-winning internationally licensed global provider of 100% Post-Trade Transparent trading solutions. Operating as a pure Agency Model, JFD offers trader-centric DMA/STP Execution, keeping the best interests of the client always in mind.


    French election: Swissquote and EPFL help investors understand the likely impact on financial markets

    Swissquote-FrenchElections

    - Goal: Measure impact of French election on equity and currency markets
    - Swissquote and École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) create Social Media Opinion Index to scan voter sentiment on social media
    - Index is complemented comments and trading tools, creating a financial dashboard that enables investors to optimize investment decisions

    Gland, Switzerland, April 19, 2017 – Swissquote Bank Ltd., Switzerland´s leading online bank, announces the launch of a set of investor tools that help anticipate the impact of the French presidential election on financial markets. A key element is the Social Media Opinion Index, created in cooperation with the Social Media Lab at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

    The Index makes use of the latest advances in artificial intelligence to collect and analyze opinions about the candidates in the French election as expressed on social media networks.

    The approach, which is very different from traditional opinion polls based on surveys, allows investors to take the pulse of public online opinion about the candidates, indicating potential outcomes of the elections in real-time.

    The Index is based on two related technologies, using artificial intelligence: Natural Language Processing (NLP) which interprets the text of a message, and graph analysis, which enables the understanding of the context in which an opinion is expressed. Thus the tool can detect nuances like irony and sarcasm that may be contained in a message, reduce ambivalence and avoid misinterpretation that could lead to errors.

    The Index will be offered together with analysts comments and foreign exchange (Forex) trading tools. This comprehensive financial analysis offering helps measure the potential impact of the election and identifies the need to adjust investment strategies accordingly. It will be available publicly on a dedicated Swissquote website: www.swissquote.com/french-election.

    Once the first round of the elections is completed on April 23, 2017, and the two finalists are known, Swissquote will offer two different Forex baskets consisting of different currency pairs and stock indices that will be most strongly impacted by one of the two possible outcomes.

    The selection currency pairs and stock indices will be made according to the different political programs the candidates have announced; so the baskets linked to the less protectionist candidate will include currencies and stocks indices that are likely to benefit from politics that favor free trade.

    "The barometer of public opinion on social networks, coupled with our analysis and strategies, will help investors make informed decisions during a period of uncertainty. We are providing investors with key information to better understand the impact of the French election on the financial markets and helping them benefit from related changes both on the equity and currency markets", said Peter Rosenstreich, Head of Market Strategy at Swissquote.


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