FXCM Like the Look of MetaTrader?

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For the last month FXCM have been busy migrating all the new customers they acquired when they took over UK broker ODL. I have now received several emails from ODL on the topic. The one I received on May 21st informed me that:

Your MT4 username and password have not changed. Continue to trade with the same installation of MT4 currently on your computer.

That seemed to work out reasonably well, and I'm now happily trading using my shiny new FXCM MetaTrader 4 account without having to install yet another flavour of MetaTrader. The biggest problem was that the times of the quotes changed by an hour, which meant I had to reconfigure some of my expert advisors in a hurry. However the ODL demo MT4 account that I use for testing purposes doesn't seem to have migrated in the same way. It still seems to be much as it was, except that when the markets opened for business last Monday quotes for a number of indices appeared to have stopped arriving.

That same email also instructed me to:

Download and install the FX Trading Station II (TSII) platform. While you will continue to place trades using the MT4 platform, you will use TSII to run official account statements and to access MyFXCM, your new online account management portal.

Now as luck would have it I already had Trading Station II on my hard drive, but this might well have come as a bit of a shock to a lot of ODL's long standing MetaTrader clients. However once they'd managed to get TSII installed those same customers might have started to wonder what the pros and cons of trading using TSII instead of MT4 might be. We'll be covering that topic in future posts, but in the meantime I received another email from ODL on June 3rd telling me that:

Trading Station II has numerous features that MT4 does not, including: single-click trade execution, market range orders, mobile trading, and the ability to create stops/limits while placing market orders. The MT4 platform was not originally designed for No Dealing Desk execution. We have worked with a third party to make it compatible with No Dealing Desk execution. However, we recommend the Trading Station II platform if you are not automating trades with an Expert Advisor.

The "third party" in question is Boston Technologies, and it sounds as though for some reason FXCM/ODL aren't very keen on BT's MT4 bridge technology any more. It's also a real shame that I already have a TSII account, because FXCM are offering me hard cash to open one and ditch MT4 and that troublesome bridge once and for all:

Receive a 50 EUR/GBP/USD credit when you move your accounts over to Trading Station II. To receive this special offer, you must have an account balance over 5,000 units of the currency your account is denominated in.

To ease the pain of the transition FXCM have even produced a "skin" to make Trading Station II look a bit more like the familiar MetaTrader user interface.  You can download a copy of the TSII MT4 profile here.  Then go to "View" followed by "Load Profile" and select your newly downloaded MT4layout.fxp. Then you will find your Trading Station looks like this:

FXCM TSII with the MetaTrader 4 profile

FXCM TSII with the MetaTrader 4 profile

instead of this:

FXCM TSII with its default profile

FXCM TSII with its default profile

I can't wait to discover what's in the next email I receive from "ODL powered by FXCM"!

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July 22, 2010

Michael Alcocer @ 5:54 am #

Boston Technologies – SCAM – FRAUD – AVOID!!!

Boston Technologies is acting as Broker-Dealer/Marketplace without license and reserve funds… If the bridge failed, YOU WILL LOSE YOUR MONEY!! Be careful with the Ponzi scheme led it by Mr. George Popescu and Mr. Kevin Millien.

While it is true that acting as a technology provider to the FX (OTC) space does not require NFA membership or CFTC registration, it is hardly the basis on which Boston Technologies (BT) operates.

At face value, BT offers technology solutions to the retail FX market. However while this may hold true for many of their institutional clients, it is not so for much of their smaller clients.

Consider the following:
1) BT holds clients funds on deposit with both regulated and non-regulated entities.
2) BT's technology defaults to the benefit of the broker (FCM/FDM). In the absence of a broker, BT is able to deploy their technology to their own benefit. A major conflict of interest.
3) BT claims to not act as anything but a technology solution but receive income from the spread, in many cases without the clients knowledge. This is either garnered in the form of an IB fee paid by the counterparty or by BT simply marking up the trades through price manipulation.
4) BT has recently chosen to move their business offshore (Boston Trading as opposed to Technologies), or at least the trading arm of it (to Belize). They believe this will give them greater flexibility in acting as a broker without repercussions from the local regulations despite the fact that they still take client deposits in the name of the US based company.

This is just a cursory glance at the business. A more informed and thorough look will reveal further anomalies.

Michael Alcocer @ 5:56 am #

FXCM claims that do not have any kind of business relationship with Boston Technologies.

FXCM claims that they just have a normal and typical bridge as other Brokers. Don't be confused with the AD's in FXCM website, because if Boston Technologies stolen your money, FXCM do not have nothing involved directly.

July 26, 2010

Michael Brand @ 7:05 pm #

As the Head of Compliance for Boston Technologies I would like to take this opportunity to offer a response to the accusations made by Mr. Alcocer. Boston Technologies and BT Prime operate a transparent business model that is clearly explained on their respective websites http://www.bostontechnologies.com and http://www.bttprime.com.

The officers and individuals working at BT are industry professionals with many years of experience serving the forex community. BT is fully staffed in all areas of operation including compliance, legal, and accounting to solidify and maintain the integrity of the firm.

I would like to make it clear that BT and its affiliates do NOT conduct any business with the retail public, only sophisticated institutions. BT does business with many top tier banks and brokers. The due diligence process such institutions go through before committing to any business relationship is extensive. The fact they have chosen to do business with BT and its affiliates speaks for itself.

I would urge anyone reading this forum and the community at large to spend some time reading the websites and invite you to give BT a call with any questions you may have.

Michael Brand
Head of Compliance
Boston Technologies Inc.

August 17, 2010

Michael Inovatrade @ 4:11 am #

@Jim:

Dear Jim:

Boston Technologies Inc used the following commercial names, corporations, websites:

1. Tradex Swiss AG
2. Boston Trading and Research Inc.
3. BT Trading LLC
4. Boston Technologies Inc.
5. GAP Technologies Inc.
6. BT Prime
7. http://www.bostontechnologies.com
8. www,bttprime.com

Boston Technologies is using Financial Institutions to trying to sell his "bridge", and created a confusion with his clients, trying to deposit the trading money in Boston Technologies banking account. If you are a Financial Institution and acting as broker-dealer without the "escrow reserve", and you have trouble or technical issues, or simple loss, you cannot afford the loss.

Michael Inovatrade @ 4:17 am #

@Michael Brand:

Mr. Michael Brand:

Thank you for taking your time to respond and getting attention about my personal experiences with Boston Technologies.

Did you remember when you asked me to changed the our agreement from US Company to offshore company:

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FYI:

Dear Valued Client,

I would like to introduce myself. My name is Michael Brand and I am the Compliance Officer at Boston Technologies. My role at BT is to ensure that all of our collective interests operate efficiently and safely within industry and legal guidelines. The purpose of an effective compliance program is to offer maximum protection from any liability that may arise during and through the course of business.

It is for this reason that I am now asking you to provide us with basic documentation as listed in an attachment to this email. By providing these documents you can help ensure that basic regulatory guidelines are being followed. Additionally, I am attaching an updated copy of our Client Agreement for your signature. In order to comply with global regulatory requirements and to further protect both our clients and ourselves from liability we have formed a new entity that will be a party to your Agreement.

Please be advised that once signed, any prior Boston Technology Agreement will be transferred to BT Trading Ltd.

This is strictly an operational change and will not affect any ongoing business. Business will continue as usual without any interruption and you will continue to benefit from the same excellent services and products that you have received thus far.

Please return to us a completed and signed Agreement along with any documentation requested in the Application part of the Agreement within 7 days of receipt of this communication. I apologize if this will inconvenience you in any way but I do appreciate your cooperation in submitting these documents to us as soon as possible.

I am looking forward to working with you in the future in an ongoing basis. Please do not hesitate to communicate with me by any means to share any concerns or if you have any questions.

Best regards,

Michael Brand

Compliance Officer

Boston Technologies Inc.

[email protected]

212 634-6360

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We are talking is the true, and we will get that our claims the NFA (National Future Association) and CFTC (Commodity Future Trading Commission) get this claims seriously and proceed against your company.

Any question regarding this, please also let me know. I will very happy to help you.

August 20, 2010

Michael Inovatrade @ 9:34 am #

Dear Jim:

Boston Technologies is a very "generic" name, but I am specific referral to Boston Technologies related with the forex markets and with the website: http://www.bostontechnologies.com, with the following contact information:

Main Office:
Boston Technologies Inc.
280 Summer St, 9th floor
Boston, MA 02210

New York Office
641 Lexington Avenue
Manhattan, New York 10022
http://www.emporis.com/application/?nav=building&lng=3&id=641lexingtonavenuenue-newyorkcity-ny-usa

For support and customer care: [email protected]

For business development and investors: [email protected]

For sales and questions: [email protected]

By phone:
Office and sales:
+1 617.314.6800

By fax:
+1 617.938.3447

Boston Technologies is led my Mr. George A. Popescu. This guys was related with Tradex Swiss AG and Boston Trading & Research Inc. Also, we runs his actual business with GAP Technologies Inc.

The "new" corporation to avoid the US Prosecution about his illegal activities in the US is BT Trading LLC, that is a new corporation registered in Belize. With this "off-shore" corporation, he do not have any kind of regulation, and avoid the US Regulations, hide the money in "off-shore" banking account and tried avoid the US Claims that ex-clients and injured customers have against his activities in the US.

I hope that I can be very explicit regarding your confusion of this company and related companies.

If you have any other question, please let me know.

Michael Inovatrade @ 9:41 am #

Also… We have a conversation with Forex Capital Markets LLC (FXCM), with the website: http://www.fxcm.com

FXCM shut down from their website "powered by Boston Technologies" the MT4 Platform.

This new event shows that the firm are not more involved with Boston Technologies and his illegal activities.

http://us.fxcm.co.uk/metatrader.jsp#st=2/

We expected that the other financial institutions broke and stop doing business with Boston Technologies, because is extremely evidence that they are not doing their business in the ethic and legal way requested in the financial industry.

August 21, 2010

Michael Inovatrade @ 7:59 am #

@Jim:

FXCM have some claims with clients with failed problems of the "bridge" that BT provided.

We have communication from BT that shows that they have internal technical problems in the mt4 servers that results in technical problem in the bridge.

Who is responsible for the crashing and failing of the mt4 servers and bridge of Boston Technologies? BT are a financial institution regulated that in case of controversy with a client, go to a public agency to review the client situation?

This is a message from the CEO of Boston Technologies regarding a recently crashing of his MT4:

=================================================================================

Mt4 crashing due to this
George A Popescu | Boston Technologies LLC | Director
2 December 2009, 18:49

Hi all,

It seams that one of our Mt4 servers is crashing due to :

5 04:44:51 MemoryException: 10398718 bytes not available
5 04:44:51 MemPack: reallocate of 10398718 bytes failed
5 04:44:51 MemoryException: 10398718 bytes not available
5 04:44:51 MemPack: reallocate of 10398718 bytes failed
5 04:44:51 MemoryException: 10398718 bytes not available
5 04:44:51 MemPack: reallocate of 10398718 bytes failed
5 04:44:51 MemoryException: 10398718 bytes not available
5 04:44:51 MemPack: reallocate of 10398718 bytes failed
5 04:44:51 MemoryException: 10398718 bytes not available
5 04:44:51 MemPack: reallocate of 10398718 bytes failed
5 04:44:51 MemoryException: 10398718 bytes not available
5 04:44:51 MemPack: reallocate of 10398718 bytes failed
5 04:44:51 MemoryException: 10398718 bytes not available
5 04:44:51 MemPack: reallocate of 10398718 bytes failed
5 04:44:51 MemoryException: 10398718 bytes not available
5 04:44:51 MemPack: reallocate of 10398718 bytes failed
5 04:44:51 MemoryException: 10398718 bytes not available

There are :

1. no plugins installed except Metaquotes products
2. nothing else connected to server
3. MT4 admin says there is 2.6 GB RAM available
4. Windows says 1 GB RAM available

Please let us know any useful information.

Thanks

George

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Michael Inovatrade @ 8:02 am #

Jim:

Tradex Swiss AG – Boston Trading & Research – Gap Technologies – Boston Technologies – BT Prime have the similar team member, officers, and offices locations in the track history.

Please look the public records regarding this companies, and you will see a clear connection with the exact physical office address, and all company are related to Mr. George Popescu.

Regards

Michael Inovatrade @ 6:52 pm #

@Jim:

Is very interesting… FXCM and Boston Technologies has business relationship from the past.

Mr. Kevin Millien, actual CFO from Boston Technologies, was in the past VP Institutional Clients at FXCM.

We have serious claims against BT and FXCM. Because BT is using the trade name of FXCM for selling their own MT4.

FXCM contacted us last week, and they notified us that they are taking out from the website BT information, also you see that BT take off from the website info about FXCM.

I am waiting for the CFTC report and our claim against BT, as soon we get it, I will make it public and publish.

August 23, 2010
November 1, 2010

Alex Olbudy @ 6:17 pm #

http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/10/29/31456.htm

So what is the connection between the two guys arrested in Boston last week with "Boston Trading & Reseach" and "Boston Technologies".

This blog says they are connected: http://www.forexpeacearmy.com/forex-forum/scam-alerts-folder/8965-boston-technologies-inc.html

Whats the deal here? Are these guys (B.T.) going to be the next ones arrested?

November 2, 2010

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