Interbank FX – The US retail forex broker
I've just received an email which says it's from "Todd Crosland, President, IBFX Australia Pty. Ltd.". The email starts off by saying that:
As you may have already seen in the recently issued press release, IBFX Holdings, LLC has been acquired by TradeStation Group, Inc., a recognized leader in online trading and winner of Barron's 2011 "Best Online Broker" award. TradeStation is part of Monex Group, a leading Japanese online brokerage firm.
According to the TradeStation press release that Todd mentioned in his email:
According to Michael Greenberg over at ForexMagnates his:
Sources reveal that Gain Capital is about to seal the deal with Interbank FX. No information is yet known and neither company confirmed the information – naturally because Gain is a public company. More details are expected soon.
We have speculated here on the likelihood of continuing consolidation in the retail forex "industry", particularly following the IPOs of GAIN and FXCM. No doubt the trend will continue for a while yet in the wake of regulatory changes, not to mention the activities of those regulators' lawyers! In all the circumstances it's an interesting coincidence that we mentioned IBFX in passing only this morning. Assuming that the acquisition goes ahead as Michael suggests, perhaps Forex.com will eventually start marketing EAs that don't work terribly well to their customers too? They do operate a dealing desk after all!
Just in case you hadn't noticed, today is October 18th 2010. Today is the day that all those new CFTC regulations come into force, and when a forex trader opens a new account brokers must now reveal to them quarterly account profitability statistics covering the previous year. FXCM have done just that, and here are their numbers:
The National Futures Association has just issued additional guidance to it's members about the CFTC's Final Forex Regulations. In its latest notice to members the NFA says that:
NFA staff has received a number of inquiries from Members seeking further guidance and clarification on certain requirements. Based on further consultation with CFTC staff on Friday, October 8th, this Notice provides additional guidance on the following areas:
As we pointed out recently, the new CFTC regulations require all US spot forex brokers to use a much longer risk disclosure statement from October 18th 2010. As part of that risk disclosure:
In the first response I have spotted made by a forex broker to their recent proposal to limit leverage to a maximum of 10 to 1, the CFTC earlier this week published a 6 page letter from Interbank FX on their website. Interbank FX welcome most of the other CFTC proposals, but say that the 10 to 1 leverage proposal:
The Forex MegaDroid team seemed to think that the NFA's new FIFO regulations were going to cause their creation some problems. On July 5th they sent an email to their customers promising that:
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We've chosen Interbank FX as the first broker to examine in our status reports about what works and what doesn't following the long awaited implementation of the FIFO requirement of NFA compliance rule 2-43(b). We're looking at IBFX first because they made some impressive claims about MetaTrader 4 expert advisors in their July 20th announcement: