I don't know about you, but here at the Trading Gurus HQ (TGHQ for short) we've been receiving a veritable blizzard of emails recently saying things like:
Please be aware that we have been informed by Meta Quotes that as from Friday 1st August 2014 all clients using a version of MT4 older than Build 600 will not be able to use it, as it will be disabled.
As we reported way back in August, MetaQuotes have been working on adding objected oriented programming to MetaTrader 4. They originally suggested that a version of the MetaTrader 4 terminal supporting OOP EAs would become available in September, but that's not how things have worked out in practice!
We have transferred the maximum possible amount of MQL5 language functions and features fully preserving MQL4 functionality. In other words, all powerful MQL5 functions, including ООP and the native code compiler, will become available in MQL4.
With the launch of [its] new TradeStation Forex business, TradeStation will have transformed its forex offering from a fully disclosed operation, where it introduces customers to a third-party forex dealer, to one where its new subsidiary, TradeStation Forex, Inc., an approved Retail Foreign Exchange Dealer (RFED) and member of the NFA, acts as principal and directs aggregated pricing to its customers.
The third-party forex dealer referred to in the announcement is currently GAIN Capital, and TradeStation will shortly be cutting out that middleman and dealing directly with a number of liquidity providers. Retail forex traders will be able to use the recently introduced TradeStation 9.0 platform to access that liquidity, and the announcement also stated that:
We burned a lot of midnight oil here at the Trading Gurus last night trying to make sure our shiny new multi-currency upgrade to Ray the Random Robot™ wouldn't fall at the first hurdle in MetaQuotes entry into the 2010 Great Object-Oriented Robot Wars (GOORW for short). The deadline for entries into the MetaTrader 5 Automated Trading Championship 2010 is later on today. At least that's what we thought when we finally got to bed! This morning we awoke somewhat later than usual, only to discover that MetaQuotes have just extended that deadline:
As anticipated I received an email from FXCM last night, but it did seem just a touch impersonal. It started out by saying:
Code and Compete for a chance to win cash prizes in the FXCM Automated Trading Challenge. Sign up for a contest demo and put your automated strategy to the test with zero risk to your own money.
A bit further on it posed this rhetorical question:
FXCM Strategy Trader Delivers the Next Evolution in Automated Trading.
Despite this their Strategy Trader home page (now retitled "Automated Forex Trading") is still at pains to point out that:
We've recently improved our MetaTrader 4 London Breakout expert advisor, and now we've released a port of that "robot" to MetaTrader 5, using the new object-oriented features of the MQL5 language. You can download the MQL5 source code from our Community forum.
MetaQuotes announced yesterday that from now on the source code for MetaTrader 5 expert advisors written by 3rd parties (such as the Trading Gurus!) will be made available for download through the MT5 client terminal. To celebrate this fact we've rewritten our latest "Really Random Robot" in an object-oriented style, and uploaded it to the MQL5 Code Base. MetaQuotes have already kindly translated the instructions into Russian for us! We're eagerly waiting to discover how many MetaTrader 5 beta testers download it and try it out. So far today we're up to 16.
MetaTrader 5 has been in beta testing by traders around the world for well over 6 months now. In an indication that there might at last be a glimmer of light at the end of the long testing tunnel Alpari UK are now publicising the fact that you can download MetaTrader 5 from their website, and thus open an account with them. It's only a demonstration account at the moment of course. Alpari don't say when a real live MT5 account will be available from them. A few more months yet I suspect. Alpari do say this however: