Retail FX Roundup

Retail FX Roundup is a regular new feature in e-Forex magazine, which will be analyzing some of the key news items and trends in the Retail FX sector over the previous few months. The column is written by Gerald Segal who is Managing Director of LeapRate, an independent research and advisory firm, covering the world of online Forex and CFD trading. LeapRate’s services include its Online Forex Industry Report, an Approved List of online trading firms and regular Forex Industry News analysis and updates.

The first half of 2011 in the online Forex world was a very busy one, with Forex firms showing a nice restart of growth after a somewhat slow end to 2010. Strategically, the past few months can be summarized by two key headlines: •  Wall Street tries to figure out the industry•  Regulatory shakeout continues to reshape Retail Forex Wall Street and Forex – not a marriage made in heaven? One would think that the online Forex industry would be one which Wall Street would warmly welcome. Aside from the fact that Forex sector firms such as FXCM and Gain Capital (and their counterparts worldwide) have been generally consistently profitable, an attribute which Wall Street generally likes, it also happens to be an industry based on financial trading, leverage, risk management, marketing, customer service – all things which Wall Streeters themselves should be able to easily understand.  However, the first few months of both FXCM and Gain as public companies have been...continued

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