Heather McLean
Heather McLean

Liquidity Bridging - helping FX brokers to manage risk, capture business and improve customer loyalty

Liquidity bridges are now seen as an established and crucial element in delivering electronic forex trading services. Heather McLean explores how they can also help FX brokers capture more business, increase customer loyalty and manage risk more effectively by streamlining the back office and making operations run in real time, a vital task given today’s rising retail trade volumes, and increasingly savvy customers.

Andrew Ralich, co-founder and CEO at oneZero Financial Systems, says that over the past four years the retail FX industry has grown significantly. This growth has created a landscape where both competitive and regulatory pressures continue to test the limits of the traditional back office infrastructure, he notes, adding: “Lower trade size restrictions designed to attract business from emerging markets such as Asia, where micro-trading is immensely popular, have introduced a scaling challenge for pre and post-trade execution. The immense volume of requests that come from more accessible algorithmic trading platforms such as MetaTrader4 still needs to be archived, reconciled and audited. When oneZero got into the retail FX space, we were focused on addressing this challenge for large, enterprise-level brokers looking to offer the MT4 Platform, and are now able to build on that technology foundation to offer routing and back office solutions to organisations that are continuing to cope with the rise in...continued

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