Best of the Week: UK, Germany CFD Markets on the Rise, IG Revenues Up

Romania arrests three over data theft, CFTC charges scam operator for $16 million.

Last week was hectic, with Romanian and US regulatory authorities cracking down on illegal operations. The UK and Germany have both been seeing upward trends in their CFD metrics. Q8 Securities announced a new broker in the Middle East, while IG Group plans to launch a multilateral facility in the EU.

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UK, German CFD Markets on The Rise

On Monday, global research house Investment Trends released its annual UK Leverage Trading report. It revealed considerable growth in the number of CFD traders, and that this market saw a 21 percent increase in gains on a year-on-year basis. According to the document, the CFD trading industry in the UK has just under 150,000 traders. The main catalyst of the growth was Plus500.

On Thursday, Investment Trends published a study regarding the behavior of CFDs and forex traders in Germany. This report showed growth in the number of CFD traders despite the low volatility in the stock market.

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Q8 Securities’ New Brokerage in the Middle East

On Monday, Finance Magnates exclusively reported Q8 Securities having joined a growing group of forex and CFDs online trading companies that have launched in the Middle East with its own Kuwait-based subsidiary, Q8 Trade. The new CFDs and forex brokerage shows that Q8 Securities is making a beeline for an emerging market. It is expected to then move into the MENA region and the Gulf states.

CTFC Binary Options Charges Operator for $16 Million Scam

On Tuesday, the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) charged a resident of the state of California for having orchestrated a scam operation via a number of binary options affiliate websites. The accused was illegally soliciting traders to brokers through offshore entities. The total damages are estimated at around $16 million.

IG Group Announces Upcoming MTF Launch in EU

On Tuesday, IG Group released its full year results, that revealed UK and Europe operational revenue coming to £330 million. About £78 million of this had been attributed to equities trading. The total revenues reached the £491.1 million mark, increasing by 7.6 percent from 2016. In addition, the company discussed its upcoming Multi-Lateral Trading Facility (MTF) for its operation within the European Union.

Romania Arrests Three Hackers for Stealing Personal Information from a Cypriot Broker’s CRM

On Thursday, the Romanian Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) arrested three men who stole the personal data of an unnamed Cypriot broker’s clients. Roşoiu Darie Leone, Iliescu Stefan Virgil, and Vîlceanu Ionut managed to access the online trading company’s CRM, where names, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, and other sensitive details were stored. The men had the intention of selling the illegally obtained information for more than €80,000.

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