Breaking: FXCM Prepares MetaTrader 5 Launch, UK Revenues for 2016 Rise

MetaTrader 5 is taking charge as FXCM is preparing new platforms for its clients.

FXCM UK is preparing to launch a MetaTrader 5 offering and a web-based version of the company’s own Trading Station platform. The change underscores the success of the shift away from MetaTrader 4, which was actively started by the software developer of the platform, MetaQuotes.

The move could be the needed final boost that MetaTrader 5 needs in order to cement the transition of clients from the legacy MetaTrader 4 platform. MetaQuotes has been actively expanding its client list and has been increasing support fees for the older version of the most popular trading platform in the industry.

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In a filing with the UK Companies House, the FCA regulated subsidiary of FXCM highlights that it is not facing any regulatory backlash in the aftermath of the CFTC & NFA settlement with Forex Capital Markets LLC earlier this year. The company was the parent of FXCM UK.

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FXCM UK 2016 Financials

FXCM UK has posted its official annual report with the UK Companies House, outlining that the company posted an increase in revenues of 59 percent to $87 million. The firm marked a profit before tax totaling $2.3 million, compared to a loss of $19 million in 2015. The numbers are substantially different due to the extraordinary events on the 15th of January 2015, when the Swiss National Bank removed the floor from the EUR/CHF exchange rate.

Client funds decreased materially in 2016, falling to $348.5 million, a decline of 19.5 percent. The number reflects subdued client trading activity in the aftermath of Brexit and the US election, which were the main triggers for FX traders last year. Retail trading volumes declined by just over 7 percent to $2.3 trillion.

The firm’s regulatory capital increased by 9 percent to $83.4 million, with the company’s Tier 1 capital ratio amounting to 30.3 percent, up from 22.1 percent in 2015. FXCM UK marked a net loss for the full year, amounting to $7.8 million after marking a $9.5 million deferred tax charge.

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