MF Global acquires Strategy Runner for $3.75m

Strategy Runner is a combination of an advanced charting package and a strategy exchange where a retail trader can pick

Strategy Runner is a combination of an advanced charting package and a strategy exchange where a retail trader can pick from hundreds of trading strategies – mainly for the futures industry. It’s a very interesting deal for MF, especially given the announced price, the question is how will dozens of Strategy Runner clients react to these news. Having met the Strategy Runner team sometime ago I can only say that MF has invested here not only in technology but also in great people.

MF Global Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: MF), a broker-dealer providing trading and hedging solutions, today announced that it has acquired Strategy Runner Trading Ltd., a multi-asset front-end trading system and algorithmic trading solutions provider that enables professional traders and retail investors the ability to access, automate, distribute and implement trading strategies. The firm paid $3.75 million for the acquisition.

This acquisition advances MF Global’s strategy to build a comprehensive multi-asset, multi-currency, electronic trading platform to meet demand among retail investors and professional traders for efficient, cost-effective global market access from a single point of entry. Strategy Runner’s platform currently offers trading in futures, foreign exchange and contracts for difference (CFD) markets around the world. MF Global intends to expand this offering over time.

The firm recently restructured its Retail Services division to better serve global retail clients and professional traders. The realignment of the business focused on leveraging MF Global’s geographic footprint and diverse product offering to create a unified and scalable, customer-focused retail platform.

“As one of the world’s leading futures and options brokers, we’re maximizing the power of our global resources and brand to provide broad market access and better serve our key client segments,” said Randy MacDonald, global head of Retail Services, MF Global. “Through the strategic addition of Strategy Runner, we will work to build an enhanced platform for clients to execute unique, automated trading strategies across multiple asset classes. We believe our global distribution coupled with Strategy Runner’s innovative platform will offer best-in-class service and opportunities to investors and traders around the world.”

“We are thrilled to be joining MF Global,” said Yakov Becker, chief executive officer, Strategy Runner Trading. “We’re proud of the progress we’ve made in creating this platform and excited about the opportunities presented by this combination and the potential to accelerate investment and distribution of our products. We look forward to continuing to serve Strategy Runner clients, and expand our offering to retail investors around the world.”

About Strategy Runner

The Strategy Runner trading platform provides a professional, customizable charting package, an all-inclusive analytics package complete with hundreds of technical indicators and money management features including trade-outs and scale-outs. For individual investors, Strategy Runner provides access to third-party trading strategies via Strategy Exchange, which enables clients to utilize algorithmic trading techniques and gain exposure to the benefits of alternative markets.

About MF Global

MF Global (NYSE: MF) is one of the world’s leading brokers of commodities and listed derivatives. The firm delivers trading and hedging solutions as a broker-dealer across all major markets for futures and options, commodities, fixed income, equities and foreign exchange. MF Global provides access to more than 70 exchanges around the world and is a leader by volume on many of the largest derivatives exchanges. The firm is also one of 22 primary dealers authorized to trade U.S. government securities with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. MF Global helps clients discover and capitalize on market opportunities by providing actionable insight, market expertise and deep liquidity. For more information please visit mfglobal.com.

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