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About FXCM

The FXCM Mission

The FXCM group of companies (collectively, the "FXCM Group") is a leading provider of online foreign exchange (forex) trading, CFD trading, spread betting and related services. Our mission is to inspire global traders with access to the world's largest and most liquid market. By offering the most innovative trading tools, hiring the best trading educators, and meeting strict financial standards to protect trader funds, we strive for the best online trading experience in the market.

Why Traders Choose FXCM

  • More than 220,000
    active accounts worldwide as of January 2015.

    With 800 employees, we are in 13 countries and are regulated across five entities.

  • 4 trading platforms:
    Trading Station, MetaTrader 4, Mirror Trader, and Zulutrade.

    We have 15 years of award-winning forex trading services.

  • $3.9 TRILLION
    in retail trading volume for 2015.

    Our No Dealing Desk (NDD) execution model is competitive, transparent and fair.

The new way to access a 24-hour forex market

1999

The new way to access a 24-hour forex market

In the late 1990s, a massive group of eager investors (people like you) wanted to trade forex, but easy access to the market simply wasn't there. We started FXCM in 1999 convinced that a unique online trading experience would allow the public, now armed with home computers and the internet, to do something extraordinary: trade the global currency market 24 hours a day.

By the end of our first year, we were trading $250 million a month—small compared to the massive $435 billion now, but a huge achievement for a new industry.

ADVOCATING FOR REGULATION AND INVESTOR PROTECTION

2001

ADVOCATING FOR REGULATION AND INVESTOR PROTECTION

Following the core ethical values of the company—integrity, honesty and fairness—we became a registered Futures Commission Merchant with the NFA, further confirming our place as a reputable broker by following stringent capital requirements and regulations.

BUILDING A GLOBAL COMMUNITY

2003

BUILDING A GLOBAL COMMUNITY

By nature, foreign exchange is global, so that's where we went. We first expanded outside the US with our London office. Soon, we opened offices in Paris, Sydney, Milan, Berlin, Tel-Aviv, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Toronto, Athens and other major economic capitals around the world.

REIMAGINING THE TRADITIONAL MODEL

2007

REIMAGINING THE TRADITIONAL MODEL

We wanted to overturn the traditional forex model of dealers directly profiting from client losses. Direct market access, we feel, is the fairest possible trading, which came to light when we introduced No Dealing Desk forex execution. NDD is the ideal parallel of interests—ours and our clients. Our clients trade on transparent buy and sell quotes streamed from multiple price providers 24 hours a day, five days a week.

Thanks to an outstanding client reaction to NDD, in November, we met a personal goal: We passed 100,000 accounts.

CRISIS AVERTED

2008

CRISIS AVERTED

When the 2008 financial crisis hit, thanks to our business model, FXCM was never in a dangerous position; in fact, we were thriving, with no debt, substantial cash holdings and an increasing client base. By 2010, we saw the true, fragile nature of many of our competitors and many forex traders became concerned about the safety of their funds. Our strong economic position allowed us to acquire multiple brokerages to enhance our capabilities and market share.

THE MOVE BEYOND FOREX

2009

THE MOVE BEYOND FOREX

Knowing the size and scope of FXCM's resources, our clients turned to us to unify their investments. They wanted to trade forex alongside oil, gold and stock indices. While regulations prevent CFD trading in the United States, our international offices began offering these special products to meet the demand for a multi-asset platform to diversify their investments.

NEW WAYS TO SIMPLIFY TRADING

2012

NEW WAYS TO SIMPLIFY TRADING

As our clients become better traders, they develop new ideas for strategies. Our development team codes these EAs, indicators and scripts to meet the demand for automation. We launched the FXCM Apps store to offer these useful trading apps, many of which are free, to traders of any experience level.

THE MOVE BEYOND RETAIL

2013

THE MOVE BEYOND RETAIL

As an increased number of financial institutions started coming to us for our institutional trading solutions for their businesses, we knew the time was right to expand our institutional offering: We developed a broad suite of platforms customizable to the specific needs of our business clients.

NO DEALING DESK: THE NEXT EVOLUTION

2014

NO DEALING DESK: THE NEXT EVOLUTION

The market was ripe for a change. Taking No Dealing Desk to its next level, we changed our business model. Our new spreads-plus-commission model brought in super-tight spreads and low commissions to give even more transparency to trades.

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