FXCM , also known as Forex Capital Markets , is a retail foreign exchange broker, now run from London after being banned from United States markets for defrauding its customers.
FXCM allows retail clients to speculate on the foreign exchange market and provides trading in contract for difference CFDs on major indices and commodities such as gold and crude oil.
Global Brokerage owns a Leucadia National Corp owns the other Leucadia does not own any shares in Global Brokerage. FXCM owns about The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of At least three sets of lawsuits have been filed against the parent firm, Global Brokerage, Inc.
Shareholders contend that they were misled by the company's initial public offering prospectus or otherwise defrauded by management. Former customers contend that they were defrauded by the claim that they were trading on a "no dealing desk" system. FXCM says that the trades were cancelled because the prices they quoted were changed more slowly than actual market prices, and that Shurbanova was trading to take advantage of the price discrepancies.
The market capitalization of Global Brokerage, Inc. Forex Capital Markets was founded in in New York, and was one of the early developers of online forex trading. Bennett was later convicted of the fraud.
By the online retail forex market began to grow, though it was commonly considered a risky market, full of fraud and speculation. The "dealing desk" or market-maker system of trading with customers created distrust for retail forex traders. Customers could only trade directly with their brokers who took the opposite side of the trade.
Whenever the customer profited, the broker would lose money, creating a conflict of interest. In FXCM began using the "no dealing desk" system of trading, stating that all customer trades were made with independent market-makers and that there would be no conflict of interest between FXCM and their customers. The increase was in response to the failures of some forex brokers, and it allowed FXCM to acquire new business from some of its smaller competitors who either ceased all operations or moved out of the US.
When our customer executes a trade on the best price quotation offered by our FX market makers, we act as a credit intermediary, or riskless principal, simultaneously entering into offsetting trades with both the customer and the FX market maker.
We earn fees by adding a markup to the price provided by the FX market makers and generate our trading revenues based on the volume of transactions, not trading profits or losses.
The following year, in February and March , several class actions lawsuits were filed against FXCM, alleging fraud and racketeering from deceptive and unfair trade practices, and misleading shareholders during the IPO.
On October 25, , three debtors, Certified, Inc. The complaint seeks an unspecified amount of compensatory and punitive damages, interests, and costs. FXCM promised its customers a "no dealing desk" trading system, taking prices from a number of major banks and market makers. This system allowed clients to trade the best price at any given time. This is also known as a direct market access DMA system, in contrast to a market maker system more commonly used by forex brokers. In a "dealing desk" or market marker system, FXCM would be the counterparty to every trade and would profit only when its customers lost money, and would lose money whenever its customers profited.
In a "no dealing desk" system FXCM would act simply as a broker , getting a commission on every trade, while the banks and market makers took the risk on the trades and FXCM avoided a conflict of interest. The Commission found that a closely related company was acting as the main market maker for its trades, and that FXCM lied to its customers about the market maker.
FXCM no longer advertises the "no dealing desk" system on its main website, but continues to advertise it on its UK website. On April 27, Leucadia National Corp. Four class action suits against Global Brokerage by shareholders were consolidated in the U. On June 6, Effex Capital, the closely related company indicated in the complaint filed in February, filed a libel case against NFA.
The Convertible Notes mature on June 15, At that time, we will be obligated to repay the aggregate principal amount of the Convertible Notes.
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