Start Your Own Brokerage

The program from Advanced Markets and Fortex includes a number of packages with different service bundles to accommodate any business model - Find yours!

 

Start Your Own Brokerage Packages Include:

  • Assistance in Company Formation, opening of Corporate Bank accounts and obtaining any necessary licenses if applicable
  • Multiple front ends with your own corporate branding: Fortex 5, Fortex 6 Desktop, Fortex6 Web MT4, MetaTrader 4, MetaTrader 5
  • Ability to run B Book, Hybrid or Full STP execution models
  • Leading Enterprise Risk Management Software powered by Fortex
  • Prime Brokerage Service and Institutional Liquidity from Advanced Markets, FCA and ASIC licensed wholesale institutional liquidity provider

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Quick Start

up to 500 active users :

Branded MT4

Free Bridge

Free PAMM

8 Client Grops

Shared Server

Free Consultation

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Platinum

up to 15,000 active users :

Branded MT4

Free Bridge

Free PAMM

24 Client Grops

Full Server

Free Consultation

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Frequently Asked Questions

๐Ÿ—ธ What is the startup capital needed to launch an FX brokerage?

Your startup capital will depend on business model and jurisdiction you will select your brokerage to operate in. Initial investment may very between 50,000 USD to 1.5 MLN USD if you need to comply with regulatory capital requirements in certain jurisdictions.

๐Ÿ—ธ How many people do I need day 1 in my FX brokerage?

As in any startup, you may need to wear many hats in the beginning to get the business off the ground. As you prove the concept, you will need to hire the following staff:
1) Compliance and onboarding (most of it can be automated, however, human review is required for some application processing)
2) 2-3 dealers that will monitor and manage the risk in case you decide to deploy a market maker model, or this can be outsourced
3) IT administrator to administer your server and network (server administration can be handled by a service vendor if you purchase a white label solution)
4) Customer support
5) Marketing

๐Ÿ—ธ What are the typical running monthly fixed and variable costs?

Depending on the jurisdiction you are operating in and countries you solicit clients from, your typical running costs may vary between $5,000 usd per month in fixed costs for an offshore registered online retail brokerage to upwards of $100,000 USD per month in fixes fees for a brokerage operating in top tier jurisdictions.

๐Ÿ—ธ What kind of platforms should my brokerage offer for retail FX trading?

Most popular retail FX trading platform in the world is MetaTrader 4, or MT4 (and Metatrader 5 is a new generation of MT4). Platform offers algorithmic trading capabilities within its integrated development environment.
There are other commercial platforms available, but companies operating them are much smaller in scale.
Many large, well-established brokers have their own in-house built platforms which are expensive to develop and maintain.

๐Ÿ—ธ Do I need an office for my FX brokerage? 

Depending on how you are planning to solicit clients, you may or may not need an office. If you are planning to fully rely on online marketing, the office might not be required.
However, if your plan is to do seminars and convert clients onsite, you will need a class A office: blog.advancedmarketsfx.com/setting-up-an-office-for-your-fx-brokerage

๐Ÿ—ธ What is the profit margin for retail FX brokerage business?

Typical profit margins for retail FX brokerage is 28.81%. That is almost double of average profit margin for US firms across all industries.  

๐Ÿ—ธ What kind of leverage can my retail FX brokerage offer to its clients?

Leverage that FX brokerage can extend to its client is governed by the regulator that is overseeing the brokerage industry in the country where broker is licensed.
Post global financial crisis of 2008, there is a tendency in most jurisdictions to limit and lower leverage (ESMA in EU, Dodd Frank in the US). 
If you are operating from the offshore jurisdiction, you may not have any leverage restrictions, however. blog.advancedmarketsfx.com/fx-leverage-globally

๐Ÿ—ธ What kind of FX market terminology do I need to know to run my FX brokerage business?

Fx Market has a lot of unique terminology that you will need to learn in order to understand and navigate the market. Start familiarize yourself early: blog.advancedmarketsfx.com/fx-glossary-the-ultimate-dictionary-of-forex-terms-you-should-know

๐Ÿ—ธ Once I started and grew my FX brokerage, can I sell it?

Yes, you can sell your brokerage to a larger financial firm, private equity firm or a banking institution. You can expect 3.38x revenue multiple on average: blog.advancedmarketsfx.com/fx-brokerage-owner-what-is-your-exit-strategy

๐Ÿ—ธ Where should I register my new brokerage?

There are a few considerations when selecting were to register your clients. Firstly, you need to start with the country where most of your clients reside and 
you have a plan to solicit clients from. This will naturally be your top choice. 
If you have budget constraints, you may register and license your FX brokerage in offshore jurisdiction, however, keep in mind that this will prevent you from openly soliciting clients outside of this jurisdictions.
Most of the time, budget and regulatory climate are the major driving forces behind the choice of jurisdiction to register. Advanced Markets specialists have helped over 500 brokerages to get established in the past 10 years and can guide you in your research.

๐Ÿ—ธ Where can I get a bank account for my brokerage?

Banking is the biggest pain point for fx brokerages as in most jurisdictions FX is considered a high-risk speculative investment and is heavily regulated. Banks generally favorably look at the companies that do have financial services license. It is easier to open a bank account in the jurisdiction where your company is registered/licensed at.
Depending on the type of license you hold, banking solutions available to you may vary in terms of quality and fees.
Note, that in most jurisdictions it is a requirement as well as a widely adopted best practice to keep company operating account and client money accounts separate.
Advanced Markets specialists have helped over 500 brokerages to find the right banking solutions through our network of partners in the past 10 years and can guide you in your research. 

๐Ÿ—ธ What kind of CRM should I use for my fx brokerage?

Mainstream CRMs may take a great deal of time and effort to integrate with FX trading ecosystem. Most FX brokerages either use commercial CRMs that are built for brokerage businesses or develop their own.
Advanced Markets specialists have helped over 500 brokerages to find the right CRM solutions through our network of partners in the past 10 years and can guide you in your research: blog.advancedmarketsfx.com/traders-room-and-crm-for-your-fx-brokerage-101

๐Ÿ—ธ Do I need customer support or a call center to run FX brokerage?

As the number of accounts grows, you will need to deploy a call center to and 24/7 customer support team to monitor trading environment and answer customer's queries. You can either do it in house, or outsource.

๐Ÿ—ธ What kind of marketing do I need for my forex broker?

All traditional online and offline marketing tools are available to Forex marketers.
Traditionally, forex brokerages do a lot of search engine advertising, banner ads and affiliate marketing. In recent years, sports sponsorships became very popular 
as brand marketing tool. Something to keep in mind is that recently tech companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter started doing additional checks and their own licensing verification for financial brokerage firms, therefore, you may not be able to advertise your services using Google and others in the countries were you are not licensed.
blog.advancedmarketsfx.com/change-to-google-search-to-impact-your-forex-broker-marketing
blog.advancedmarketsfx.com/fx-marketing-advertising-in-china-wechat

๐Ÿ—ธ Can I offer managed forex account program?

Most retail FX brokerages offer managed forex accounts. Technically, this is facilitate by plug-ins to the server that automate deal allocation and performance calculations.
Introduction of managed fx programs has proven to boost FX brokerage's revenue by 30% on average.https://blog.advancedmarketsfx.com/what-is-the-best-mam-system-for-mt4-mt5

๐Ÿ—ธ What do you need to start FX brokerage?

1. Legal (Incorporation, License, Bank Account, Payment Processors)
2. Technology (Hosting, Trading Platform, Bridge or Gateway, Aggregator, Plugins)
3. Liquidity for the STP Model or a reliable Price Feed for a B-book model
4. Your Web Site + Client Portal (Or Traders Room)
5. Marketing... Check this for further information: blog.advancedmarketsfx.com/fx-leverage-globally

๐Ÿ—ธ What is the failure rate? What are the main reasons?

As with any startup business, the failure rate is high (over 50%). Retail FX businesses that do not fail are the ones that pay attention to market risk and mitigate it and firms that can figure out how to successfully scale the business in stringent regulatory environment.

๐Ÿ—ธ What are the biggest threats to FX brokerage business?

Regulation and market risk are the two biggest threats to your brokerage business. Flash crash events can have a catastrophic effect to your business. Regulations can change unexpectedly and if you are not prepared for it may drastically shift your business in the unprofitable territory.

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