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For Forex Traders To Start Your Own 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.
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)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Typical profit margins for retail FX brokerage is 28.81%. That is almost double of average profit margin for US firms across all industries.

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
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: The Ultimate Dictionary of Forex Terms You Should Know

About Advanced Markets

Advanced Markets brings true Direct Market Access (DMA) liquidity, credit and technology solutions to the foreign exchange, energy, precious metals and CFD markets. The firm offers its wholesale services to institutional clients globally, providing trade execution and prime brokerage solutions directly to banks, hedge funds, commodity trading advisors, corporations and other institutional market participants. By delivering anonymous, low latency access to multi-bank, multi-asset liquidity, Advanced Markets presents a compelling alternative to the single and multi-bank RFQ and ECN models currently available to institutional traders. The Advanced Markets model takes the competitive, multi-bank elements of RFQ platforms and combines them with the low latency, transparency and anonymity of ECNs servicing traders seeking consistent, interbank liquidity.

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