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Bye, Bye, 2015 – Hello 2016!

4 January 2016

End of December is the time of the year where most reflect back on their ups and downs in the year that’s closing, and gather strength to implement New Year resolutions.

On that note, here’s a look back on what happened this side of the evolutionary guerrilla in 2015, and some hints as to what’s coming in 2016.

Bye Bye 2015

January started with a big-bang. The 15th, the Swiss National Bank decided to rock the boat… and taught many lucky traders & brokers (including us!) a lesson they won’t forget. Others (brokers and traders) weren’t lucky enough to survive it 🙁

February had the team working around the clock to unveil the live investor beta – and 200 of our users were generous enough to try the platform with live monies.  Your trust means the world to the traders listing their first DARWINs. Plus we’ve learnt valuable lessons on where to take the product next. THANK YOU guys.

 

Killing bug after bug kept us busy for the better part of 3 months. But then again, invaluable help from many of you guys (thank you, 50 and all their group), fellow friends in Sweden, and so many others – you know who you are! God knows the patience you had to exercise 🙂

May was a good month for the DARWIN community – with a 2% positive yield for the month! Who said that independent trader strategies lose systematically?

June was busy – all these Darwinian filters to slice & dice the Darwinian community!

We spent the summer, working away on something new. Meanwhile, you guys were so generous referring friends that new deposits in July totalled more than ALL deposits in 2014. Now that’s evolution at work!

September was time for yet another foolish idea. In addition to paying customers for trading consistently, we started investing in them. More than EUR 1 MM of our own capital is already deployed with the winners of the DarwinIA contest. It’s still early days, but we’re confident that in the long run, we’ll be the first broker where publicity stunts make us money.

October wasn’t easy. We’d promised we’d launch indices & commodities, but failed to launch. Sorry – things have a habit of taking longer than expected!

November saw indices & commodities (finally) introduced. On the plus side, everyone liked it: trading volumes have been soaring since.

December saw the first Tradeslide / Darwinex employees shed a few tears of joy. 3 years and a name change after we started, the investor platform left beta and was opened for business as usual. Seems very long, but hey, human evolution took millions of years, and we’ve only taken 3!

Hello 2016!

So much stuff has changed,  keeps changing and will change, it feels hard to look beyond the first quarter!

Having said that, here’s some hints.

  1. YES –  MT4 server time is switching to NY close. People are overwhelmingly in favour of the change, and we’ve been saying this for months. Unfortunately, (or so our CTO says) there’s some risk that the change might mess up with the database of historical trades, so we have to be careful in planning for it. Sorry. Won’t be long now.
  2. The 1st Quarter will see a new investing concept from us. Can’t disclose much more at this stage – but rest assured, it’s darwinian 🙂
  3. Skilled traders are our lifeblood, and we know. After the launch of the new investing feature, future product evolution will be trader led.

Feel free to reach out with ideas, now’s the time to ask…  but above all, it’s time to celebrate.

Thank you guys. We wouldn’t be here without you. Happy 2016!

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Last night’s incident on MT4 micro indices

14 November 2019

Our MT4 feed on some “micro” indices went down in the night from November 13th to November 14th, 2019. NB: the downtime did NOT affect FX pairs, commodities, stocks and cryptos on MT4, and MT5 operated as normal. This blog post explains what happened and what we did about it. What happened One of our Prime Brokers […]

Our MT4 feed on some “micro” indices went down in the night from November 13th to November 14th, 2019.

NB: the downtime did NOT affect FX pairs, commodities, stocks and cryptos on MT4, and MT5 operated as normal.

This blog post explains what happened and what we did about it.

What happened

One of our Prime Brokers had issues with their “micro” Liquidity Provider on STOXX50E, UK100, GER30 and WS30 in the very early European morning.

We worked with them to isolate, then fix the root cause  and resumed streaming later in the European morning.

Our decision

Our Operations Department has proactively reviewed all affected orders. We will pay affected customers wherever a compensation is due. Luckily enough, some of our customers benefited from this incident and made larger profits than they planned!

If you feel any of your orders ought to be reviewed, kindly reach out to info@darwinex.com. As ever, don’t forget to mention your MT4 account number and (where possible), Order ID.

We keep working hard to improve our liquidity, the better our LPs, the lower the chances that this sort of incidents take place.

Please accept our sincerest apologies for the inconvenience and do let us know if doubts remain. We’ll do our utmost to clarify!

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Upcoming Holiday in Japan on November 4th

31 October 2019

There is a public holiday in Japan on Monday, 4th of November. Kindly note that during this time spreads may be wider and liquidity may be thinner. Bank holidays may also give rise to changes on the applicable swap rates.

There is a public holiday in Japan on Monday, 4th of November. Kindly note that during this time spreads may be wider and liquidity may be thinner. Bank holidays may also give rise to changes on the applicable swap rates. For any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to info@darwinex.com.

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Upcoming Holiday In New Zealand Resulting In The Possibility Of Wider Spread

25 October 2019

Please be aware that there is a public holiday in New Zealand on Monday, October 28th during which spreads may be wider and liquidity may be thinner. For any questions, reach out to info@darwinex.com.

Please be aware that there is a public holiday in New Zealand on Monday, October 28th during which spreads may be wider and liquidity may be thinner. For any questions, reach out to info@darwinex.com.

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MetaTrader and Wine / PlayOnMac incompatibility on MacOS Catalina

18 October 2019

We’d like to inform you that MetaTrader terminals are currently not working correctly when using Wine or PlayOnMac on MacOS Catalina. CodeWeavers (developers of Wine) are already working on fixing this. We recommend that if you use Wine or PlayOnMac on MacOS, you postpone updating the operating system to MacOS Catalina until a solution is […]

We’d like to inform you that MetaTrader terminals are currently not working correctly when using Wine or PlayOnMac on MacOS Catalina. CodeWeavers (developers of Wine) are already working on fixing this.

We recommend that if you use Wine or PlayOnMac on MacOS, you postpone updating the operating system to MacOS Catalina until a solution is ready.

In the meantime, users who are already affected can continue using MetaTrader on MacOS by installing Windows as an alternative OS or by using Parallels.

For any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at info@darwinex.com.

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Margin increase on 18 October 2019 (Professional Clients only)

17 October 2019

Please be informed that our margin requirements for Professional Clients are changing on Friday (18 October 2019) around 17:00 UK time due to the uncertainty around the Brexit negotiations. Retail Clients are not affected by this change. The new margin requirements described below will remain in force until further notice. In this connection, please note that the new margin requirements […]

Please be informed that our margin requirements for Professional Clients are changing on Friday (18 October 2019) around 17:00 UK time due to the uncertainty around the Brexit negotiations. Retail Clients are not affected by this change.

The new margin requirements described below will remain in force until further notice.

In this connection, please note that the new margin requirements will affect both EXISTING and NEW positions. Kindly make sure you have enough available margin / equity in your account for the days leading up to and during the voting/announcement of results.

 

 

Instrument Current Margin New Margin (Brexit)
FOREX
EURAUD 1.00% 2.00%
EURCAD 1.00% 2.00%
EURCHF 1.00% 2.00%
EURGBP 0.50% 2.00%
EURJPY 0.50% 2.00%
EURNOK 1.00% 2.00%
EURNZD 1.00% 2.00%
EURUSD 0.50% 2.00%
GBPAUD 1.00% 2.00%
GBPCAD 1.00% 2.00%
GBPCHF 1.00% 2.00%
GBPJPY 0.50% 2.00%
GBPNOK 1.00% 2.00%
GBPNZD 1.00% 2.00%
GBPSEK 1.00% 2.00%
GBPUSD 0.50% 2.00%
COMMODITIES
XAUUSD 0.50% 2.00%
INDICES
STOXX50E 2.00% 3.00%
UK100 2.00% 3.00%

 

For the ease of reference, Margin in % =  (1/max. leverage)* 100. In other words:

0.50 % = 1:200 leverage

1.00 % = 1:100 leverage

2.00 % = 1:50 leverage, etc.

Need help? At info@darwinex.com we’ll be happy to assist you!

 

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Potential High Volatility upon Market Open on Sunday Oct 20th

15 October 2019

We’d like to inform our traders of the possible extraordinary UK parliamentary sitting on Saturday October 19th, 2019 where a vote may be held on any Brexit deal achieved at the EU Council meeting this week.

We’d like to inform our traders of the possible extraordinary UK parliamentary sitting on Saturday October 19th, 2019 where a vote may be held on any Brexit deal achieved at the EU Council meeting this week.

Due to the uncertainty created by this event, we urge our traders to proceed cautiously as market moves may be large. Particular attention should be paid to the market open on Sunday October 20th, where there is potential for high volatility which may cause market gaps.

To manage their account effectively, traders should review margin rates and that there is sufficient collateral to cover their exposure.

For any questions, reach out to info@darwinex.com and we’ll be happy to help.

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 66 % of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.