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10 March 2015

Following on from our mini survey last week asking for your input on webinars, we’ve scheduled our first one for 20th March.  You gave us some great feedback on topics and the one that came up the most was around understanding more about how to become a DARWIN provider and manage investor capital legally on […]

Following on from our mini survey last week asking for your input on webinars, we’ve scheduled our first one for 20th March.  You gave us some great feedback on topics and the one that came up the most was around understanding more about how to become a DARWIN provider and manage investor capital legally on our exchange.

You can register for this webinar here.

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CHF – Business as usual

16 January 2015

George Soros broke the Bank of England on September 16th, 1992. Online trading wasn’t invented back then, so no retail dealers lost money betting against smart retail traders. January 15th, 2015 , those smart enough to smell blood when central bankers pledge to “enforce the minimum exchange rate with the utmost determination“, broke the Swiss National […]

George Soros broke the Bank of England on September 16th, 1992. Online trading wasn’t invented back then, so no retail dealers lost money betting against smart retail traders.
January 15th, 2015 , those smart enough to smell blood when central bankers pledge to “enforce the minimum exchange rate with the utmost determination“, broke the Swiss National Bank. By golly, it looks as though the CHF bloodbath is a day several household names in the FX dealer space will not forget.
Darwinex was business as (almost) usual. It wasn’t fully usual because we lost a negligible amount as some customers were margined out and there was no market for them (and therefore, us) to stop their (therefore, our) losses. Then again, broadly speaking, our policy of matching all trades on exchange paid off. Yesterday, like every-day, we were only exposed to negligible counterparty risk. Which means that any the P&L for any trades closed with us was binding, and we will NEVER e-mail a customer to re-quote  ANY trade. And since we’re an FCA regulated matched principal broker, YOUR P&L and account balance is in exactly the same privileged position.
If you don’t appreciate the value in that, go ask your friends trading with unregulated dealers.
Looking forward, retail FX will never be the same after this. Hopefully this is a lesson we all, including traders and brokers, but also regulators, learn from. In our humble opinion, the days of OTC (retail) forex are possibly counted.
For our part, we’re in the process of reviewing our leverage policy – we have always recommended to limit leverage,  but now realise we should have gone one step further.

If you want to go fast … go alone

2 January 2015

If you want to go far… go together. We won’t deliver on our mission to return markets to people by ourselves. But that’s actually great: because valued partners like 50 give us daily inspiration to keep up. Thank you 50, great to be in this with you. PS: looking for a trusted trading mentor, feel […]

If you want to go far… go together.

We won’t deliver on our mission to return markets to people by ourselves.

But that’s actually great: because valued partners like 50 give us daily inspiration to keep up.

Thank you 50, great to be in this with you.

PS:

looking for a trusted trading mentor, feel free to visit his blog or watch this video. 100% trader aligned, no market making sponsored BS here!

 

 

 

X-Mas 2014 Changes

23 December 2014

We’re introducing wide-ranging change to accommodate the gradual release of the investor platform in 2015, starting today. Trader related information As we  open up for investors, trader specific information will be restricted to users who either link an MT4 account or trade a Darwinex MT4 account. The reason for this is that DARWINs are intrinsically different from […]

We’re introducing wide-ranging change to accommodate the gradual release of the investor platform in 2015, starting today.

Trader related information

As we  open up for investors, trader specific information will be restricted to users who either link an MT4 account or trade a Darwinex MT4 account. The reason for this is that DARWINs are intrinsically different from the trading strategy they’re based on, and as such the detailed diagnostic of the trading strategy is  relevant in the context of a trader trying to increase the investability of his DARWIN, but not  much less so to a DARWIN investor.

Note: demo accounts will continue to enjoy basic diagnostics (return, risk, behaviour, etc.) but will not be diagnosed for Darwinex Investment Attributes (timing, discipline, scalability, etc.) going forward.

Investable DARWINS

The new performance standard is set by investors: going forward the only public information available to unlogged users will be investable DARWINs.

This means: only live, funded accounts traded with Darwinex will be accesible to investors. Demo accounts and live accounts not executed by us will not be displayed.

DARWINs list

Alpha investor platform testers wanted

The first batch of live investor user accounts will be allowed access to the platform from January onwards. More investors will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If you want to contribute to the effort (and enjoy first-come access to some seriously sexy DARWINS), feel free to comment on this blog-post.

Stay tuned…

Because this is literally the tip of the coming ice-berg!

 

Benzinga FinTech Awards

13 December 2014

Thank you for all your support in this year’s Benzinga FinTech awards. So far we’re had over 150 votes, more than enough needed to get us through to the next round.  The competition is tough though, so please keep showing your support on the link below. As part of the competition, one of our co-founders Juan […]

Thank you for all your support in this year’s Benzinga FinTech awards. So far we’re had over 150 votes, more than enough needed to get us through to the next round.  The competition is tough though, so please keep showing your support on the link below.

As part of the competition, one of our co-founders Juan was interviewed by the president of Benzinga, Kyle Bazzy. Here’s the interview:

Your DarwinEX widgets

31 October 2014

We thought it’d be useful to explain the use of your DarwinEX widgets in this blog post for future reference. Deploying your widget All you need is visit the widgets section in the main DarwinEX user menu. Understanding the syntax The widget syntax contains the following variables: Widget type: there’s currently 3 types of widgets, feel […]

We thought it’d be useful to explain the use of your DarwinEX widgets in this blog post for future reference.

Deploying your widget

All you need is visit the widgets section in the main DarwinEX user menu.

Understanding the syntax

The widget syntax contains the following variables:

  • Widget type: there’s currently 3 types of widgets, feel free to share ideas for more!
  • Strategy holder: DarwinEX user name of the strategy
  • Strategy code: DarwinEX code for the strategy
  • Widget publisher: DarwinEX user name for the user publishing the widget
  • Size in pixels (note this is widget dependent)

The example below shows the syntax for the return widget in a hypothetical case where SatoTrader publishes the return for his strategy WGD.4.

Return_Risk_Drawdown

Risk / Return / Drawdown widget

We have not implemented any authentication to keep things simple – data is public on our LeaderBoard anyways. Rules of engagement

  1. Any DarwinEX user may publish the track-record for any linked or traded with DarwinEX.
  2. Any lead first visiting DarwinEX via the widget is credited to the scouting account of the publisher, provided the publisher coincides with the strategy holder

This means that anyone CAN publish (e.g. usurp) someone else’s track record. BUT unless we make an exception (which we may do for trusted educational providers) he/she will NOT be credited for leads. We sometimes tolerate selfish behaviour if it results in a selfless contribution to the Independent Trader movement 🙂 Questions / Suggestions? As ever, feel free to reach out to info@darwinex.com. Ignacio, Vladi & Co. will be happy to listen & help!

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. -- % 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.