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Gearing up for MiFID 2: our preparations and plea to ESMA

19 September 2017

MifiD 2 – a pan-european piece of financial legislation applies from January 3rd, 2018.

10 years in the making, MifiD 2 builds on its predecessor, “to improve the functioning of financial markets, making them more efficient, resilient and transparent.”

Whilst the overall scope of MiFID 2 is way beyond our scope …

MiFID 2 & Retail Brokerage

But does it affect the retail brokerage industry?

Quite a lot. ESMA, the Pan-european regulator behind MiFID2, has its eyes set on CFDs – intervening using rare legislative prerogatives reserved for “high priority” situations.

Why is that? Because retail trading has grown a lot (the trader movement is strong!). Unfortunately, it’s done so with teething problems that need fixing, pronto. In its statement, ESMA announces regime changes combining (and hopefully harmonising) the various measures introduced by national regulators, including:

  1. Leverage limits,
  2. Guaranteed limits on client losses, and / or
  3. Restrictions on the marketing and distribution of these products.

National strategies so far – our take

If we were in ESMA’s shoes, we’d make retail OTC trading “efficient, resilient and transparent” by forcing CFDs on Exchange, because this would tame the conflict of interest between retail traders and market makers. Without conflict, who would want retail traders blowing up? What would be the point of leverage limits, guaranteed stop-losses or marketing restrictions? (Could this be why IG are working on their own MTF?).

If you want more insight on why, in our view, on Exchange is the only way:

Alas, national regulators haven’t suggested on Exchange for now… so we hope whatever ESMA comes up with overcomes the limitations of:

  1. FCA: Leverage limits (NB the FCA has since delayed policy to follow ESMA)
  2. BaFin: Guaranteed limits on client losses as introduced in Germany…

MiFID 2 – the Darwinex way

In any case, we’re luckily not in ESMA’s shoes (not an easy job!). We’re in our own – and there’s plenty we can – and will – do in the meantime.

Since launching Darwinex broker 3 years ago, we’ve NEVER traded against customers (and NEVER will). Instead, we invest in them. Slowly but surely… the likes of NTI prove that listing independent traders creates an asset, and that investor leverage is the sustainable business model.

And yet, on Exchange or off Exchange, more and more people actively invest their savings. Which unfortunately also means too many gamble away more than they can afford. The problem is: too many quit before learning how to do it. Because that’s bad (for them and for us), we’re re-vamping on-boarding procedures for even more alignment and transparency.

Without disclosing methodology & parameters (this could incentivise people to “game” the system against their own best interest), available leverage for users will depend on:

  1. Proven or proveable experience/training when trading with leverage
  2. Solvency – because no-one should risk capital they can’t afford to lose

MiFID 2 – what it means in practice

NB: all users will be allowed to purchase DARWINs – within their stated risk appetite. This is because DARWINs are comparatively low leverage (rarely more than 5:1)

We will segment the Trading user base using both pieces of information, and transition from:

  1. Inappropriate -> the aspiring traders’ gaps in either or both criteria are too large. We won’t accept his trades until he’s ready (watch out for more news in the educational space)
  2. On transit -> it’s appropriate for the user to trade, but we will restrict the leverage he can deploy
  3. Unlocked -> user has acquired enough experience. We will offer him/her all the leverage available to customers at any given time

We will disclose our internal categorisation to customers so they know where they are in their evolution from “novice” to “maximum” leverage.

In addition to the above segmentation, we will apply two further controls:

  1. For investors: from day 1, the risk management engine tracks Equity at Risk (EaR) for every investor portfolio. Investors can’t buy more exposure than their maximum risk threshold at any point in time – investors can only sell once they reach the maximum threshold
  2. For all customers: we will track customers’ overall P&L (for trading and investing), informing them about it. We will also warn when the threshold is exceeded. And we may withdraw permission to trade if we feel it’s inappropriate for him/her to continue trading

Last, but not least, the restrictions apply to new customers only.

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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.