Why Client Flow Needs to Be Matched Against Appropriate Liquidity Pools

Posted by Barry Flanigan on Jun 26, 2020 9:06:00 AM

In a follow-up to my recent post on Aggregation & Spreads: The Race to Zero, I’d like to drill down on the best practices that we use to help brokers distinguish between true retail flow and institutional or proprietary trading flow.

How can they tell which is which, and what can they do to ensure they are receiving the appropriate liquidity for each?

IS Risk Analytics' View From the Desk - May 2020

Posted by Jeff Wilkins on Jun 23, 2020 12:44:36 PM

May volumes were very similar to April totals, but still far below the highs reached in February and March. Although volumes were in line with April, profits were far lower. Losses in oil suppressed profitability in the early weeks of May as the majority of retail clients held their long positions into the rally at the start of the month. Movements in indices later in May helped salvage respectable, though below average, overall profits for the month.

VIDEO - FX Liquidity: Virtual Vision Finance

Posted by Robert Buxton on Jun 12, 2020 10:55:22 AM

Jonathan Brewer, Managing Partner at IS Prime, joins the 'Virtual Vision Finance' liqiudity pannel discussion. 

Re-evaluating Prime of Prime

Posted by Robert Buxton on Jun 5, 2020 11:49:55 AM

In the last year we have seen a dramatic fall in interest from our clients and prospects, particularly retail brokers, in “True Prime of Prime” offerings , i.e. where a broker uses a Prime of Prime (PoP) purely as a credit intermediary and has ‘direct’ relationships with Tier1 Liquidity Providers (LPs).

Why copy trading needs to be carefully managed

Posted by Barry Flanigan on May 26, 2020 6:42:45 PM

Following IS Prime’s recent announcement about our partnership with Pelican Trading to integrate their social copy-trading technology into our trading platforms, it’s worth exploring some of the potential issues that copy trading can raise for both retail brokers and Liquidity Providers (LPs), and how IS Prime helps address those issues.


Aggregation & Spreads: The Race to Zero

Posted by Robert Buxton on May 15, 2020 12:19:56 PM

Barry Flanigan, head of Electronic Trading Solutions (ETS) at IS Prime, talks to eForex magazine about the pitfalls of purely focusing on spreads.

IS Risk Analytics' View From the Desk - April 2020

Posted by Jeff Wilkins on May 11, 2020 4:53:07 PM

April saw broker volumes fall off significantly from the near-record numbers recorded in February and March. Profits, though down as well, were respectable as a result primarily of mid-month moves in oil markets that saw prices fall briefly into negative territory. Profits were also buoyed by movements in gold and US indices. Oil prices will likely be in focus again in May as we approach the expiration of this month’s futures contract.

IS Prime Releases Revolutionary UK & US Oil Index Rebased at 100

Posted by Robert Buxton on Apr 27, 2020 1:55:33 PM

New products could potentially save brokers from losing millions of dollars

Risk Update: Mind the (Weekend) gap

Posted by Jeff Wilkins on Apr 14, 2020 11:44:03 AM

The recent rise in market volatility has left all brokers susceptible to being taken advantage of by predatory traders but this is particularly true for startups and smaller brokers. While the opportunities for traders to attempt to exploit brokers have always existed, current market conditions have exacerbated the risk with strategies ranging from weekend gap loading to depth of book and spread arbitrage.

IS Risk Analytics' View From the Desk - March 2020

Posted by Jeff Wilkins on Apr 3, 2020 3:21:15 PM

Volume totals in March matched the strong numbers from February, though daily figures trailed off late in the month. Daily profit figures also softened in the second half of the month, but monthly totals exceeded February as volatility in a broad range of markets brought strong early month results. After the turbulent market movements in February and March, volatility will likely continue while markets try to discover their true bottom.