Melbourne-based online CFD trading broker Mitrade has announced the launch of its proprietary trading platform for global investors to trade forex, indices, commodities, and cryptocurrencies in a total of nearly 100 different markets of contract-for-difference (CFD) products.
IRESS, the leading Australian software company specialising in the development of software systems and services for financial markets and wealth management, has appointed Phil Quin-Conroy as managing director of the firm’s United Kingdom business, starting in the role on 17 June.
Quin-Conroy held a number of senior financial services and technology leadership roles prior to spearheading lending in Australia at the company. He was once Head of Business Consulting for wealth management business MLC in the United Kingdom and Head of Insurance & Licensee Services for National Australia Bank.
The new Managing Director of IRESS UK was also CEO of one of Australia’s largest mortgage aggregation groups, PLAN Australia, and Head of Broker Services for National Australia Bank’s Advantage, where he was responsible for the operations of the mortgage aggregation businesses, including the modernisation of its technology platform.
Andrew Walsh, Chief Executive Officer at IRESS, commented:
“Phil has more than 25 years’ experience in financial services and technology in Australia and the UK. He joined IRESS two years ago and has successfully established and led the expansion of our lending business in Australia. In the past two years, I have been impressed by Phil, how he forms and builds teams and his focus on clients and business growth.”
Phil Quin-Conroy, Managing Director of IRESS UK, said:
“IRESS holds a strong position in the United Kingdom, and I’m looking forward to working with the team to build on our achievements by delivering outstanding outcomes for our clients and continued strong growth for IRESS.”
Gold-i has announced an executive appointment in the Shanghai team. Laurence Luo, former Technical Account Manager at PrimeXM, joined the award-winning FinTech company as Technical Support Engineer.
In his new role, Luo will be responsible for providing technical support to Gold-i’s Asian-based clients and will also manage client relationships. The Shanghai office is open since March 2015 and has grown an impressive client base of brokers of all sizes across the region. Laurence Luo will likely provide technical support for the company’s most popular products in the Chinese market: Gold-i MT4 Bridge, MT5 Gateway, MAM products for both MT4 and MT5 and Visual Edge, its risk management solution.
Tom Higgins, Chief Executive Officer at Gold-i, said:
“Laurence spent eighteen months at PrimeXM and has a good understanding of our market and our clients’ requirements. His technical expertise, client servicing skills and team spirit make him an ideal fit for Gold-i. We are delighted he has chosen to join our team.”
Laurence Luo, Technical Support Engineer at Gold-i, commented:
“Gold-i has a very strong reputation amongst Asian brokers, and I believe has a significant competitive advantage in the region in terms of the functionality and performance of its products as well as its outstanding client service. Joining the Gold-i team provides a great opportunity for me to progress my career and I am proud to be part of such an innovative FinTech company.”
Laurence Luo developed strong communications skills in multi-cultural and multi-national organizations during his 3-year stay in Finland prior to joining PrimeXM.
The appointment of Laurence Luo to Gold-i is the second executive move from PrimeXM this year. Earlier in January, the firm announced ex-PrimeXM Mike Dugdale as a new senior sales manager. At PrimeXM, Dugdale carried out sales responsibilities, namely new business development, growing existing clients, and exploring new markets.
The appointments of Laurence Luo and Mike Dugdale follow a series of hires at Gold-i, including Ricky Strachan, who joined the firm in March from FinTech firm IRESS, and Dan Picone, also from IRESS, who is heading up Gold-i’s new Sydney office.
Mike Dugdale joins Gold-i from PrimeXM, where he carried out sales responsibilities, namely new business development, growing existing clients, and exploring new markets. Prior to that, he was Head of Sales at BlackPearlFX and VP Sales at Prior FX. Dugdale’s career started in the IT department at ODL Securities. At the time, Gold-i’s founder and CEO Tom Higgins was ODL Securities’ Chief Technology Officer. He later moved into an institutional sales role in October 2001 and, after five years at ODL, joined One Financial Markets as Head of Sales, working in London and Dubai.
The newly created role at Gold-i follows over 15 years’ experience in sales roles in the global financial markets industry and an in-depth understanding of the technology requirements of retail FX brokers.
Tom Higgins, Chief Executive Officer at Gold-i, commented: “I’ve known Mike for many years – he’s a great personality with an in-depth understanding of our market and a proven track record in global sales. He’ll be an asset to the team and I’m really looking forward to working with him again.”
Mike Dugdale said: “Gold-i is an excellent organisation with significant growth potential and I am excited about playing a key role in its next growth phase. Gold-i’s technology stands out from its peers. I’m particularly impressed by Gold-i Visual Edge – its capabilities in terms of risk management and reporting are critical for brokers in the current environment and I believe there’s a huge opportunity to increase sales. Tom has created an exceptional company, with great employee values and market leading products. It’s a company which I very much wanted to be part of.”
The appointment of Mike Dugdale follows a series of hires at Gold-i, including Ricky Strachan, who joined the firm in March from FinTech firm IRESS, and Dan Picone, also from IRESS, who is heading up Gold-i’s new Sydney office.
Gold-i has partnered with GMI UK to bring access of latter’s multi-asset liquidity to its global client base via MATRIX integration. The combined effort will enhance Gold-i’s liquidity distribution network while tapping into GMI’s price aggregation and matching capabilities. This collaboration helps expand the company’s institutional client base while continuing to service the retail brokerage, mid-sized institutions, and active professional traders. The integration also enables Gold-i’s clients to access GMI’s FX and CFD liquidity, which includes a powerful pricing aggregation from major ECNs. Gold-i’s Matrix suite of products are described as the company’s most significant products since its inception. They enable clients to access and manage multi-asset liquidity, including FX, CFDs and cryptocurrencies, or distribute multi-asset liquidity to clients.
Gold-i’s Matrix Insights provides analysis and reporting capabilities that can help brokers to respond to clients’ queries, satisfy regulatory requirements and maximize profitability. Global Market Index Limited (GMI) is a UK-based and FCA authorized B2B/STP-ECN broker widely known for its institutional FX and CFD liquidity. It offers highly customized and sophisticated technology and liquidity solutions to fit the varied complex needs of its institutional clients around the world such as banks, hedge funds, family offices, brokers and high net-worth professional clients. When speaking of this partnership, Ashraf Ebid, CEO of GMI commented that
“Gold-i has reliable, market-leading technology and a worldwide client base. They are an ideal partner for GMI as we continue to evolve our business, expand globally and make our liquidity accessible to a wider audience. This latest development follows a major growth period for our business which has included significant investment in our technology, a number of new offices and a series of senior hires.”
while Tom Higgins, CEO of Gold-i said that he is delighted to bring GMI’s liquidity services to Gold-i’s clients and added that “GMI’s multi-asset liquidity will be welcomed by our clients worldwide, particularly in Asia where GMI has a reputation for excellence and has built a strong brand from its local offices in the region”.
Both companies are currently in a growth phase with significant efforts aimed at expanding client base across the globe. Ashraf Ebid led GMI group into a tremendous growth phase in last two years under his leadership and the company has expanded from 2 offices in 2016 to 15 offices around the world and has increased its trading volume by more than 20 times. Similarly Gold-i which is Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year has exhibited considerable growth and is currently in process of expansion as demand for Gold-i’s Matrix suite of products is increasing among brokers worldwide which makes this partnership a great strategic move with significant advantage for both parties both in terms of expanding client base and improving the quality of service to their clients.
GMI’s integration with Gold-i enables Gold-i’s clients to access GMI’s FX and CFD liquidity.
According to Ashraf Ebid, CEO, GMI, “Gold-i has reliable, market leading technology and a worldwide client base. They are an ideal partner for GMI as we continue to evolve our business, expand globally and make our liquidity accessible to a wider audience. This latest development follows a major growth period for our business which has included significant investment in our technology, a number of new offices and a series of senior hires.”
Tom Higgins, CEO, Gold-i adds, “We are delighted that we are now able to provide GMI liquidity through Gold-i technology. GMI’s multi-asset liquidity will be welcomed by our clients worldwide, particularly in Asia where GMI has a reputation for excellence and has built a strong brand from its local offices in the region.”
The GMI brand was established in 2009 and provides institutional FX and CFD liquidity. It offers highly customised and sophisticated technology and liquidity solutions to fit the varied complex needs of its institutional clients around the world such as banks, hedge funds, family offices, brokers and high net-worth professional clients.
The company has experienced tremendous growth in the past two years under the leadership of Ashfraf Ebid. Since 2016, the GMI brand has expanded from 2 offices to 15 offices around the world and has increased its trading volume by more than 20 times. Recently, the firm announced a number of significant hires including two senior members from FXCM, Chris Hossain-Nelson, former Head of FXCM Pro and Aaron Brown, former Head of IB Partnerships, as well as Richard Bartlett, former Head of Sales at PrimeXM. Iain Rogers, former Managing Director at Pepperstone UK, has been appointed COO at GMI UK.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Gold-i is experiencing similar significant growth, having recently opened an office in Sydney, Australia. Gold-i’s Matrix suite of products, which enable clients to access and manage multi-asset liquidity or distribute liquidity to clients globally, are increasingly in demand by brokers worldwide. Gold-i’s Matrix Insights provides analysis and reporting capabilities that can help brokers to respond to clients’ queries, satisfy regulatory requirements and maximise profitability. For further information, please visit www.gold-i.com
The award-winning developer of MetaTrader integration tools for brokers has opened an office in Australia in an effort to further expand its business across the Asia Pacific region. Gold-i has been rapidly increasing their client base and global foothold with establishment of branches in Japan & China. In its bid to solidify its position in Asia-Pacific region and increase their client base while ensuring better serviceability to their customers, Gold-i expands into New Territory with opening of its Sydney Office.
Gold-i, the UK-based MetaTrader technologies’ provider, has appointed FinTech sales and technology specialist Daniel Picone to head the Sydney office. The new location is intended to increase business opportunities amongst brokers in Australia and New Zealand. Additionally, the Sydney branch will be responsible to expand the company’s footprint across the Asia Pacific region.
Having spent four months on an intensive training programme at Gold-i’s UK headquarters in preparation for his new role, Daniel Picone will focus on the sales of Gold-i’s core products, including its innovative multi-asset liquidity management platform Matrix; its business intelligence tools such as Visual Edge and its range of MT4 and MT5 plug-ins.
As the cryptocurrency scene emerges in Australia and New Zealand, as well as in the rest of the APAC region, Gold-i’s recently launched Crypto Switch 2.0 may find great demand, with brokers looking to offer cryptocurrency trading to clients, with a fully cleared physical and CFD crypto product.
Tom Higgins, Chief Executive Officer at Gold-i, commented: “Opening an office in Australia was the next logical step in our global growth plan. Not only are there a wealth of opportunities for us in Australia and New Zealand but having an office in Sydney also complements our Shanghai office, enhances our 24×7 service, and provides a strong foothold for us to expand into territories such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, and Malaysia.
“Daniel has the ideal experience to establish and grow Gold-i in Australia. He has a proven track record of working in partnership with financial services clients in the region. Whilst at IRESS he also moved to London to assist with the implementation of IRESS’ first financial markets’ clients in the UK, where he was successful in terms of sales and support as well as establishing the business in a new territory. I am looking forward to working with him as we drive the business forward – I will be in Australia from 19 to 29 November to discuss Gold-i’s offering with potential new clients”, Higgins added.
Daniel Picone joined Gold-i after spending the last seven years at Australian FinTech company, IRESS. He will also be responsible for bringing more Liquidity Providers into the Matrix NETwork, which allows participants to sell liquidity to Gold-i’s clients worldwide who use its MT4 Bridge, MT5 Gateway and Matrix.
Daniel Picone, Head of the Sydney Office, said: “Gold-i is an exciting, innovative, award-winning company, with market leading products in a rapidly evolving industry – so this is a great opportunity for me. My training at Gold-i was extremely thorough and I feel very knowledgeable about their core products and the skills required for high quality client support. Being in the UK, I experienced Gold-i’s strong culture and corporate values which I intend to emulate in the Australian office. These relate to going the extra mile for clients and pushing boundaries. As we grow the team in Australia, it’s important that we have the same ethos and fun working environment that has been so successful in Gold-i’s other offices.”
Gold-i, a world leader in the development of intelligent plugins, multi-asset liquidity management platform and risk management tools for Brokers, has reviewed its cryptocurrency liquidity tool for brokers.
The newly launched Crypto Switch 2.0 provides brokers with a fully cleared cryptocurrency product and a cost-effective, efficient means of accessing deep pools of digital currency liquidity from market makers.
Liquidity comes fully cleared thanks to a partnership with clearing house, FXCH. Brokers can fully hedge their crypto flow using Crypto Switch 2.0 and count with liquidity from four of the biggest global cryptocurrency market makers, B2C2, Bluefire Capital, DV Chain and Hehmeyer.
The prior version already enabled brokers using Gold-i’s Matrix, MT4 Bridge or MT5 Gateway to access leading global Crypto Exchanges and Liquidity Providers for pricing and trading.
As the 2.0 version provides a fully cleared solution, brokers only need to place funds with a single entity, transforming the opportunity for them to offer aggregated cryptocurrency liquidity to their clients and enabling them to fully hedge their risk.
Tom Higgins, Chief Executive Officer at Gold-i, commented:
The partnership comes with two benefits, firstly it enables existing brokers to start offering MT5 without paying high licensing fees thus can focus on the area of profitability. And second, it will also allow new firms to enter the brokerage space with the lower cost of operations than they would have to pay for an MT5 license themselves.
“In addition to start-up MT5 brokerages, particularly in Asia, we are seeing increasing interest from established brokers across the globe who want to assess demand from their clients before committing to their own MT5 license. itexsys, in partnership with Gold-i, is ideally placed to help with both of these market segments.
“MT5 is gaining momentum. However, there are many brokers who require a low-cost entry to the market. itexsys provides the ideal solution – an interim MT5 offering which enables brokers to assess growth opportunities prior to progressing to their own license. itexsys has a wealth of experience and has the advantage of being completely agnostic, with no affiliation to any broker or LP. When a broker is ready for their own MT5, itexsys can help with the transition.”
Gold-I, leaders in MT4/MT5 Plugin development for brokers has strengthened its UK operations with the addition of Ricky Strachan as its new sales executive with immediate effect.
Mr Strachan’s new role will be based out of the group’s UK office but will handle the global coverage of the company. Strachan will work alongside woth Gold-I existing sales team with additional responsibility to focus on growth opportunities from existing clients base.
Ricky Strachan joins the group with over 12 years of experience in software sales, market data and trading platform spaces with leading companies in the industry. Prior joining Gold-I, he was working with a fintech company IRESS as a Business Development Manager, where he worked for over two years. Prior to this, Mr Strachan has held senior-level positions and was leading various roles in London Stock Exchange for around 8-year. During his tenure with LSE, he was assigned to support some of the UK’s biggest brokers on technical help desk before transitioning to a salesperson.
Commenting on his appointment, Tom Higgins, CEO of Gold-I, said: “Ricky has an impressive background in software sales from IRESS and the London Stock Exchange and a proven track record in global sales. He brings a wealth of experience to Gold-i and a wide network of contacts. He also brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm and is an ideal fit for the Gold-i team.”
Ricky Strachan commented on his appointment: “I am excited to be joining such a dynamic organisation with such a strong reputation in the industry. I am impressed by Gold-i’s continuous focus on pushing boundaries as well as the company’s innovative products for brokers across a range of asset classes. This is a great opportunity for me to build on my experience and play a key role in helping Gold-i to achieve its ambitious growth plans.”