How to start a Forex brokerage business?

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The international foreign exchange sector is the largest most profitable market expected to grow as globalization and nation interconnectivity increase. Forex businesses are thus fairly stable because economic crises and inconsistencies don’t influence their activity and performance. However, launching a Forex business can be risky if the business owner doesn’t understand and account for all the challenges. 

Registrations and licensing

Becoming a licensed broker in a trusted and highly praised jurisdiction immediately raises your company’s reputation level. Forex broker-owners can also leverage that as a marketing tool. However, different regulations operate on various fees, impacting a company’s ability to be registered in places such as the United States, Great Britain, or Switzerland. On the flip side, a company registered in tier one countries immediately raises its reputation!

Obtaining a license in the U.S. requires deep pockets of at least $20 million in equity. The E.U. license fees range from $70,000 to $1.2 million but take longer to obtain. An offshore license takes less time and is more cost-effective but limits a broker’s ability to interact with E.U. banks.

Payment solutions

A more comprehensive option for users to interact with more payment solutions is beneficial for the broker’s reputation. Bigger exposure to payment solutions maximizes the broker’s reach and user base. However, the license dictates the types of payment solutions they can integrate. In addition, guaranteeing users’ fund safety is paramount to every brokerage’s success; thus, companies must implement strict KYC/AML procedures.

Business model

Forex brokerage businesses can opt between an A-book, B-book, or Hybrid model for their profit-generating strategy. A B-book model requires more funds because the broker acts as a market maker. In the A-Book model, brokers act as intermediaries between traders and liquidity providers and generate profits from commissions. The hybrid model lets brokers decide which type of trade is processed in-house or assigned to a liquidity provider. Thus a hybrid model allows for better risk management.


Every forex brokerage business should include a client’s trading area and a trading platform. The former lets users deposit, withdraw funds or monitor their activity, while the latter lets traders interact with the platform by executing trades. Thus UX and UI are essential because it keeps users on the platform for longer.

Forex platforms can also add a bridge that enables trades and puts between liquidity providers. Finally, brokers can implement an investment service module like PAMM that allows traders to trade using statistical data.


The A-book model involves establishing a relationship with a liquidity provider. Brokers can opt to only work with a single Tier 1 provider, but the company becomes dependent on that provider. Additionally, brokers can use a non-bank liquidity provider to aggregate prices under one roof and offer traders the best trading options. Using an external provider offers an edge because multiple providers can provide better prices for the end-user. Every piece of the brokerage business has to be adjusted and fine-tuned after launch to ensure the forex platform experience is up to standard. Soft-FX can offer invaluable consultation for building your next million-dollar Forex brokerage business.

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