Discussion in 'Forex Brokers' started by Aboushi, Jun 12, 2009.
Will brokers that use MT4 be compliant with the new regulation regarding FIFO and hedging?
It will be interesting to see how this develops since MT4 doesn't do FIFO. MT5 however will.
Does anyone know?
Yeah, I know.....sorry, what was the question again, Fido and hedges?
Here, you might be better off with this
Funny....but will US brokers that rely on MT4 freeze their business till the MT5 comes out?
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The biggest concern I see for MT4 is how expert advisors will work in a FIFO world without any individual order management. I've heard estimates that up to 80% of EA's won't work due to FIFO order management.
Is it the end of MT4?
I think it's too hasty to speak of an end to MT4 in general as so many traders use expert advisors on it. I think a more plausible scenario is traders moving from US brokers to overseas brokers that use MT4 so that expert advisors will continue to work without interruption.
Plus Metaquotes from a business perspective has an interest in continuing MT4 otherwise they stand to lose out on the money they're making from licensing MT4 to those brokers.
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