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The Best Forex Events And Expos To Attend Every Year

Author: Martin Moni
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How would you like to learn a lot more about the FX industry from the experts themselves? Well, if you’re like me, then you must be curious about the changes and occurrences in the industry, and who better to learn from than the FX agents, LPs (liquidity providers) and the best banks offering FX trading. In the same way there are conferences held by different professionals, so are there similar events for FX professionals. And because the market is global, these events have to be held at different locations all over the world.

All of them have some benefit to offer the participants, and who knows, maybe one of them will be held in your town recently. Therefore, you need to be aware of the various events and expos about the FX market so that you can catch one the next time you get a chance. During these events and expos, you can get to meet and interact with industry leaders, which is how you learn about the industry especially if you run a company or plan to open your own agentage. Moreover, this is where you can find the staff you need for your company. (This is: How to create your own FX agentage firm)

iFX EXPO

Considering the number of attendees to the iFX EXPOs held each year, it is perhaps the biggest FX event annually. Anyone is invited to the event if you happen to be in the area, and you simply have to reserve your spot ahead of time from the iFX EXPO website. Besides the regular attendees, there are also exhibitions by different FX trading companies. This is usually a chance for several FX agents to showcase their services to the attendees. However, the main purpose of the iFX EXPO is to discuss changes in the FX industry and how to adapt to these changes. (What to expect with the: Changes In FX Regulation Through MiFID II)

The company behind these expos is Conversion Pros, and they have been doing so since 2012. Every year, two iFX EXPOs are held - one for the Asian region and the other for the European region. Unfortunately, since FX trading in the US is not as popular, there isn’t a North American edition of the event. (These are the: Laws and limits of FX trading in the US)

iFX Expo Asia

This one is usually the first major FX event of the year, and it is usually held in Hong Kong. As you may know, Hong Kong is a global financial hub, and what better location to host one of the most popular FX event. This year’s chapter of the iFX EXPO Asia was held in January between the 23rd and 25th. Sorry if you missed this one, but the upcoming one will run in January 2019. In case you’re wondering what you missed in the previous event, the main topic of discussion was cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrencies dominated the world throughout 2017, so it would be expected that they would definitely be on the table during the iFX EXPO. I didn’t get the opportunity to attend this event, but I bet there was a discussion about FX agents offering cryptocurrency trading. (Are you wondering: How easy is it to trade Cryptocurrency in the FX market?)

In addition to the discussion about cryptocurrency, peer-to-peer (P2P) lending was also a topic to discuss. Also thanks to the cryptocurrency industry, a new sector of funding has blossomed of late. P2P lending had always existed, but it was cryptocurrencies that made it easier than ever to perform crowdfunding, for example, through an ICO. In the past, a start-up had to request funding from a bank or a venture capital (VC) firm, but recent reports have shown that funding through ICOs surpassed VC funding - $5.6 billion in total raised in 2017. Due to these reports, P2P lending is now a reality that had to be discussed. One of the most talked about project in this space is the Serenity Project that aims to make use of blockchain to improve the retail FX market. The plan is to roll out the Serenity blockchain to most FX agents and FX trading platforms by the end of 2019. (Before you invest, ask yourself: What is An ICO and How Can I Make Money On It?)

Other than these discussions, there were also awards given to FX agents, Introducing Agents (IBs) and LPs. Some of the agents nominated included InstaFX, FxPro, HYCM and Nord FX. Next year, there will be fresh awards for this year’s best agents, and that is the best way to find a good agent is you’re feeling unsatisfied with your current agent. (How to choose a FX agent: basic rules and useful tips)

iFX EXPO International

The main iFX EXPO International event too is already passed, having been held between the 22nd and 24th of May 2018. Among the topics for discussion were automated trading and other advances in trading technology. Automated trading has been a growing trend of late, and it was important to discuss how this and other technologies could affect the industry as a whole. Social and affiliate marketing as well as trends around the world were also talked about in order to find out how the retail FX industry was growing. According to the Band for International Settlements (BIS), total daily turnover had decreased from $5.3 trillion in 2013 to $5.1 trillion in 2016. Part of that decrease was the 2015 event when the Swiss National bank (SNB) de-pegged the franc from the euro, leading to massive losses by both traders and agents – some agents even filed for bankruptcy. The BIS releases their report every 3 years, meaning that the next report should be out sometime next year. In anticipation of this, it was important to look at global trends in the market and find a way forward. (All you need to know about the: Bankruptcy of FX agents)

Fortunately, there is still time to catch the Gathering edition, a spinoff of the main event. This one will be held on the 5th of October 2018 in Limassol, Cyprus. I’m sure it’s not such a surprise, since CySEC is the financial regulator overseeing the largest number of FX agents worldwide. Just like the Asian chapter, this event too is also very popular with just as many attendees (if not more) and industry leaders. Apart from the regular and important business at hand, Limassol is also a great location to visit as a vacation spot thanks to the good weather. If the pictures on the iFX EXPO website are anything to go by, then this will be as fun as event as it can be informative. After all, people seem to open up more when inebriated. (Here are: The 3 Most Trusted Exchange Authorities in The World)

The international edition of the iFX EXPO is meant to highlight the challenges and opportunities throughout the world. New FX regulations were just implemented two weeks ago in the EU, and guaranteed this will be the hottest topic during the event. ESMA recently implemented tougher rules for agents operating within EU and EEA countries, and it will be interesting to find out how the FX agents, Introducing Agents (IBs) and clients are adapting to these changes. In the past iFX EXPO International events, the chair of CySEC had been invited to talk about regulations, and there should be little doubt she will attend this year too. There have also been other regulations in the EU this year, most notably GDPR, and this too will be an issue to discuss. (GDPR Is Finally Here! All You Need To Know And How It Affects You)

FX Week

Whereas iFX EXPO is open to anyone, companies and individuals alike, FX Week is more institutionally focused. This means you’re unlikely to make your way in unless you’re somehow associated with a FX company. Unlike many other events where anyone is invited, FX Week targets FX professionals, giving them an opportunity to network and interact. For example, it may be an opportunity for a professional in the industry to expand their list of contacts in the industry and maybe get new opportunities. (FX Rigging And Manipulation: How The Major Investors Pull It Off)

FX Week Asia

This particular edition of FX Week will be held this month starting from the 29th of August up to the 1st of September in Singapore. In Asia, Singapore is a fast-growing hub of financial services as the previous report from BIS shows. The Asian region itself is also becoming more robust as agents move their focus away from Europe where regulations are strangling the industry’s growth and toward emerging economies. In such countries, more people would be open to trying out new investment opportunities in the retail FX market thanks to improved telecommunication systems and expansion of financial services. (Here is: A Complete Guide To Volume Spread Analysis In FX Trading)

To get into the event, you will need to register ahead of time. Complimentary passes are free, but only available to FX firms that do not provide their services to others. A FX company, for example, would not be eligible for this since they sell their services to their clients. For such companies, they would have to pay a fee of $2,590. With such steep requirements, it is therefore no surprise that there are only a few attendees compared to iFX EXPO, about 300. On top of the attendees will be various notable speakers and decision makers to interact with and expand your opportunities. (Do you ever wonder: How much money FX agents make?)

While the FX Week Asia website does not directly state the main topic of discussion, it is still possible to deduce based on the list of speakers. Most of them are bankers, but there are also several speakers representing payment and security service companies like Swift and STMicroelectronics. Therefore, it’s safe to say that changing payment solutions and trading technologies will be a focus. Again thanks to cryptocurrencies, methods of payment and security of funds have had to change, and it is up to the industry leaders attending this event to discuss how the changing trends can be addressed in Asia. Mobile money transfers, for example, are growing in Asia allowing for fast payments and these solutions may need to be integrated by the FX agents operating in the region. Banks will also have to rethink conventional money transfer systems to adapt to the changing environment. As a FX professional, these are critical issues to be aware of, and the FX Week Asia event could be right for you. (Do you know: Which Are The Most Influential Cryptocurrency Markets By Country?)

FX Week Europe

From the 29th of November, FX professionals from all over Europe will be meeting in London for the FX Week Europe event. Just like the Asian edition, this too targets institutional investors like banks, hedge funds and FX agents. With the rapidly changing regulatory environment in Europe, this will probably be the most talked about challenge in the region. There aren’t as many attendees, about 275 expected, but there will be many notable speakers from different companies in Europe. Anyone in the FX industry should definitely book now from the event’s website because there is an impressive guests list. Similar to the Asian version, there are free complimentary tickets for anyone representing a buy-side firm while banks and agents have to pay. (Learn from: The Most Prominent Cryptocurrency Hacks and Scams You Should Know)

Other FX Week events

Just like the professionals in Asia and Europe need to discuss the unique challenges in their regions, so do those in other regions of the world. This is why there are several other FX Week events around the world such as FX Week Australia and FX Week USA. The FX industry in Australia has become a favourite for traders because agents operating in the continent can sign up clients from all over the world with favourable trading conditions as compared to, say, Europe. Moreover, ASIC, the Australian regulator, is a very trustworthy body ensuring fairness in the FX market. A report by the Sydney Morning Herald a few years back highlighted the growth of the industry in Australia as well as the pitfalls. FX Week Australia was held from the 8th to the 12th of May 2018, with the newly implemented FX Global Code of Conduct being top of the agenda. (Lessons on self-defence: FX scams)

In the US, there really is indeed a need for a separate event as the FX regulations are very different here. Since 2011 after the Dodd-Frank Act, agents fled the US due to the tough regulations, but the industry is still active, although somewhat stunted. The FX Week USA chapter held from the 11th to the 14th of July addressed these regulations as well as possible future changes expected with the new administration. (Before you try, you ought to know: Why FX Trading Should Not To Be Treated Like A Casino)

FX Invest

Similar to FX Week, FX Invest also attracts institutional investors rather than individuals. Therefore, someone in the professional FX field should definitely consider attending one of these events. The FX Invest events started off in North America back in 2007. This was around the time when the FX market was growing exponentially thanks to improved trading technology and information. The FX Invest was thus meant to attract the big players in the industry to discuss the changes being experienced and to decide on the way forward. Because it is a very prestigious event, it attracts some very big names to speak, including the regulators themselves, which means that it can have an impact on the entire FX market. This is why even individuals need to be aware of it, since what is discussed could impact them too. (To be safe: Think Twice When Making A Deposit In A FX Company)

FX Invest North America

As already mentioned, FX invest first began in North America, and this year’s event will be the 12th of its kind. On the agenda this year will mainly be the FED and its recent and expected interest rate hikes. Under the new administration, the FED has been raising interest rates gradually, and this is expected to continue through the rest of 2018 and into 2019. As the FED decisions play a major role in the strength of the US dollar, which is the most heavily traded currency, the discussions here will be essential for anyone interested in making large position trades. (You should be aware of the: Main central bank meetings)

Cryptocurrencies will also have to be mentioned, especially now when institutional investors are considering including them into their portfolios. Other than that, the newly implemented FX Global Code of Conduct is still an issue that all FX agents have to grapple with and finally, trading algorithms. Automated trading has become a major issue for the FX market, and it will be interesting to find out how these big players are reacting to it. (Learn How To Use Position Trading In The FX Market For Profit)

FX Invest Europe

The European version of the FX Invest event was a spinoff from the North American version, but it too is important all the same. This year’s event, however, has already been concluded, and next year’s event has yet to be confirmed. The main issue that was discussed in the past event was the changing face of regulation regarding both MiFID II and the Global Code of Conduct. As it has already been a year since the Code of Conduct was implemented, it was interesting to see how various market players had adopted it. So far, many participants in the market have already formally committed to this code, showing the increasing transparency in the industry. MiFID II was also a key topic because of how it affected various FX market participants and the intricacies involved considering Brexit. (These are: The Most Prominent Cryptocurrency Hacks and Scams You Should Know)

Other than that, the ECB was also a focus of attention, following its reluctance to raise interest rates as the FED was doing. This was also tied to how the FX market was growing in emerging markets, especially in Asia, and what was to be done about it. Obviously, as these are institutional investors, it presented a unique opportunity to spread FX services across the globe beyond Europe especially now with the tougher regulations being enforced that could squeeze out the individual investor. (Revealing FX Bonuses Of Agents: How To Identify A Real Bonus)

Other notable FX events around the world

Just in case you’re afraid there seems to be no major FX event coming to your area, don’t worry as there are plenty more similar events that are held around the world. These are more focused on smaller regions, but that only makes them even better because they address specific issues regarding that region or country. Take the 7th China FX Expo that was held between the 18th and 19th of May 2018. It featured an impressive list of speakers too from different professional backgrounds and was meant to address the needs and challenges of China’s residents. Lucky for anyone who caught it, everyone was invited including individual traders for a chance to interact with FX agents, investors and FinTech companies from all over the world. (This is: How Not To Be Added To The 95% Of Losing Traders)

China is, of course, a major economic hub being the second largest economy worldwide, but that doesn’t mean emerging markets don’t also sport their own FX events. The Traders Fair & Gala Night will be held in Singapore from the 26th of October 2018, welcoming institutional and individual traders and investors. An estimated 100,000 will be attending this year’s event organized by FINEXPO as well as 500 speakers, and it will definitely be a good opportunity for anyone to meet and interact with their agents and other market players from all over the world. Recently, Singapore has become a major focus for the Asian financial market, and this year’s Traders Fair & Gala Night will highlight this fact. With so many speakers and attendants, there will be plenty to learn from this event, and it is one not to miss if you have the opportunity to be in the area. Besides, what more varied group of attendees could be possible to find than this regardless of what you’re looking to achieve. At the end of it all, there will of course be an award ceremony and various prizes to be won. For anyone curious to learn who the best FX agents are in Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Philippines, then here is your opportunity. (Do you know: How Is Spread Betting Different From FX Trading?)

New markets are also being spotted in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, so the 20th MENA Financial Forum & Expo was held in April 2018. Invited to the event were global financial companies including FX agents and banks as well as experts in the FX industry. Over 1,500 people attended this event from all over the world for this unique occasion where they could learn from the experts themselves. It was particularly special because of the hands-on experience provided by the agents and experts as they provided first-hand training to all that attended. New trading technology using robots and algorithms was also demonstrated live to the attendees, giving everyone a once in a lifetime opportunity. Even if you missed this year’s event, there will be another one next year, and you can plan to attend in 2019 for this chance. (Is It Time To Upgrade To Metatrader 5: Features Of MT5)

Africa is not being left behind either, as the International FX Trading Expo (South Africa) is testament. You may have missed this already as it was already held on the 30th of June 2018,

There were 5,000 attendees to the event this year and over 100 exhibitors and guests. With such a large gathering, it showed just how much the retain FX sector had grown in Africa. South Africa has always been the financial hub for the entire African continent, and FX agents have been making their presence known in the region. Already, there are several international agents licensed by the FSB of South Africa and serving clients in the region. More of these agents have penetrated other countries in Africa, and this event was meant to attract even more clients. There was also another FX event in South Africa too, the 2nd Africa FX Expo, also meant to target the African market. There is a clear interest in emerging markets as all the previous events have shown, and this may be just the tip of the iceberg in 2019 as more agents venture into Africa. (What it is like: FX trading in South Africa)

 

For a taste of what you might expect from this year’s chapter of the iFX EXPO event, here’s a short after movie:

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