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Online Brokers Launch New Products and Features as Markets Rally

While bullish retail traders continued to place online transactions at a record pace amid a historical rally for stocks, online brokers and fintech developers are rolling out new products and features. Early statistics for trading in May show continued trading surges compared to the same month in 2019, though they are flat compared to April.

Key Takeaways

  • A surge in trading led to more outages at several major online brokers
  • Schwab’s takeover of TD Ameritrade received a key approval
  • thinkorswim launches a web version of its powerful trading and analytical platform
  • Two brokers are offering rebates for trades placed on their platforms
  • A new exchange for futures traders opens
  • Baby boomers nearing retirement can use a new app to estimate income and lower expenses

While bullish retail traders continued to place online transactions at a record pace amid a historical rally for stocks, online brokers and fintech developers are rolling out new products and features. Early statistics for trading in May show continued trading surges compared to the same month in 2019, though they are flat compared to April. 

More Outages on Big Trading Days

A surge in trading the morning of June 5 caused a number of problems for online trading platforms, peaking around 9:30AM Eastern time. Downdetector reported issues at Charles Schwab, E*TRADE, Fidelity, Merrill, Robinhood, and TD Ameritrade. On Twitter, customers of M1 Finance, and thinkorswim were complaining. Customers who lodged complaints with their brokers on Twitter were asked to call support lines.

It is odd to see so many brokers suffer simultaneously when the market circuit breakers have not been tripped. These brokers do not share clearing firms; most are self-clearing. An M1 spokesperson tells us on Twitter, “We had a high and unusual burst of traffic this morning, which may have caused issues for some people. We’re currently working with anyone who was affected.” A TD Ameritrade spokesperson reports via email, “Sheer volume of messaging. We had delays for about 4 minutes of orders which were executed but messages were slow.” From Schwab, we were told, “Due to a technical issue, we experienced a delay in reporting trades for a small number of clients this morning. This was a reporting delay (not trading) and we worked rapidly to remedy the situation.”

Thinkorswim for Web Launched.

In late May, TD Ameritrade launched a streamlined version of its downloadable platform, thinkorswim (TOS), which runs in a web browser. This version has been in development for nearly two years and supports both live trading and papermoney, a trading simulator. The web version of TOS is connected to all the same data sources and trading engine as the desktop version and includes the same watchlists, including dynamic watchlists which update automatically as stocks pass the filters.

Harrison Napper, senior product manager for thinkorswim at TD Ameritrade says, “We want people to be able to use TOS regardless of device.” Napper notes that TOS web works on phones, tablets, or desktop computers and that TOS itself is one big ecosystem. Napper says, “We focused on the transactional pathway and built our process in a way to adapt to feedback rapidly. We’re getting the bones out to customers and are asking them to help us evolve based on their needs.” As customers ask for additional capabilities, including studies for the technical charting package, Napper says that those items can be added. 

“One of the reasons it took a while to bring this out was the challenge of managing the data,” Napper says. When you refresh the page, it reloads the entire application. The team has done a lot of work on lightening the data payloads and the weight of the application itself. The tech team had to invent some technology to tie together the front-end, the data feeds, and the trading engine. During a brief hands-on test, we found the web platform very responsive and suitable for quick trading tasks and checking on balances. The analytical power of the desktop platform is still the place for long analytical and trading sessions.

Schwab Takeover of TD Ameritrade Clears Hurdles.

On June 4, 2020, shareholders of Charles Schwab approved the proposal to acquire TD Ameritrade. At a separate meeting the same day, the shareholders of TD Ameritrade approved the acquisition. Both groups of shareholders offered very little resistance to the merger, with less than 1% at the meetings voting in opposition.

Earlier in the day, the Department of Justice gave Charles Schwab antitrust approval for the acquisition. There were concerns about the concentration of advisor-managed investments since the merger would result in over one-third of the registered investment advisor custody market under one roof. All that remains to proceed with the takeover are some additional regulatory approvals. The buyout is expected to be completed in Q4 2020.

Trading Rebates

Two brokers, one that is new, are offering to share the revenue that they generate from payment for order flow with their customers. 

SogoTrade has introduced a new pricing structure as well as a program called “Get Paid To Trade” which launches Friday, June 5, 2020. Commissions on equity limit orders are being cut from $4.88 to $0, plus orders that add liquidity will earn $0.001 per share on a minimum order size of ten shares. This is a unique program structure. 

As part of this program, SogoTrade introduced a new order type that appears on the order entry screen as GP2T (Limit). This order type sets up a limit order that defaults to a penny away from the market which the customer can change to up to $0.05 away from the market price. If the order is considered to add liquidity to the market, you’ll see the credit that your order will generate once it executes. The order status page has a new column with the header “GP2T” that is highlighted in green if you have working orders if a credit is pending.

SogoTrade GP2T Order Verification.

It can be difficult for a beginning or intermediate trader to know in advance if an order is making or taking liquidity, but SogoTrade’s order entry process tells you right away if your current order qualifies for the credit. Kristopher Wallace, CEO of Asset Management at SogoTrade says, “We’ll make less money by revenue sharing, but we think we’ll be attracting new business and will make it up in volume.” Wallace says that SogoTrade wants to be competitive in a zero-commission world and that this is a simple way to get to a rebate compared to some other brokers that share rebates.

All Of Us, a San Francisco-based firm that opened its virtual doors in late May 2020, is offering to share revenue generated by their financial relationships with market makers with clients, and also automatically enrolls everyone in a fully-paid securities lending program. All Of Us pledges to credit customer accounts with $0.0001 per share traded (minimum price of $1 per share) on the day after a trade is executed. Customers who have stock that gets loaned to short sellers will be credited monthly with 30% of the revenue that the brokerage is paid by its clearing firm, Apex Clearing. Stock trades are commission-free and margin interest is 5.75%, which is below average.

All Of Us has a website as well as iOS and Android mobile platforms. At launch, only stocks and ETFs can be traded, but the firm says its roadmap includes adding retirement accounts, mutual funds, equity options, and bonds over the next couple of years. The order may vary depending on customer interest. All of Us is registered in 47 U.S. states and the District of Columbia but is not yet registered in Illinois, Massachusetts, or Missouri.

Of these two offerings, SogoTrade’s is ten times as generous with the rebate.

A New Exchange for Futures

The Small Exchange, a futures exchange offering smaller, simpler products aimed toward retail customers, launched on June 1. This exchange has been in the works for a couple of years as the developers have refined the process of building, pricing, and trading the products. 

At launch, there are three Smalls available that cover stocks, the US Dollar, and precious metals. The Small Stocks 75 Index is comprised of 5 equally weighted sectors with each sector containing 15 stocks. These sectors include information technology, industrial, energy, financials, and materials. Small US Dollar is priced directly to the dollar, and it spreads USD exposure across the Euro, Chinese Renminbi, Japanese Yen, British Pound, Canadian Dollar, Australian Dollar, and Mexican Peso. Small Precious Metals combines and weights the three most popular metals by global production, US consumption, and trade volume. Next up in the product queue are Smalls that cover 10-year treasuries and the global oil market. 

The contracts are designed to be uniform and move in 0.01 increments that equal $1, expiring on the third Friday of every month. The Small Exchange is the brainchild of financial network tastytrade, and the products are available to trade now at tastyworks, Tradovate, and Gain Capital, among others. Interactive Brokers, which recently made an investment in The Small Exchange, will offer the Smalls in the near future.  Tastytrade has a free course that describes what the products are and offers practical examples of trading. 

Dough Adds Options Trading

Dough, a commission-free iOS and Android app-centric online broker that launched last summer, recently rolled out options trading to its customers. To qualify, you must have at least a $2,000 balance.

The brokerage is helmed by Victor Jones, who had a 12-year tenure at TD Ameritrade and thinkorswim, and was TD’s director of trading and operations. Dough itself is part of the tastytrade family. Jones is enthusiastic about educating new investors and traders, so the platform is loaded with short videos explaining recent market changes and investing concepts. The order entry ticket defaults to a limit order, which Jones encourages. Jones, a millennial himself, says his generation wants to develop a deeper understanding of the markets, and describes dough as, “a long-term relationship for a generation of investors to help understand risk and strategy through a new business model.”

You can open an account at dough without making a deposit, and access all of the platform’s content at any time. New unfunded accounts have 15 days of free real-time quotes; if still unfunded, the quotes revert to delayed.

New App for Baby Boomers Nearing Retirement

Kindur, an SEC-registered investment advisor dedicated to helping retirees feel prepared moving into retirement, recently released the Silvur app, designed to help baby boomers and others avoid outliving their money. At launch, it’s an iOS-only app, but there will be an Android version available soon. Silvur leverages another Kindur-developed piece of technology, SmartDraw, to estimate baby boomers’ financial picture throughout retirement with the goal of providing awareness of potential financial pitfalls.

The Silvur dashboard lets you know how you’re progressing towards retirement.

The app is free to download and use, generating revenue through affiliate partnerships, which users can take advantage of if they so choose. Silvur has partnered with a variety of consumer brands, including Uber Eats, Hulu,, and others, that offer rebates which are deposited into users’ bank accounts. Silvur is adding new partners every week, including financial services such as home refinancing, credit cards, home and auto insurance, wills preparation, and income tax filing. 

Silvur calculates required minimum distributions (RMDs) from traditional IRAs, which is changing all the time, especially through the various relief packages that have been passed by Congress during the pandemic. The interface is designed to create a guidedexperience. Each step is carefully laid out and in a hands-on test, I didn’t run into any spots where I had to figure it out on my own. If you’re over 55, this app is extremely useful and does a good job of walking users through the process of planning for retirement.

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Sollari Review – top 75 Broker ?

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Sollari Review

Sollari is a global forex and CFD broker with trading platforms that is suitable and fully functional for all devices.

This is a good option for all levels of traders, although the product portfolio is average, and there is an inactivity fee to be aware of.

Initially formulated in 2023 to provide a robust forex trading platform, Sollari offering to include CFDs, indices, shares, commodities, and cryptocurrencies.

Sollari has several trading tools and features designed to make your trading experience as smooth as possible. The trading platform, has been heralded as a simple and convenient platform without losing the functionality you would find at MetaTrader 4. Some education is also available through the trading platform, and highly responsive customer service is available 24 hours a day.

Please read my full Sollari review for further details of this forex broker so you can decide whether Sollari can meet your needs.

Who is Sollari?

Sollari is a global forex, spread betting, and CFD online broker. Sollari is an online Crypto and Forex Broker providing traders across the globe with cutting-edge technology to trade the world’s markets. In a continuous effort to give their traders a more comfortable and safe trading experience, their experts have been improving their service and solutions ensuring traders have the freedom to trade whenever and wherever they like.

 They are headquartered in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines. with offices in Milan, Nassau, Sofia, and Luxembourg and are authorized and 

Sollari product range overview

The product range at Sollari is average compared to other brokers. They offer a solid selection of currency pairs and CFDs, no futures CFDs, and an average number of commodity and stock index CFDs. additionally they do offer leverage trading on the main cryptocurrencies.

Sollari Range of Market

Sollari Range of Market

Forex trading

More than 50 Forex pairs are available at Sollari with no commission and some of the tightest spreads in the industry.

Indices and Financial Trading

Indices and financial CFDs have flexible margin requirements and low spread , representing some of the industry’s best spreads. There are no overnight or hidden fees of any description to worry about.

Commodities Trading

At Sollari, there are several commodity CFDs, including metals and energies.

Share CFDs Trading

Trade more than 100 company shares without ever owning the underlying security. At Sollari, you can access global stock exchanges with the option to go long and short and benefit from leverage. For non-leverage trading, there is zero commission.


Sollari Accounts

There are five trading account options at Sollari. Of note are the Professional Trading Account and the Islamic Trading Account. There is also a free demo account from where to practice your trading.

Free Demo Account
You can select from the free demo account which platform you would like to practice trading on their trading platform. You will immediately receive $100,000 of virtual funds, which can be used to familiarise yourself with the financial markets and forex and CFD trading.

Islamic Account
This is a Shariah-compliant Islamic account which includes many features that are in keeping with Sharia law.


See here the overview of all the accounts.


MINIMUM DEPOSIT$5,000$10,000$25,000$100,000$250,000+
ORDER EXECUTIONInstantInstantInstantInstantInstant
ACCOUNT MANAGERyesyesyesyesyes
SPREAD, PIPSFixedFixedFixed & Floating, VariableFixed & Floating, VariableFixed & Floating, Variable
QUOTATION (NUMBER OF MARKS AFTER POINT)5 marks5 marks5 marks5 marks5 marks
MAX. TRADE SIZE10 lots20 lots40 lots50 lots100 lots
MARGIN CALL LEVEL40%40%40%40%40%
STOP OUT LEVEL30%30%30%30%30%
TRADING PLATFORMall devicesall devicesall devicesall devicesall devices
CUSTOMER SUPPORT24/5 support24/5 support24/5 support24/5 support24/7 support

Sollari Trading Platform

Sollari provides a web, desktop, and mobile trading platform on their trading platform, which is provided by the High-tech software provider “easytech”.

This trading platform has an excellent reputation among traders. 

Sollari Trading Platform

Sollari Trading Platform

web trading platform

The web platform allows you to place trades directly from your web browser in an easy-to-use interface that is customisable and available in several languages. The web trading platform falls short because of its lack of social trading; however, it is well-designed with several useful features.

There is a two-step login for additional security, and you can search for an asset using its name or by category. Order types include:

I was impressed with both the portfolio and fee reports which were comprehensive and easy to use, with clear information on commission, swap fees, and performance.

There are also the following useful features available on the trading platform:

Trailing stop

Trailing the position of a current price can then trigger a stop order as the price reaches a predetermined distance from a stop order. It works similarly to a stop order but in a more controlled way that aligns with movements in the market.

Market Sentiment

This allows you to closely monitor movements in the market using data from other traders concerning a specific instrument.


This allows you to mitigate risks by investing in the same product in a different direction.


Real-time charts provide up-to-the-moment information, including historical trends, forecasts, and current trends.

Sollari mobile trading platform

The mobile trading platform is in keeping with the web trading platform, with much of the same functionality. 

The actual design is well laid out and easy to use with customizability. I found the mobile app fast with personalised watch lists and the ability to open positions directly from real-time charts.

There are price alerts that include statistical alerts, which can be monthly or yearly for currency pairs, indices, etc. Clicking on the alert will automatically open the app on the instrument.

Sollari desktop trading platform

Use the desktop platform. This platform is designed with professional traders in mind, leaving the webtrader as an alternative for beginners and intermediate traders.

There is excellent customizability, some good search functions, and a choice of several languages.

There are several tools and technical indicators designed to enhance your trading activity.

Sollari customer service review

Customer service is excellent at Sollari, with immediate response times across multiple channels.

There are several channels for contacting customer support, including phone and email. When I tested their service, my query was dealt with immediately without even the intervention of a chatbot. The service provided via email and phone was similar, with fast, relevant responses to my queries. Customer service is provided 24/5, which is above average.

Sollari is opening an account.

The account opening process is straightforward, fully digital and quick. You will need your ID.

To open your account, you should first decide on the account type you wish to open

Then you can follow these quick and easy steps:

  • Select your country of residence
  • Add personal information, including name and email address
  • Choose a password
  • Enter your home address and tax residency
  • Complete some simple questions relating to your trading experience
  • Fill in information pertaining to your personal finances, such as income and savings and employment status
  • Select your base currency
  • Upload your ID documentation and proof of address, such as a utility bill or bank statement.

Sollari Deposit and Withdrawal

Deposits and withdrawals and essentially free, and the minimum deposit is high compared to what you would find at other brokers.

Before making your first deposit, you will need to choose between the following base currencies:


Deposit options include:

  1. Bank transfer
  2. Credit and debit card
  3. Cryptocurrency

The minimum deposit is $5000, which is high compared to other brokers. There are no fees should you choose to deposit via bank transfer from your bank account.

Bank transfers take several business days.

Withdrawals can be made using the same methods accepted for deposits, and there are no withdrawal fees for electronic wallets and credit/debit cards. 

Sollari safety

Sollari is not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) but is performing full due diligence to comply with AML regulations.

In addition, all client funds are held in segregated bank accounts to protect those funds should Sollari go bust.

The Sollari negative balance protection protects client funds should their balance go negative.

Sollari fees

Sollari has low CFD and forex fees and average non-trading fees.

Fees can be separated into two main categories for a CFD and forex broker: trading and non-trading fees.

Trading fees

The trading fees will vary depending on the financial instruments you are trading within each asset class. Trading fees can be charged as a spread, a commission, or a financing rate.

Spreads differ between the bid and ask price for a foreign currency price. Here’s how Sollari spreads compare against some other forex brokers:

Non-trading fees

Sollari has low non-trading fees as they do not charge deposit and withdrawal fees, and there is no account fee.

Inactivity fees are charged. There are inactivity fees to be aware of. However, these will only kick in once your account has been inactive for several months and you have a positive balance.

Who is Sollari suitable for?

Sollari is suitable for all levels of traders looking for a solid trading platform and very competitive spreads.

The selection of account types is aimed at both retail and professional investors.

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Demo Trading

The Advantages and Negatives of Forex Demo Trading

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Intro to Fx Demo Trading

Despite the placement as the planets greatest monetary market, the forex marketplace only became easily available to retail traders in latest years because of the introduction of sites based trading via on-line forex brokers.

Aspiring forex investors can right now make use of digital trading systems – like the extremely well-known MetaTrader software program
(offered as a free of charge download by MetaQuotes Software program Company ) to access the large forex market thou they might trade only in very small amounts themselves

The majority of on the web brokers will support MetaTrader and could also provide their own proprietary platforms or web-centred dealing interfaces.

These types of systems typically enable traders to do a quick overview of the currency marketplace and maybe carry out some specialized evaluation, in addition to permitting them to gain access to trading necessities like purchase access and deal delivery for a wide selection of foreign currency pairs.

free of charge fx practice account

Like a common way of motivating forex investors to use their offer setup solutions and first deposit funds with them to make use of as trading accounts perimeter, many online forex brokers will offer a free of charge fx practice account to potential or existing clients.

Referred to as a forex demonstration accounts, such unsecured debts enable a trader to encounter a hands-on demo of what seems prefer to trade currency pairs in the forex market with this broker without placing any actual money at risk.

Although using a FX trading demo account has several benefits for traders, some tricks are well worth talking about because the technicians of getting into a demonstration operate and the producing emotional responses an investor can possess while controlling it can differ significantly from the encounter of live forex trading utilizing their personal hard-attained money.

Additional common demonstration accounts circumstances which make them vary considerably from an actual cash financed account include broker-imposed period limitations and set debris of virtual foreign currency.

The subsequent areas of this content will talk about starting up an on the web trading demo accounts, in addition to probably the most significant benefits and negatives of using a demonstration forex account in comparison to utilizing a live fx accounts for trading foreign currencies.

Starting Up a Free of charge Forex Demonstration Account
Simply about any trustworthy fx broker will allow potential and current customers to open up up a demo account with them free of charge to enable investors to practice currency trading using digital money.

Demo accounts traders frequently also get access to at least a few of the broker’s customer providers and consumer support personnel to ensure that they can obtain a much better feeling for what coping with the broker will end up being like when they determine to finance a trading account with genuine cash.

Investors desperate to open up a demonstration trading accounts can typically get around to the site of one or even more forex demonstration brokers and adhere to guidelines shown there for opening up a demo or practise account with the brokers they select.

Selecting the greatest fx demo accounts for your requirements might require critiquing those provided by a number of online brokers with different features in order to make an knowledgeable decision which broker is the best partner for your start.

When starting a demonstration account, you may even require to choose a quantity of virtual money to fund the demonstration accounts with and get into some personal data to determine yourself with.

In case you feel worried about offering your true personal data to a broker you are will to try not really you have more freedom as no documentation is required for this in general, the moment you open a real account your KYC documentation will be needed for compliance and this protects the broker as well as the traders from money laundering and fraud. 

You can also open up a new e-mail account to get communications about the demo forex account if you are concerned about getting your personal email address offered to third celebrations like digital email entrepreneurs.The Advantages and Negatives of Forex Demo Trading


Pros of Forex Demonstration Trading Demo_trading_advantages

The two beginner and experienced forex investors regularly make use of demo accounts to rehearse trading currencies and check out a fresh broker or trading strategy.

Some of the more common advantages of interesting in forex demo trading consist of the following:

Observe if You Like Trading Foreign currencies

Those fresh to trading foreign currencies or trading generally can use an fx demo accounts to find if they are psychologically and psychologically appropriate to the bustle of trading forex. Everyone is usually different, and some people might actually appreciate trading currencies, as the activity might not match others’ preferences, personas or lifestyles at all.

Operate Forex without Risk Whilst Learning or teaching how to trade

– Beginners who are still learning how to operate foreign currencies frequently experience substantially even more assured putting their real cash in danger in the marketplace if they have an opportunity to try points away from 1st. A demo account allows them to place their training into practice in a near to actual existence environment without placing their genuine money at risk. This enables those to make common beginner’s mistakes while they find out without needing to spend for the effects out with their very own bank.

Practice Great Cash Administration Methods –

One of the secrets to taking pleasure in long-term success when trading forex requires learning to apply well-established cash administration concepts. A demonstration accounts allows a brand-new or skilled trader to practice such methods completely on true exchange rate actions and see on their own how the common benefits accumulate to their demo account in digital money earnings.

Find out to Control Your Feelings When Trading –

Probably the most difficult elements of trading for many people consists of learning how to control their psychological reactions to earning and shedding deals in such a method that it stimulates overall success. Dealing properly with normally regular mental replies to producing and losing cash – such as dread, avarice and wish – can often differentiate the effective fx investor from the loss.

Check a fresh Trading Technique Without Jeopardizing Actual Money –

Smart experienced traders and beginners as well will generally wish to check the achievement of any new trading technique they arrive plan before applying it in a live trading environment. This kind of enables them to accustom themselves to pursuing the program and also to function out any insects in it that may become obvious while using it as real exchange price movements happen.

Try Out a New Broker’s Trading System –

Unless you are utilizing the Mt4 system that a great deal of on-line forex brokers support, you will most likely want to make use of a demonstration accounts to observe whether a fresh fx broker’s private internet or client structured trading platform is usually ideal for your trading requirements.

Examine if a Fresh Broker Offers Useful Features and Solutions –

Fx Brokers keen to possess you open up a live trading account with them will frequently provide demonstration investors gain access to their unique customer features, educational and information services, and customer support departments. This can be a great method to examine your quality of the broker’s general solutions before carrying out any actual trading money to ensure they are the type of trading partner you will need keeping your accounts.

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Broker news

Donald Trump blasts ‘fools’ who oppose good Russian ties

US President-elect Donald Trump has posted a progression of tweets censuring the individuals who contradict great relations with Russia as “‘dumb’ individuals, or nitwits”.

Mr Trump promised to work with Russia “to comprehend a portion of the numerous… squeezing issues and issues of the WORLD!”

His remarks came after an insight report said Russia’s leader had attempted to help a Trump race triumph.

Mr Trump said Democrats were to be faulted for “gross carelessness” in permitting their servers to be hacked.

In a progression of tweets on Saturday, Mr Trump said that having a decent association with Russia was “no terrible thing” and that “lone “idiotic” individuals, or simpletons, would believe that it is awful!”

He included that Russia would regard the US increasingly when he was president

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