Does a broker need liquidity?
Does it make sense to buy external forex or crypto liquidity when an internal liquidity model, or so-called B-book, already has a great track record? Some companies decided a long time ago to work strictly by the B-book, others stick to the A-book, while some monosystem partisans are gradually switching to a hybrid scheme. Which option is the best?
Forex or crypto Liquidity
Liquidity is the ability of a currency pair to be sold quickly at close to market prices. That is, liquidity translates into the saturation of supply and demand and the ability to execute trades quickly at the best prices. Liquidity can be internal and external. B-book means internal liquidity, and this liquidity is provided by the company itself or its clients. If a broker has many clients, their trades are mutually covered, and the broker just has to monitor the total sum. As a rule, each individual client does not affect it too much. If the broker acts as a counterparty, they have to pay on profitable trades themselves. This model is rather vulnerable for many reasons. A-book means external forex liquidity. It has high demand/supply characteristics and better prices, since orders are routed to external providers who have a large pool of traders and therefore a greater order execution capacity.
B-book, or internal forex liquidity: pros and cons
Many brokers mistakenly believe that B-book is the most profitable business model, as it provides maximum profit. The orders are never placed on the market, which means that all the money clients lose stays with the company. It sounds very attractive: someone will get that money anyway, why not keep it for yourself? On the one hand, all of it is true, but this model has one significant drawback. If a client earns money, the broker will have to pay it “out of their pocket”. And as we already know, brokers working with B-book offer very high leverage so that the payouts are significantly higher compared to the initial deposit amount. To avoid paying, the broker can dispute the trade and not pay the profit. They can also manipulate the prices to help the trader lose. It is a dirty job that quickly becomes obvious. In these cases, the broker loses its reputation and clients and may as well leave the market for good. That is why in-house crypto or forex liquidity is only suitable for big brokers who have a large order flow, their own wide internal market and enough funds to pay fairly on profitable trades. A small start-up can end up with big financial losses thanks to this model. If they decide to cheat, they can also lose their reputation and clients. Finally, this model has a significant disadvantage in that principal revenue earnings vary from month to month, depending on the market. That is, it may be 30 or 70%... of losses per month.
A-book, or external forex liquidity: pros and cons
A-book is an external liquidity model, i.e., the broker brings all the trades to the market and earns on spread and swaps. They get money from every trade made by the trader. Another advantage is that the broker does not care whether the transaction is profitable or not. They receive the same commission on each transaction. Consequently, the broker is not interested in playing against the trader. The most important thing for a broker in this situation is to increase the trading volume: the more trades are made, the more money they make. It is a classic win-win model with predictable profit and minimal reputational and financial risks. It is the safest choice for a first-time broker: you only pay for the volume, which makes the business manageable and cost-effective. At UpTrader, we also offer a volume-based CRM fee which allows you to start a company with literally a few thousand dollars in your pocket.
Hybrid model: A-book and B-book
Brokers are increasingly opting for a hybrid operations model. After all, from the point of view of financial markets, it is reasonable to keep traders with small deposits on B-book because their profitable deals will not cause the company much financial trouble while unprofitable ones will turn into income. If a client has a lot of funds, however, any of their profitable trades can exceed the broker’s financial capacity. In this case, it is better to transfer that trader to A-book. Alternatively, such clients can be partially transferred to A-book in order to reduce risk exposure.
The advantages of the hybrid model are obvious: first, competent account management allows the company to receive profit both from commissions and from losing trades without risking its own funds. The broker fulfills its obligations to clients, thereby earning loyalty and building reputation. It is important to understand, however, that clients generally do not care whether the trades are brought to the market or not. They pay much more attention to trading conditions and profit payments. If a broker does everything correctly, all parties win. The only downside is that you will need competent risk managers. There are some on the market, but they are usually either employed by other companies or quite expensive. Therefore, you have to choose the hybrid model responsibly.
If have any questions related to forex or crypto liquidity, or if you need liquidity, contact UpTrader team please using our registration form and we will give you the best offer.
For online companies, business has long stopped being about providing a local service for clients from a particular city or country. A successfully launched business cannot stay locked in one region for long, and if the owner thinks globally, they will act the same way. The main task of an international online business is to accept local payments. For example, in Indonesia, Help2Pay or Fasapay are popular payment systems, while in Namibia, only banks transfers are in use and they need banks details much more than they need payment systems. The more systems are integrated into your CRM, the more clients from different countries will be able to buy your service.
There are some companies on the market which provide payment management systems for CRMs. All you have to do is pay for a subscription, and the payment management module will be fully integrated into your CRM. The fee, however, may be quite high. UpTrader also provides this module, and it is already integrated into our CRM along with ready-to-use payment systems. We do not charge separately for it.
We have already integrated more than 50 payment systems into our CRM, and new ones are being added all the time.
UpTrader Pay settings
The module was tailored to the demands of Forex brokers, so it has a wide range of options. So, for your clients’ convenience, you can:
1. Set a country filter.
For example, you work with clients from Indonesia, South Africa, and Germany. You have more than 50 payment systems. Not all of them work for these clients. To avoid confusion, you can only show them options available in their country. UpTrader Pay lets you change the visibility settings to only show certain payment systems for customers registered in a particular country.
2. Set a rule for new and old clients.
For example, you work with payment systems that require meeting certain criteria for clients, such as successful KYC. Therefore you can set such a rule to show new clients certain payment systems that accept new clients but charge high commissions. As well you can show another bunch of payment systems for old clients with lower commicions.
3. Visa and Mastercard.
Only show Visa and Mastercard and automatically substitute payment systems depending on the country.
4. Set a filter by registration date.
For some companies, client registration date is important. For example, you would like to give a bonus to new clients, a commission refund or a deposit bonus when depositing through a certain payment system. You can set up this payment system to be visible only to clients with a certain registration date.
UpTrader Payment Management Value-adds
- No monthly fee
- More than 50 payment systems already integrated
- New payment system integration in 2 weeks
- Free integration of one payment system per month
- Country, deposit, registration date settings
- Fully integrated into UpTrader CRM
- User-friendly interface
We won't say much about why bonuses are so popular. The interest in them never fades. Every new broker launches some kind of a bonus system.
In UpTrader CRM, there are four types of ready-to-use bonuses: % on deposit, welcome bonus, % on balance, or monthly interest, and manual bonus. The settings for each of them allow you the flexibility to make them work for you.
There are 4 bonus types you can set up right away in UpTrader Forex CRM:
% on deposit
Deposit bonus is the most popular bonus type, since it is designed to encourage those who deposit the account. Everybody wins: the client does because they receive more benefits and trading opportunities, and the broker wins because they land a client who is truly ready to trade. Usually, the broker settles on the conditions and the bonus amount, for example, +50% to the deposit amount when depositing from $50 to $10,000. In the “conversion” field, the broker can specify the conditions under which the bonus funds can be converted to cash and become available for withdrawal.
A monthly interest bonus has also gained popularity because it helps build loyalty and encourages clients to stay with the broker longer and to keep more money in their accounts since it becomes more profitable to do that. For example, a broker can set a required minimum account balance for a certain day of the month. If the requirement is met, a client receives a bonus on the balance. The conditions for cashing the bonus are also set in the CRM.
The main rule for this bonus is that a client can only receive it once.A welcome bonus is a popular way to generate traffic. The best way to attract a lot of cheap traffic is to offer free money. But can you turn that traffic into clients? That remains to be seen.
The superpower of a manual bonus means that you can give it just like that. If a manager wants to give out a bonus, they can do it without setting any conditions. This is a very handy sales tool which often helps in the moment.
For each bonus, you can specify description and condition fields. Create your own conditions for bonus programs using our settings!
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The main disadvantage of accepting payments in cryptocurrency is the lack of familiar interface. When paying by card or through a popular EPS (electronic payment systems), no special skills are required to transfer money, all the fields are familiar, processes are automated, crediting is predictable. Cryptocurrency payment is not a mass method yet, and often such payments are made manually, which is inconvenient both for clients and for the company.
The manual way of accepting cryptocurrency payments from brokers’ clients looks something like this:
1) A broker manually creates a payment system in the CRM and specifies in the description an address to which cryptocurrency needs to be transferred.
2) Before transferring money to the broker's wallet, clients need to create a request through this payment system in the CRM.
3) To process these requests, the broker needs to manually open their crypto wallet, check which of these requests are paid and for what amount, because clients can create a request for one amount but actually transfer another one. If the amounts are incorrect, the broker needs to correct them in the requests and then mark the requests as processed or failed (if the money was not transferred).
There are two problems with such a process: manual work and difficulty identifying payments. If a broker has a lot of clients, there can easily be a situation where, say, 2 clients created a $1,000 request around the same time, and only one $1,000 payment came in. It is impossible to identify which client sent that amount, you would have to contact the client to find out.
Manual control inevitably leads to human error, and more often than not such errors amount to more than one thousand dollars. On top of that, as we know, cryptocurrency transactions cannot be undone or disputed.
UpTrader offers its clients to automate cryptocurrency payment acceptance with a crypto gateway. Crypto gateway is a civilised automated way of making cryptopayments with a user-friendly interface that eliminates human error, simplifies the finance department’s work and client transfers.
How UpTrader's crypto gateway works:
1) UpTrader’s crypto gateway has a simple API and easily integrates into any CRM.
2) A unique wallet is created for and associated with each CRM client who requests a crypto deposit. That is, only this client gets this wallet, and the wallet remains the same between different requests, so that the client does not get confused.
3) After that, our crypto gateway traces when money arrives to this wallet and sends data about incoming payments to the CRM which automatically processes requests and corrects amounts.
If cryptocurrency payments happen from time to time in your company and you anticipate an increase in them, take care of automation in advance in order not to run into problems in the future.
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