Funded Trader and Alpha Capital switch to cTrader, Lark Funding to DXTrade

abdelaziz Fathi

Proprietary trading firms Lark Funding and Alpha Capital have both announced changes to their operations that mainly affect their business with US clients.

Lark Funding, based in Canada, announced that it would no longer onboard new US clients. Existing US clients, however, can continue trading as usual for now. At the end of the month, these clients will be migrated to DXTrade, though the specifics of this process are still being finalized. Lark Funding CEO Matt L said he hopes for allowing new US registrations in the future, pending regulatory developments and confirmed that this change does not impact clients outside of the US.

Lark Funding used to provide its trading service through MT4 and MT5 platforms in partnership with Australian broker EightCap. However, the latter will reportedly stop serving proprietary trading firms by February 29. CEO Matt said that while Eightcap’s decision is a setback, they’ve received reassurances from ThinkMarkets about their operations and “solid relationship” with MetaQuotes.

Interestingly, Eightcap CEO Alex Howard said he was disappointed over the misleading narratives being circulated about their activities, citing the lack of a fair opportunity for the company to comment on these matters. Despite ceasing certain relationships, Howard reaffirms, “It’s business as usual for us,” highlighting Eightcap’s ongoing commitment to the CFD, Forex, and Prop industries.

Elsewhere, Alpha Capital has confirmed its switch to the cTrader platform and has suspended sign-ups for US traders. The firm stated that it is seeking clarification on this matter to ensure certainty. However, operations in other jurisdictions remain unaffected by this change.

In a similar move, The Funded Trader, another retail prop platform, has also shifted its technology provider to Spotware Systems, the developer of the cTrader platform.

cTrader’s focus in 2024 would be on developing new tools for Introducing Brokers (IBs) and partners, particularly those related to algorithmic (algo) trading, the company’s head of growth told FinanceFeed in an exclusive interview at the Finance Magnates London Summit 2023.

Nikolai Isayev, editor-in-chief of FinanceFeeds, asked Andrew Mreana about his comments at the FX Expo International in Cyprus regarding My Forex Funds’ collapse and the fragility of the prop trading industry. He also inquired whether its implosion could trigger a domino effect, and how the industry might be preserved.

Mreana clarified that his comments at the FX Expo were based on the hype in the market and concerns about the professionalism and regulation within the prop trading industry. He observed that many individuals involved in prop trading lack professional market knowledge and that the industry is largely unregulated.

The key issue, according to Mreana, is trust. If retail traders lose trust in the prop trading ecosystem or if regulators step in and regulate it as they did with CFDs, it could negatively impact the business. He noted that the risk on the client side in prop trading is relatively low, but the industry’s lack of transparency and uncertainty about the ability of companies to support large liquidity pools are concerning.

Mreana suggested that implementing stringent professional standards within the industry might incentivize Forex brokers to incorporate proprietary trading into their existing businesses. He believes that as long as prop trading is treated with a regulatory mindset, it doesn’t pose a massive problem.

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