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Merger prospects fuel rumour mill

Online Foreign Exchange

Author: Tessa Oakley

Currenex is making top-level management changes at a time when rumours abound of imminent consolidation in online foreign exchange ventures. The appointment of a new chief financial officer at Currenex also comes amid word that the platform faces financing trouble.

Currenex is said to be finding it difficult to secure funding and to be seeking capital from new shareholders. Lori Mirek, president and CEO of Currenex, denies this. "We're continuously being approached by really exceptional investors but we haven't taken any [new] capital because we haven't needed any," she says. "The greatest financial security is a business plan and a model that works. We're on the path to achieving profitability very quickly."

One reason for speculation over the future of Currenex is the expectation that FXall and Atriax are set to put the forex market out of its misery and merge. Not only will this solve the decision of which platform to commit to but it will also create one pool of liquidity in online forex, which may help pave the way towards an exchange model for currency trading. Having one liquidity pool in the bank-to-client market might also prompt a link with interbank markets EBS and Reuters, so that tight pricing is available to buy side and sell side on one platform.

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