Alpari Academy: New professional online and offline courses on Forex trading
Unique cooperation between independent training providers and online Forex platform
February 23, 2009 – On the occasion of the launch of its new website at Alpari.co.uk, Alpari (UK), one of the world’s fastest growing online foreign exchange service providers, today introduced an education programme to help investors make informed and responsible trading decisions.
Called Alpari Academy, the new offering is two-pronged: Comprehensive video tutorials and webinars, provided by Learning Markets, an impartial provider of high quality online educational information, will be freely available for the whole online trading community. This online material will be supplemented by traditional, institutional-level seminars hosted by Schneider Trading Associates (STA), an industry leading global trading facilitation company authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.
“The retail Forex market is maturing rapidly, and customers are beginning to ask for more than yet another trading platform. They want a complete package,” says Cyril Tabet, Head of Marketing at Alpari (UK). “To go beyond what our competition offers, we came up with Alpari Academy, an educational offer that will train our retail customers while familiarising them with Alpari’s online trading range of products. We were able to secure two high-profile, impartial training partners to provide retail traders with access to both free in-depth online courses and live training seminars that were previously reserved for top tier financial institutions only. We believe this is unique for a retail Forex service provider, and this is not only a result of Alpari’s efforts to enrich its institutional-level service offering to retail customers – it is yet another sign of the emerging importance of retail Forex.”
Free online learning
Listening to a client base of about 100,000 live accounts, Alpari’s customer services teamed up with Learning Markets to extract and address real issues and situations that novice, intermediate and experienced traders deal with on a daily basis. The resulting online learning material consists of tutorial videos and live presentations over the web (webinars), where Learning Markets cofounders John Jagerson and S. Wade Hansen, both Forex veterans and respected financial markets commentators, discuss investing principles in the live market environment.
The free learning material will cover a variety of topics including one of the web’s most preferred platforms for retail Forex trading, MetaTrader 4, the Forex market as a whole, fundamental and technical analysis as well as portfolio management. “We believe we have put together the most comprehensive training videos on MetaTrader 4 you can find on the entire web,” says John Jagerson. “In a maturing retail Forex industry, we are happy to support Alpari, a company that is taking its responsibility towards the whole online trading community seriously, enabling them to gradually develop their skills and make informed and responsible trading decisions.”
Schneider Trading Associates (STA) are the core delivery agent of all Alpari live training content. Named “Alpari FX Graduate Programme”, the intensive five days, hands-on and face-to-face training courses will be held in a purpose-built STA training facility with 23 trading stations, located in the heart of the London financial district. The team of instructors includes Forex heavyweights Shaun Downey, Stephen Gallo, Steve Ward, and Nick McDonald. Participants are educated on a variety of core topics such as MetaTrader 4, technical & fundamental analysis, risk & money management, trading psychology, and strategy development. Additionally, all FX Graduate alumnis will have unlimited access to exclusive 40 to 60 minutes webinars and the Alpari FX Graduate Forum. Courses will start on the 20th of April. Spaces are available for the first 100 applicants at a discounted rate of £2,995.
“This is the first time a provider like STA, which has until now concentrated on the institutional side of the market, is partnering with a retail Forex broker like Alpari to raise the level of expertise in retail traders”, says Matthew Silvester, Head of Training at STA. “The seminars and online webinars are a great opportunity for retail traders to access training resources and infrastructure that we usually only provide to institutional traders.”
"Alpari has always strived to ensure that our clients have an informed and reliable online trading experience through advanced, proprietary trading technology, comprehensive education and world-class customer service. We understand that power is nothing without control. Our new, tailored educational service is an opportunity for our clients and the entire online trading community to become informed and responsible FX traders," says Andrey Vedikhin, co-founder of the Alpari Group and CEO of Alpari (UK).
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About the Alpari Brand:
Alpari Group is one of the fastest growing providers of online foreign exchange (“FOREX”, “FX”) trading services, with 20 offices in 6 countries, including London, New York, Shanghai, Dubai, Moscow, and Kiev. With 300 employees worldwide, 100 000 live accounts and monthly Forex trading volumes in excess of USD 60 Billion, the Alpari Group has experienced an impressive global growth in Live Accounts of nearly 500 percent during 2008.
The catalyst behind Alpari Group’s success is its dedication to invest in institutional-level online trading proprietary technologies and to deliver a world-class customer service. Individual traders, money managers and institutional clients worldwide benefit from one of the most reputed platforms, Meta Trader 4, and from comprehensive market analysis as well as educational tools to enhance their online trading experience.
Alpari was launched in Russia in 1998, where it is one of the current market leaders. With the aim of expanding its global footprint, Alpari shareholders established several companies in major world financial centres.
Alpari (UK) was established in 2004. The company is based in the heart of the City of London, where it is authorized and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (“FSA”) and is covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (“FSCS”); this means retail clients are eligible to make a claim from the FSCS in the event Alpari (UK) is unable to meet its financial obligations. Alpari (UK) customers are further protected, with the first $5,000 of each customer’s funds* held in a segregated account.
Alpari (US) was established in 2006. The company is based on Wall Street, in the financial district of New York City, where it is registered by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) as a Futures Commission Merchant (“FCM”) and is a member of the National Futures Association (“NFA”).
Alpari China, in Shanghai, and Alpari Emirates, in Dubai, were established in 2008. Alpari Emirates is duly licensed by the Department of Economic Development, Dubai.
* Segregation of the first $5,000 of each Alpari (UK) customer accounts.
About Schneider Trading Associates Ltd (STA)
Schneider Group is an industry leading global trading facilitation company serving professional traders and brokers and corporate clients across the world with an emphasis on its core values of inclusivity, responsiveness and client partnership development. Its mission is to become the preeminent financial service provider for the professional trader and broker.
The Schneider Group was founded in 1998 to facilitate electronic market screen based trading of Futures, Options, Equities and CFD’s. An important focus of Schneider’s growth has always been the provision of the highest level of professional trading services to its clients by establishing successful partnerships, a focus on continued research and development and the training and support of new and experienced traders.
Schneider flagship trading arcade in the heart of the City of London and affiliated offices across the world offer an exciting, state of the art and profitable trading environment, which with our competitive advantage allows traders to fulfill their potential.
About Learning Markets
Learning Markets was founded by four online publishing industry veterans with decades of combined experience in financial services. The company offers high quality educational information about stock, option and forex investing. The team is dedicated to creating best-in-class financial education for active investors in a voice that is both transparent and forthright. Contributors include published authors, speakers and active investors.
For further information, please contact:
Alpari (UK) Ltd
Tel: +44 (0)20 7648 4560
Web site: www.alpari.co.uk
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Tel: +44 (0)208 133 3140