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This bulletin is being sent to remind our clients of recent increased fraudulent activity in on-line brokerage accounts worldwide. There has recently been an increase in the reported cases of fraudulent trading activity in online brokerage accounts with corresponding warnings from the SEC, the FINRA and other law enforcement and self-regulatory organizations. Typically, the schemes involve "hijacking" a valid customer account.

Two most common methods of identity theft involve "phishing" and "malware". "Phishing" refers to email campaigns that prompt a customer to visit a Web-site (typically designed to look like a familiar and official web page) and enter their own personal information under some supposedly legitimate pretext. "Malware" or "spyware" involves any malicious program that is loaded on a customer's computer in order to allow for an intruder to assume control of the machine, or to log the customer's activity so that all typed username and password combinations can be recorded and used illegitimately.

Below is an example of a phishing email:


As you can see from the above example, phishing emails look very realistic. Therefore, it is important to stay well informed and take strong precautions to protect your account information and computers. Should you ever receive an email from MB Trading that directs you to a link to your MB Trading account, please type our URL by hand: WE WILL NEVER SEND YOU A LINK BACK TO OUR WEBSITE THAT REQUIRES YOU TO ENTER YOUR USER NAME OR PASSWORD.

Here are some tips on avoiding these fraud schemes:

  • Never click or respond to an embedded link in an e-mail asking for personal or banking information
  • Never access a brokerage account from Internet access points in public places such as hotels and airports.
  • Diligently use precautions such as robust firewalls and anti-spyware software.
  • After logging out of your on-line account, you should empty your cache memory to protect the confidentiality of your personal information.
  • If you believe you may have been a victim of fraud, please contact law enforcement agencies immediately.
  • Check your account statements thoroughly.
If you should receive any phishing emails from MB Trading, please forward the email to [email protected].

For additional information about phishing scams or identity theft, please visit:



MB Trading, IB member FINRA, SIPC; MB Trading Futures, Inc. RFED/IB and member NFA. Trading in futures, options and Forex is speculative in nature and not appropriate for all investors. Investors should only use risk capital when trading futures, options and Forex because there is always the risk of substantial loss. MBTFS and MBTFX are sometimes referred to collectively herein as "MB Trading."

1MB Trading FX offers two Forex pricing models. Both models employ our RFED to client facing execution system with slightly different pricing and markup models.  For purpose of clarity the two pricing models (Plan 1 and Plan 2) both operate on the same technology.  The underlying technology is named The MB Trading Electronic Xrossing Network, abbreviated as EXN for the remainder of this disclaimer.  The main differentiator between the models is twofold.

A.    Difference in amount of markup or markdown of liquidity partner (banks) quotes when displayed to clients.
B.    Commission Structure charged to client

Plan 1 or “Pay for Limit” plan employs the EXN technology in a commission model. This model charges a client 2.50 in their base currency per 100k of executed currency for market orders and pays a client .50 of base currency for posted, executed limit orders. In the Pay for Limits model, the term "Payment for Limit Order" refers to a non-market order which is not immediately executable and rests on the internal limit order book for some period of time, thus adding liquidity when another order of equal or greater value fills with the resting order.

Free Commission Plan employs the EXN technology in a markup only plan, which means that MB Trading receives a markup embedded in the spread as compensation. This plan does not add an additional commission, does not pay the client a rebate for posted liquidity as Plan 1 does yet does still offer the benefit of allowing the client to post quotes which is displayed to all other clients on Plan 2.

Additional information to note is that “Actual Total Paid to Clients” counter is kept on the company website which displays The Actual Total Paid to Clients currency number which is updated every five minutes and stops counting during the weekend when the market is closed. The number calculates from the launch of Pay for Limits, which was January 31, 2011.

Due to higher cost of business in China, “Get paid for limit orders” is not available for Chinese residents. All Chinese residents have a fee of 2.50 for all order types. Accounts with special commission rates are excluded from Payment for Limit Orders. There is a minimum fee of $0.01 for all Forex and spot trading orders that take liquidity.

MB Trading earned a 4.5 out of 5 star rating in Barron’s 2011 Review of Online Brokers, tying for the top spot overall. The company earned a total of 33.8 points, one tenth of a point under the top score. MB Trading also scored in the top three for separate categories of Range of Offerings, Trade Experience, Trading Technology, Usability, and Customer Service and Education. MB Trading earned a 4.5 out of 5 star rating in Barron's 2010 Review of Online Brokers. The company ranked second overall and tied for first place in the categories of Trade Experience and Portfolio Analysis & Reporting. The company also won the category of Usability. The company also tied for first place in the separate categories of "Best for Frequent Traders" and "Best for Options Traders." This survey evaluated 27 Online Firms and does not include all Online Brokers.

*Real-time Forex Quotes are provided via the MBT Quote API. Quotes are available during platform hours from Sunday at 5 pm EST to Friday at 5 pm EST, except during the scheduled maintenance period from 4:58 pm to 5:06 pm EST. Extended maintenance periods are possible, and messages regarding maintenance are sent via the MBT Desktop, MBT Desktop Pro, and MBT Web 2.0 trading platforms. In addition, MBT begins MetaTrader 4 maintenance at 4:57 pm EST, one minute earlier.

MB Trading provides FREE real-time streaming Forex quotes in all software platforms. Demo accounts receive FREE streaming Stocks, Futures, and Options quotes which are delayed up to 20 minutes (per individual exchange requirement). FREE real-time streaming quotes for Stocks, Futures, and Options is available to nonprofessional users with funded, live accounts.

MB Trading provides Google Translation of our website for educational or informational purposes for its international customers. The graphics, applications and some portions of the website are not translated. Customers must bear the sole responsibility of evaluating their regional translation before making any decisions based on such information outside of what the English version of the site represents.