|Renat Fatkhullin CEO|
MetaTrader 4 Mobile
MetaTrader 5 Mobile
Number of employees
MetaQuotes Software Corp. is a Russian software company that produces the MetaTrader family of online trading platforms: MetaTrader 4 and MetaTrader 5 (also known as MT4 and MT5). It specializes in the development of software for financial markets. The company is registered in Cyprus, however, it was founded and is primarily based in Russia. The company's main focus is on Forex market trading software with its trading platform MetaTrader which is being used in over 450 brokerage companies and banks around the world.
MetaQuotes Software Corporation was established in 2000 in Russia with the launch of FX Charts, an online charting package used for margin FX trading. It became popular with traders as it could be run on a Windows PC and did not require dedicated and expensive equipment.
In 2001, it released its second major version of the application and renamed it MetaQuotes, which expanded the range of instruments that could be traded. In addition to currencies, it also included support for the newly emerging CFDs (Contracts for difference). The application also allowed users to write their own trading programs and strategies using its own MetaQuotes Language (MQL). This substantially increased the flexibility and utility of the client trading platform.
In early 2002, it released its third version of MetaTrader. This again expanded the number of financial products with the addition of futures contracts, but more importantly it expanded programming language for trading strategies with MQL II. A number of users and third parties started to develop functions and libraries using the new version of the built in programming language and APIs.
On July 1, 2005, it released MetaTrader 4 or MT4. This was a major overhaul of the platform. This version allowed the client trading platform to connect via an optional 'Data Center', which dramatically increased the server side stability, reduced server load and made it more resilient to security threats such as Denial-of-service attacks. The client software was also upgraded with a new version of the C-like language for trading strategies programming called MetaQuotes Language 4 (MQL 4). Later that year MetaQuotes also released its first version of the trading platform for mobile devices. The MT4 communication protocol was not backward compatible with previous versions, and MetaQuotes Software refused to open the Client API, meaning all of the previous client developed code no longer worked. The client API did however significantly extend the functionality of the programming language for trading strategies with MQL4, including support for a DLL interface. This version of the software became popular with a large number of users and became the main product of MetaQuotes Software for the next 5 years.
In 2005 development of the TeamWox, a CRM system started for the company internal use. In 2009, the first public commercial version of TeamWox was released and went on to win various industry awards.
On June 1, 2010 MetaQuotes Software officially released MetaTrader 5 or MT5 the next version of its trading platform. It expanded the number of products that could be traded from just Forex to include stocks and commodities. MT5 also includes a new version of the programming language called MQL5. The new MT5 client trading terminal differs in a number of ways from MT4 and was not backward compatible. Uptake of the new version was slow and by April, 2011 MetaTrader had only 50 companies featuring the new version with over 400 companies remaining on MT4 mainly due to the lack of backward compatibility. Additionally, there has been an overall reluctance to adopt the new MQL5 programming language.
Automated Trading Championship
Between 2006 and 2012, the company conducted annual Automated Trading Championship for software developers in MQL4 with the aim of demonstrating the possibilities of automated trading. During this event, specially written robotic computer programs face off against each other by analyzing the prices of various financial instruments and trading them in real time. Under the terms of the championship, all of the programs would run simultaneously for three months under identical conditions. The competition has been sponsored by MIG Bank, FXCM, Dow Jones & Company and other companies in previous years. There was no Championship in 2009 and the series has been cancelled after 2012 event.
The company is registered in the offshore zone of Cyprus from where it makes sales and provides marketing and technical support. Software development is primarily done in Russia and the company has representative offices in Turkey, China, Singapore, Australia, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Pakistan, and Thailand.
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