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Sunday, July 26, 2009

FXCM Acquires Certain Assets of Hotspot FXr's Retail Forex Business to Expand Active Trader Platform

Forex Capital Markets LLC ( ) today announced it has reached an agreement to acquire certain assets of the U.S. retail forex business of Hotspot FXr LLC to further expand the deep liquidity offered via its Active Trader platform. Hotspot FXr's affiliate, Hotspot FXi LLC, will continue to offer its platform for institutional FX trading.

"Hotspot FXr is a major innovator in the field of fair and transparent pricing. While the retail clients of Hotspot FXr will be moving to a new platform, they will continue to receive pricing which is free of influences from the dealing desk," said Drew Niv, CEO of Forex Capital Markets (FXCM). "Every price is derived from a major bank and every trade is offset. FXCM and Hotspot FXr share the same fair pricing principles."
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Hotspot FXr's retail forex business is a perfect fit with FXCM's focus on expanding its Active Trader Group. FXCM's Active Trader platform was developed to meet the needs of non-institutional traders exceeding $10 million in monthly volume. The Active Trader platform is revolutionary in the retail forex space, offering pricing transparency, with a five level display of market depth.

The deep liquidity available through FXCM's Active Trader platform derives from the firm's long standing liquidity relationships with many of the world's largest banks and financial institutions. The platform provides agency (no dealing desk) execution where all trades are offset, with FXCM taking no market risk. This enables FXCM to focus on obtaining competitive pricing and providing the best technology to its clients.

Upon completion of the transaction:

-- Subject to consent of Hotspot FXr's retail clients and regulatory
approval, accounts are expected to be transferred from Hotspot FXr to FXCM
on February 13, 2009
-- FXCM's purchase will further bolster the firm's Active Trader Group
-- FXCM anticipates monthly average trading volume on the Active Trader
platform to increase

FXCM welcomes the retail clients of Hotspot FXr. Each client will be individually contacted in the next few days to provide a seamless transition to FXCM's Active Trader platform. FXCM staff is available to answer questions about the transition and can be contacted at 646.432.2970 or .

FT Partners served as sole strategic advisor to FXCM.

Forex Capital Markets LLC is one of the Largest Forex Dealer Members. More than 125,000 live accounts are traded on FXCM trading platforms. As of January 2009, an average of $500 billion in notional volume is traded each month on FXCM trading platform, while as of January 2009, in excess of $600 million in customer funds trading on platforms offered by FXCM.

Hotspot FXr, L.L.C. and Hotspot FXi, L.L.C. are subsidiaries of Knight Capital Group, Inc. Hotspot FXi, L.L.C. offers spot foreign exchange trade execution through an advanced, fully electronic platform to institutional clients and Hotspot FXr, L.L.C. provides foreign exchange trading services to retail clients. Both entities were acquired by Knight Capital Group, Inc. on April 1, 2006.

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