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FXCM Issues Statement on CFTC Complaint

NEW YORK, Aug. 19, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FXCM Inc. (FXCM) (or the “Company”), today issued a statement on the complaint filed yesterday by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) alleging violations of certain provisions of the Commodity Exchange Act. The CFTC claims relate to the unprecedented and unforeseen crisis that occurred in January 2015 – more than twenty months ago – when the Swiss National Bank (“SNB”) shocked the world currency market by announcing in the middle of a trading day that it was discontinuing the minimum exchange rate of the Swiss Franc to the Euro (the “SNB Event”). The Company is very disappointed by the CFTC’s decision to file this complaint and attempt to punish FXCM who, like other market participants, was a victim of the SNB Event.

The SNB Event damaged world markets and damaged FXCM and its customers. By the close of business on January 15, 2015, FXCM customers lost approximately $225 million. As a result of such losses, FXCM experienced for the very first and only time in its history a one-day regulatory net capital shortfall. FXCM thereafter promptly notified both the CFTC and the National Futures Association (the “NFA”) of its net capital shortfall due to the unforeseen SNB Event. Within hours of...