It's our 18th anniversary!

The Alpari Story

Today, Alpari is one of the leading names in Forex trading, but getting here didn't come easy. Alpari's history is a story of triumph over seemingly insurmountable odds; a story of three men who started with nothing, during one of the most devastating economic crises in recent history, and managed to develop their small, provincial trading centre into a global online trading company. At Alpari, we believe it was not luck that got us here, but rather our reputation for honest business practices, our devotion to our clients and our forward-thinking approach to business development; values that we have worked to maintain throughout the company's history.

  • 1998

    The government has just defaulted on its loans. The ruble is rapidly depreciating.
    The stock market is on the verge of total collapse. Russia's financial sector has come to a standstill.

    But at this very moment, when it seemed that everything had fallen to pieces, the men who would go on to found our company decided it was time to delve into one of the few markets that had been left standing after a string of defaults – Forex. And they were off and running... meetings were held, a business model was hashed out, technical issues were addressed and a dealing centre was created.

    On December 24, 1998, our upstart dealing centre opened its doors to the public. To this day, we celebrate Alpari's birthday on the 24th of December.

  • 1999 - 2000

    January, 1999

    We hold our first introductory seminar on the Forex market, inviting employees of local banks and investment firms, as well as a number of private investors. Many of those in attendance would end up becoming our clients.

    2000

    Alpari continues its rapid expansion under the direction of Andrey Dashin. The biggest development at Alpari this year is the shift to online trading: at a meeting with MetaQuotes Software founder Renat Fatkhulin, a historic decision is made: Alpari will take its trading online with the newly developed MetaQuotes platform.

    In November 2000, an Alpari client makes the first ever trade through the MetaQuotes platform. At the time, we offered 11 currency pairs, with spreads of 5 pips on the majors.

  • 2001 - 2002

    April, 2001

    Several of our clients, seeing the growth potential of the Forex market, decide to open an Alpari office in their own town.

    November, 2001

    Alpari`s first Moscow office opens.

    November, 2002

    We move all demo trading to the brand-new MetaTrader platform. The new trading software is more user-friendly and offers more features than its predecessor.

    December, 2002

    Long-time friend of Alpari, Boris Shilov, joins the management team.

  • 2003

    January

    We complete the transition to MetaTrader, moving all live trading to the platform.

    October

    "Instant Execution" technology is implemented for the four main currency pairs. This convenient technology allows a client to make transactions at the broker's streaming prices without having to request the price beforehand. We have since worked on gradually applying this technology to all of our products. Today, all Alpari instruments are traded using Instant Execution.

  • 2004

    March

    Alpari offers a free version of MetaTrader for pocket computers.

    May

    Alpari and the Prime-Tass Agency of Economic Information sign an agreement that will allow Alpari to offer economic data from Dow Jones Newswires to its clients.

    June

    We decide to expand our educational offerings by opening the Alpari Trading School.

  • 2005

    January

    We launch our first trading contest for live accounts.

    March

    We celebrate our 10,000th client by awarding the lucky trader with a trip for two to the Canary Islands.

    August

    Alpari introduces the new MetaTrader 4 trading platform.

    September

    Our myAlpari service is launched, providing clients with their own secure personal area to manage their Alpari accounts.

    December

    The Alpari Charitable Fund is founded with Andrey Dashin as its director.

  • 2006

    We begin our worldwide expansion!
    We now have more than 25,000 clients.

    April

    Alpari receives a trophy for having "The Best Exhibition Display" at the 2006 Internet Trading Expo.

    June

    Alpari takes part in the 2006 World Forex Expo in Shanghai, China.

    September

    The Financial Services Authority (FSA, UK) issues a licence to Alpari (UK) Limited to provide online Forex and CFD trading. Two months later, Alpari (UK) is open for business.

    November

    Alpari (US) is registered in the state of New York (USA) in order to become a member of the CFTC and NFA and provide online Forex trading services in the USA.

  • 2007 - 2008

    April, 2007

    Alpari rebrands and introduces its new look at the 2007 International Internet Trading Expo.

    November, 2007

    The US National Futures Association (NFA) recognizes Alpari (US), LLC as a Futures Commission Merchant. Alpari (US) is also licensed as a broker by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

    August, 2008

    Another company is born under the Alpari brand. Alpari Emirates is licensed by the Dubai Department of Economic Development and is authorized to begin conducting business in Dubai.

    November, 2008

    Alpari begins offering technical analysis reports from Trading Central, a leading investment research provider.

  • 2009

    July

    Alpari celebrates a new landmark as its 100,000th client registers for an account!

    October

    Alpari is the first in Russia to offer direct access to the currency market through the Currenex electronic communication network (ECN).

    December

    • Alpari is honoured as the "Company of the Year" in the "Brokerage Services" category at the 2009 National Awards.
    • Alpari is also named the "Fastest Growing Forex Company" in the "Foreign Exchange" category by World Finance UK.
  • 2010

    March

    Alpari signs on as an official sponsor of the legendary FC Spartak Moscow, one of Russia's premier football clubs.

    November

    Alpari unveils the "Gold Account", giving clients the chance to trade on an account denominated in a currency tied to the price of gold.

    December

    • Alpari Financial Services Ltd receives a licence (CIF No.129/10) from yet another European financial regulator (CySec).
    • A short promotional video from Alpari takes home a prize at the 2010 European Excellence Awards.
    • Alpari is honoured as the "Best Execution House" in the "Foreign Exchange" category by World Finance UK.
  • 2011 (I)

    The combined monthly trading volume of companies working under the Alpari brand reaches an all-time high: 210 billion USD.

    Alpari (UK) begins serving Japanese clients after acquiring CMS Japan KK.

    January

    Alpari (US) becomes an official sponsor of the New York Knicks (basketball) and the New York Rangers (hockey). The Alpari brand is advertised in Madison Square Garden.

    February

    Alpari (UK) sponsors one of the largest events in the world of Forex, the London Investor Show.

    March

    Alpari begins offering an economic calendar from leading information agency Thomson Reuters.

  • 2011 (II)

    "Forex Magnates" lists Alpari as one of the five largest Forex brokers in the world in terms of trading volume.

    June

    Alpari (US) is named the "Best Latin American Forex Broker" at the prestigious IBTimes Trading Awards.

    July

    Alpari (UK) signs on to sponsor West Ham United of the Football League Championship.

    November

    • Alpari FS and Alpari (UK) take part in the 9th ME Forex & Investment Summit in Abu Dhabi, taking home awards in the categories for "Best Forex Broker" and "Best PAMM Provider".
    • Alpari (UK) is named the "Best FX Broker" at the 2011 Shares Awards.
  • 2012 (I)

    "Forex Magnates" ranks Alpari as the world's third largest Forex broker in terms of client trading volume. The average monthly trading volume at Alpari for the year 2011 was over 202 billion USD.

    The "Alpari: On Top of the World" project gets underway as Alpari sends a team of climbers to conquer the highest mountain on each of the world's seven continents in under a year.

    January

    The Alpari brand starts sponsoring the NBA's New Jersey Nets.

    February

    The Alpari brand becomes the title sponsor of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, a professional sailing circuit.

  • 2012 (II)

    April

    The PAMM Account service is named the "Best Investment Product on the Forex Market" at the Golden Phoenix Awards.

    May

    • The "Alpari: On Top of the World" team plants the company flag on Mount Everest.
    • Alpari is recognized as having the "Best Investment Product on the Forex Market" at the 19th International TIBO exhibition.

    November

    Alpari is recognized for "Excellence in the Industry and a Sterling Reputation" at the 2012 Forex Expo Awards.

    December

    "Alpari: On Top of the World" wraps up. In the project, Team Alpari climbed the Seven Summits in 300 days, setting several records in the process.

  • 2013

    2013 was a year of financial records for Alpari. August saw year on year turnover break 1 trillion USD. In November, it exceeded 1.469 trillion USD and we also saw the number of active open accounts pass the 1 million mark.

    February

    Alpari becomes the Principal Sponsor of West Ham United FC, of the English Premier League, extending the partnership which began in 2011.

    October

    Alpari becomes a sponsor of the Russian national biathlon team.

    November

    Alpari Limited joins the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, which unites banks and financial companies from all corners of the globe.

    December

    Alpari celebrates its 15th birthday.

  • 2014

    In December, we started our Bonus Program; a scheme previously unheard of in the Forex industry where our clients can select their own terms for trading, investment and money transfers.

    February

    A partnership is agreed with St. Petersburg's UEFA-cup-winning football club, FC Zenit.

    July

    A new analytical service; Investment Ideas, is started, in which the most up-to-date and potentially highly profitable suggestions as to where to invest can be found.

    September

    A new service for trading binary options is launched.

  • 2015 (I)

    March

    client registers with Alpari

    January

    At the end of January, Alpari bosses made another practical move by visiting Hong Kong, where they met with the licensing body of the financial market there: the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC). “Asia is the most rapidly growing and promising market. As a result of the trip to Hong Kong by Alpari's top management, we took the decision to start preparing documents in order to receive the necessary licensing,” Andrey Dashin commented on the visit.

    April

    Alpari launches a revolutionary new ECN account with enhanced stability, increased order execution and precision, allowing company clients to trade according to the same conditions as professional traders in the world’s biggest banks and global market makers, meanwhile allowing users of trading robots to implement complex and high-speed strategies without any limit.

  • 2015 (II)

    August

    Alpari extends its partnership agreement with St. Petersburg's UEFA-cup-winning FC Zenit.

    November

    • Alpari is recognised as the Best Binary Options Broker at the Finance Magnates Awards 2015 in London.
    • Our PAMM Account service successfully undergoes a compliance check of its key indicators. This expert service was provided by the independent audit-consulting company, Baker Tilly Russaudit.

    December

    Alpari starts offering a new informational service - FxWirePro - allowing clients to read financial news right in the MetaTrader 4 trading platform.

  • 2016 (I)

    January

    Alpari takes part in the largest international exhibition (iFXExpo) in Hong Kong, taking yet another step forward with its expansion into Asia.

    March

    With support from Alpari, Russian grandmaster Sergey Karyakin wins the Candidates Tournament and is granted the right to challenge for the title of chess world champion.

    April

    The first results of the work of the Alpari Cashback loyalty program are calculated. Since the moment it was launched, we've paid out over 2,350,000 USD to our clients.

  • 2016 (II)

    October

    Alpari opens its headquarters in Mauritius and begins negotiations with the country’s leaders on how to create a financial centre in the Indian Ocean.

    November

    Alpari is granted licensing from the Bank of Russia, again affirming its status as one of the most dependable brokers in the country.

    December

    • With sponsorship from Alpari, Sergey Karyakin becomes the runner up in the title for world chess champion.
    • Alpari Eurasia is granted licensing from the National Bank of Belarus.
    • By the end of 2016, the Alpari Cashback program had paid out over 3.5 million USD in compensation to clients!
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