MetaQuotes Software Corp. is a leading provider of industrial software products for financial markets. The main focus of MetaQuotes Software Corp. is the development and implementation of professional, high quality online trading platforms for automated online brokerage services in Forex, CFD, and Futures markets. MetaQuotes Software Corp. is a world leader in a number of successfully implemented online trading platform solutions within a wide range of dynamic business environments.
Founded in year 2000, MetaQuotes Software Corp. released its first professional online trading platform, FX Charts. The platform was specifically adapted to the Forex market, contained all required functionalities, and has been extensively maintained over its lifetime to meet the demands and requirements of the market at that time. In 2001, MetaQuotes Software Corp. has released its second online trading platform - MetaQuotes. Unlike FX Charts, MetaQuotes was designed to work in both Forex, and CFD markets. In addition, the platform included a new, truly innovative feature - programming language for trading strategies - MetaQuotes Language, (MQL). This feature opened whole new opportunities in the functionalities of the client terminal. It has been widely accepted and has proved to be highly successful within traders' community, and has revolutionized the online trading experience.
In 2002, MetaQuotes Software Corp. released its third online trading platform - MetaTrader. The platform was additionally adapted to the Futures market, and a new, more flexible programming language for trading strategies was implemented - MQL II. The continual strive toward the improvement of MetaTrader platform over a number of years, made this product highly successful, making it the most popular online trading platform in the world. In 2003, MetaQuotes Software Corp. was among the first pioneers in the implementation of the trading terminals for mobile devices - MetaTrader CE and MetaTrader for Palm.
On July 1st, 2005, MetaQuotes Software Corp. released its up-to-date online trading platform - MetaTrader 4. It is designed to work with Forex, CFD, and Futures markets. The MetaTrader 4 Server by far outperforms the previous system in productivity, performance and reliability. The MetaTrader 4 Client Terminal became even more functional, flexible, convenient, and is a powerful tool in the hands of a trader.
A new C-like programming language for trading strategies MetaQuotes Language 4 (MQL4) has been developed, and has been widely recognized the best language for automated trading. The productivity and flexibility of the language closely resembles the professional C programming language. With the great features of MQL4, MetaQuotes Software Corp. organized the world championships - Automated Trading Championship 2006-2008.
In October 2005, MetaQuotes Software Corp. released a new mobile terminal - MetaTrader 4 Mobile. The mobile terminal consists of both a wide range of analytical tools and flexible trading system. It is considered one of the best mobile trading terminals in the world. MetaTrader 4 Mobile has become highly popular and found the largest market share within just two months. On the 1st of July 2007, the second mobile terminal was released by MetaQuotes Software Corp. - the MetaTrader 4 Mobile Smartphone Edition.
On June 1st, 2010, MetaQuotes Software Corp. released its fifth platform - MetaTrader 5. Its main difference is the possibility to go beyond Forex. MetaTrader 5 is designed to work with various financial and equity markets. With its wide functional, high performance and scalability, MetaTrader 5 is one of the most advanced platforms of all that currently exist. MetaQuotes Software Corp. is planning further development of the platform and the release of new mobile terminals for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.
With the new platform, traders received the new MetaTrader 5 client terminal and the MQL5 development environment. The terminal offers a dramatically new trading system and enhanced analytical options. The new MQL5 development environment comprises not only the language and execution module, but also an improved Strategy Tester and the Editor with the debugger functions.
To support the community of developers of Expert Advisors, the company has launched a new website of MQL5.community The website features the language documents, various articles and ready-made MQL5 programs. In June 2010, two new services were started on the website: payments and Job aimed at organizing custom development of MQL5 programs. Two more services are to be launched soon - Store and Signals, and the new book on MQL5 by Sergey Kovalyov will be released.
Today, MetaQuotes Software Corp. is the most widely recognized worldwide provider of innovative, high quality, reliable, and industry-leading software solutions for the financial markets. Currently, MetaQuotes Software Corp. has its offices in Russia, Cyprus, Shanghai, Singapore and the United Kingdom. The corporate staff is currently comprised of highly qualified personnel, and our numbers continue to grow. MetaQuotes Software Corp. will remain dedicated to its ultimate goal - the continuing development of only the best online trading platforms, and to make the trading experience even more profitable, convenient and easy-to-use. To achieve this goal, MetaQuotes Software Corp. will always keep up with industry changes, utilizing its expertise in the latest available information technologies and innovations, and will always strive for continual improvement in the development and maintenance of its online trading platforms.
In 2006, the company conducted the first annual Automated Trading Championship 2006. 258 developers of automated trading systems from all over the world participated in the contest. Upon closure of the Championship, the best three developers shared the Championship's prize of 80 000 US dollars. A year on, the company conducted the second Automated Trading Championship 2007. This time, 603 developers participated in the contest. The third Championship was held in 2008 and was the most successful one of all. 705 Expert Advisors participated in the contest, while it winner increased his starting deposit 17 times. The Championships enriched automated trading as an industry and provided a comprehensive basis for various research in this field.
In 2009, we took a break and did not conduct the annual Championship. This was the time when all our forces were focused on the release of the new MetaTrader 5 Platform. So we decided to hold the fourth Automated Trading Championship in 2010. Unlike previous contests, this event is organized on the basis of the new MetaTrader 5 Platform, so Expert Advisors written in MQL5 will participate in it.