DXtrade API Suite for Seamless Integration with Brokerage Infrastructure

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The financial software industry offers brokers myriad solutions to enhance their services, streamline operations, and provide better client experiences. However, to leverage these solutions, brokers need to be able to integrate them with their trading platforms and servers. Some vendors restrict such integrations, forcing brokers to fall back on API gateways. Others publicly share their APIs, eliminating the need for an intermediary.

This article will discuss how brokers can improve their business through API integrations. But as usual, we’ll first cover the basics.

What are APIs?

API, which stands for Application Programming Interface, refers to a service contract between two applications. The word “Application” denotes any software with a distinct function. This contract defines how the two applications communicate using requests and responses. The API documentation contains instructions for developers on structuring these requests and responses.

APIs serve as mechanisms that enable two software components to communicate with each other using a set of definitions and protocols. For instance, an economic news provider communicates with a broker’s trading platform via APIs to provide investors with current affairs on which they can base trading decisions.

What are API integrations?

API architecture is commonly described using the client-server model. In this model, the client refers to the application making the request, while the server refers to the application responding. For instance, in the economic news example, the news provider’s database is the server, and a broker’s trading apps act as the client.

The purpose and benefits of APIs


APIs facilitate the integration of third-party services with a broker’s trading systems. Such third-party services include financial data providers, risk management tools, compliance solutions, or customer relationship management (CRM) systems. This integration can provide brokers access to a broader range of tools and data to better serve their clients and manage their operations efficiently.

APIs also provide a scalable and flexible way to extend the functionality of broker software without extensive custom development. Brokers can leverage APIs to add new features quickly, integrate with new services, or adapt to changing market conditions.

Brokers can also use APIs to build customized client portals or chatbots that provide clients access to their investment portfolios, real-time market data, research reports, and other relevant information from the broker’s backend systems.


The arrival of new apps prompts significant changes across the financial industry. Brokers can adapt quickly by making changes at the API level without rewriting the entire codebase. When ChatGPT arrived, all the craze was about integrating it with financial solutions to prevent clients from switching between tabs and apps.

On a more traditional note, APIs provided by trading platform vendors can automate trading strategies or execute trades programmatically based on predefined criteria. This can help investment brokers’ clients execute trades more efficiently, minimize errors, and take advantage of market opportunities in real time.

Automating risk management through APIs is also viable, although stock brokers prefer to get all their risk management tools inseparably from their trading platforms.

One of the most popular API applications is automating compliance and reporting by integrating with relevant tools. This can include features such as trade reconciliation, audit trails, and regulatory report generation.

Easy maintenance

The API serves as a bridge between two systems. Both systems must make internal adjustments to ensure that the API remains unaffected. This ensures that any future code modifications one party makes do not adversely impact another party.

Devexperts’ experience

We offer three trading platforms for stock and derivatives brokers, FX/CFD brokers, and crypto brokers and exchanges. We’re one of those software vendors that openly offers APIs, which DXtrade brokers can use to integrate and automate any part of operations.

Here’s a small summary of the APIs we offer:

  1. DXtrade REST API—REST API for trading operations, account data, metrics, and market data
  2. DXtrade Push API—Websockets API to subscribe for asynchronous account and market data updates
  3. DXtrade FIX Market Data API—Market data distribution over FIX protocol
  4. DXtrade FIX Trading API—B2B FIX API for trading
  5. DXtrade Administrative REST API—REST API for account and user management, deposits, and withdrawals.

We have all the proper API documentation for easy integration.


API integrations are pivotal in elevating the capabilities of brokers’ technology infrastructure. By harnessing the power of APIs, brokers can seamlessly integrate third-party services, automate processes, and ensure the effortless maintenance of their systems. The open availability of APIs, such as those offered by DXtrade, equips brokers with the flexibility and tools necessary to enhance their operations, elevate client experiences, and remain competitive in the ever-evolving financial industry.

If your trading platform provider throws sand in the wheels of your brokerage by depriving you of APIs and forcing you to use gateways, come test DXtrade. Your brokerage business should be about you!