Atriax must be the worst-kept secret in finance today. Those in the foreign exchange business have been talking for months of Atriax, the latest in a series of ForEx-trading Web sites, though its supposed creators, Citigroup, Chase Manhattan Corp. and Deutsche Bank, won't comment on the rumors.

If Atriax materializes early next year, as expected, it will join a half-dozen online ForEx-trading forums that have all but one been created within the past 12 months.

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