No Dealing Desk

In 2007, FXCM introduced No Dealing Desk (NDD) execution for forex transactions. Our aim was to provide a more efficient and fair model for pricing and execution than the model used by most dealing desks brokers in the forex industry. We achieved that goal: NDD prices are competitive and market-driven, and NDD execution is transparent and fair.

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Major Benefits

  • Competitive, market-driven prices
  • Anonymous order execution (price providers cannot see your stops, limits, or entry orders)
  • No trading conflict of interest between broker and trader
  • No re-quotes1; no dealer intervention
  • No restrictions on the strategy you use (scalp, trade the news, use any EA)
  • Potential Price Improvements on all order types

How Does it Work

Pricing

In the NDD model, FXCM acts as a price aggregator. Once a mark-up is added, we take the best available bid and best ask prices from our liquidity providers and stream those prices to the platforms we provide. That's the price you see. FXCM's liquidity providers include global banks, financial institutions, and other market makers. This large, diverse group of liquidity providers is one of the things that make this model special.

When you trade with a standard Dealing Desk, you may not know where the prices are coming from or if they actually reflect prices in the broader market. FXCM's deep and diverse pool of liquidity providers helps to ensure that NDD prices are reliable - not set by a single provider - and that they do reflect the broader forex market. Also, through competition, the NDD model ensures that prices are market-driven and fair. FXCM rewards liquidity providers with order flow when they provide the best bid or ask prices. The more advantageous their prices are the more order flow the liquidity provider will receive. The less advantageous, the less order flow they will receive. This efficient selection method keeps a single liquidity provider from adversely affecting your price.

Execution

FXCM does not take a market position, eliminating a major trading conflict of interest. Dealing Desk brokers may actively trade against your positions. They can profit when you lose. Alternatively, they may lose when you profit. Because of this, Dealing Desk brokers are incentivized to manipulate your orders. They may for example place restrictions on stops and limits or re-quote your orders. FXCM's NDD execution model does none of this. Your orders automatically fill from the NDD price feed, which is the best available bid and best ask prices from all of our liquidity providers after FXCM's mark-up. Additionally, your orders are anonymous to the liquidity providers. They cannot see your stops, limits, or entry orders; they only see market orders coming from FXCM.

Higher Spreads

On FXCM's 12 most popular currency pairs, the NDD execution spreads may be up to one pip higher than FXCM's Dealing Desk spreads. This is why some traders choose Dealing Desk execution. Please note that FXCM does not guarantee that quotes, prices, or spreads will always be better on one form of execution as compared to the other. Customers should consider many factors when deciding which execution type best suits their needs (e.g., conflict of interest, trading style or strategy, etc.).

Execution Disclaimer
When trading Forex on both FXCM's dealing desk and no dealing desk execution models, FXCM is the final counterparty to these transactions. In both execution models FXCM aggregates the bid and ask prices from a pool of liquidity providers. The quotes that are displayed on FXCM's platforms are the best available bid and ask quotes after FXCM's mark-up has been applied. FXCM's mark-up may vary by liquidity provider and account type. Many factors are taken into account when a mark-up is decided including but not limited to a liquidity provider's quote rejection rates, network performance (e.g., latency), depth of liquidity, and overall quality of execution. Please note that FXCM may receive payment for order flow from its liquidity providers. On the Dealing Desk execution model FXCM can act as the dealer on some or all currency pairs. There are also back up liquidity providers that fill in whenever FXCM does not act as the dealer. Please note that FXCM's Dealing Desk employs fewer liquidity providers than the No Dealing Desk (NDD) execution option.

FXCM does not guarantee that quotes, prices, or spreads will always be better on one form of execution as compared to the other. Customers should consider many factors when deciding which execution type best suits their needs (e.g., trading style or strategy). For more information, see our Execution Risks. Please note that contractual relationships with liquidity providers are consolidated through the firm's U.S. affiliate, Forex Capital Markets, LLC. Forex Capital Markets, LLC maintains agreements with multiple price providers and in turn provides technology and pricing to the group affiliate entities.