Compete to Win
Showcase your trading skills against your peers in FXCM's $10,000 Monthly Challenge, only available to FXCM clients with an FXCM Standard Account. Join the monthly contest by opening an FXCM Standard Account with as little as $50.
How do I join the contest?
All you have to do is open an FXCM Standard Account for as little as $50. Every client with an FXCM Standard Account is automatically registered at the beginning of the month. It's that simple.
Ready to join the contest? Open Account
- $10,000 prize pool
- Contest restarts each month
- Simple rules: best percentage return wins
- Trade forex, indices and commodities
When does the contest start?
The contest officially begins January 1, 2016, and restarts each month. The monthly start and stop time is 21:00 GMT on the last trading day of each month. New Standard account holders are automatically registered into the contest on the first of the following month.
How do I win?
The FXCM Standard Account Challenge is based on your monthly total return (percentage gain), calculated using this formula:
The account with the highest monthly return each month shall win the contest. This means that whether you have $50 or thousands in your Standard Account, you still have a chance to compete and win.
How can I track my performance?
A great way to track performance is through FXCM's Trading Analytics. Our new online Trading Analytics software analyzes your trades so you can easily see where your trading needs improvement. Log in to Trading Analytics with your FXCM username.
I have an FXCM Premium account, but not a Standard account. How can I enter the contest?
You can always transfer to a Standard Account by completing the transfer form if your account meets the balance requirements (between $50 and $20,000). At the start of the next contest cycle, you'll be entered automatically.
Am I restricted on trading styles, currency pairs OR CFDs during the contest?
If you can do it with a Standard Account, you can do it in the contest. Read more about Standard Accounts.
ENTRY AND CONTEST ELIGIBILITY:
In order to be eligible for the FXCM Cup Monthly Trading Contest (the "Contest"), a contestant must (i) be a new or existing retail client of FXCM Markets Limited ("FXCM") for the entirety of the Month (as defined below), (ii) be utilizing FXCM's dealing desk execution model at the beginning of the Month, (iii) be utilizing either of FXCM's Trading Station or MT4 platforms, and (iv) have an account balance at the beginning of each Month of greater than $0 and less than 20,000 USD. Only one prize per Month is allowed per account holder or trader. There is no registration form or entry fee required. All live and eligible FXCM Standard Accounts (the "Eligible Traders") at the beginning of the Month will be automatically entered into the contest. In order to receive a prize for any given Month an Eligible Trader must complete a minimum of ten (10) trades during such Month.
Withdrawing funds from your account or receiving a "margin call" will disqualify an otherwise Eligible Trader from the Contest for that Month. FXCM shall have sole discretion to disqualify any otherwise Eligible Trader found in violation of these Terms & Conditions (the "Contest rules"). FXCM, in its sole discretion, may disqualify any Eligible Trader for any reason.
CONTEST TRADING PERIOD:
For the purposes of the Contest, the trading month (the "Month") officially begins at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on the last day of the previous calendar month and ends at 5:00 Eastern Standard Time on the last day of each calendar month.
Eligible Traders are not required to participate in the Contest. Eligible Traders can choose to opt-out of the Contest at any time before, during, or after the Contest. Prior to opting-out, all Eligible Traders are subject to the Contest Rules. To opt-out, please contact us via e-mail at: email@example.com. Once an Eligible Trader opts out via the process set forth in this Section 4, such contestant will be disqualified from the Contest (not just for the Month in which such opt out is received) until FXCM receives notice otherwise.
DETERMINATION OF WINNERS AND DAILY PERCENTAGE GAIN
For the purposes of the Contest, the monthly percentage gain will be calculated utilizing the following formula:
The prize winners will be the five Eligible Traders, who have neither opted out nor been disqualified, with the highest percentage gain over the course of the Month (the "Monthly Winners").
Monthly percentage gain is derived solely from trading activity. The 5% interest earned on certain non-invested funds with FXCM Markets, for example, is excluded
Prizes will be awarded in currency denomination of your existing account. 10,000 in total prizes awarded.
- 1st Place Monthly Winner: 5,000
- 2nd Place Monthly Winner: 2,500
- 3rd Place Monthly Winner: 1,500
- 4th Place Monthly Winner: 750
- 5th Place Monthly Winner: 250
First and second place winners' prizes will be credited into a new standard FXCM account.
FXCM shall not be made liable in the acceptance or transmission of orders due to a breakdown or failure of transmission or communication facilities, or for any other cause beyond FXCM's reasonable control and/or anticipation.
CONTEST TRADING REGULATIONS:
The purpose of the Contest Rules is to ensure that every Eligible Traders has the same opportunity for success in the Contest as other Eligible Traders. FXCM reserves the right to amend, waive, or interpret any portion of the Contest Rules in its sole discretion.
USE OF CONTEST FOR PROMOTIONAL PURPOSES:
To be eligible to receive a prize pursuant to the Contest, a Monthly Winner must be willing to permit their name, winner's survey, and trading record ("Trader Information") for the Month to be published and/or distributed by FXCM, its agent and successors during and after the life of the Contest. Personal information such as, but not limited to, your address and account number(s) will not be published. If a Monthly Winner chooses not to permit publication of his or her Trader Information such Monthly must opt-out pursuant upon being contacted by FXCM or FXCM's agents or representatives. Upon opting-out, such Monthly Winner shall forfeit any prize money due to them pursuant to the Contest for the Month in which such prize money is due.
POSTPONEMENT OR CANCELLATION:
FXCM reserves the right to extend the trading period of each Month, to postpone the starting date of each Month, or to cancel the Contest if, in FXCM's sole discretion, it determines that such action is reasonable or necessary.
If required by law, FXCM will furnish an IRS 1099 Form to the Monthly Winners for the cash value of the prizes received by such Monthly Winner for the tax year in which such prizes are won. Monthly Winners are solely responsible for all federal, state, and local taxes due because of any prizes received, and FXCM shall have the right, but not the obligation, to make any deductions and withholdings FXCM deems necessary or desirable pursuant to applicable federal, state, and local tax laws, rules, regulations, codes, or ordinances.