Average Spreads: Time-weighted average spreads are derived from tradable prices at FXCM from October 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. The spread figures are for informational purposes only. FXCM is not liable for errors, omissions or delays or for actions relying on this information.
Compensation: When executing customers' trades, FXCM can be compensated in several ways, which include, but are not limited to: charging fixed lot-based commissions at the open and close of a trade, adding a markup to the spreads it receives from its liquidity providers for certain account types, and adding a markup to rollover. Under the Dealing Desk execution model, FXCM may act as a dealer and may receive additional compensation from trading.
Spread Betting: FXCM UK offers tax exempt spread betting accounts exclusively to UK and Ireland residents. Residents of other countries are NOT eligible. Spread betting is not intended for distribution to, or use by any person in any country and jurisdiction where such distribution or use would be contrary to local law or regulation.
Spread Betting is an option on both Mini and Standard account types. Spread Betting accounts offer spread plus mark-up pricing only, regardless of account type. Spreads are variable and are subject to delay.
Mini Accounts: Mini accounts offer 18 CFD instruments and up to 21 currency pairs. Mini accounts default to Dealing Desk execution where price arbitrage strategies are prohibited. FXCM determines, at its sole discretion, what encompasses a price arbitrage strategy. Mini accounts offer spreads plus mark-up pricing. Spreads are variable and are subject to delay. Mini accounts utilising prohibited strategies may be switched to No Dealing Desk execution. Experienced traders can trade Mini Accounts with up to 200:1 leverage. Traders that are new to FX and CFD trading will be defaulted to 50:1 leverage. Mini accounts with equity greater than 20,000 CCY will be switched to a Standard account with 100:1 leverage, No Dealing Desk execution, and commission based pricing. See Execution Risks.
Execution Disclaimer: FXCM aggregates bid and ask prices from a pool of liquidity providers and is the final counterparty when trading forex on FXCM's dealing desk and No Dealing Desk (NDD) execution models. With NDD, FXCM's platforms display the best-available direct bid and ask prices from the liquidity providers. In addition to the spread, the trading cost with NDD is a fixed lot-based commission at the open and close of the trade. While generally NDD accounts offer spreads with no markups, in some circumstances, FXCM may add a markup to NDD spreads. This may occur due to, but not limited to, account type, such as accounts opened through a referring agent. With dealing desk execution, FXCM can act as the dealer on any or all currency pairs. Backup liquidity providers fill in when FXCM does not act as the dealer. FXCM’s dealing desk has fewer liquidity providers than NDD. There are many other factors to consider when choosing an execution model (such as conflict of interest, trading style or strategy). See Execution Risks. Note: Contractual relationships with liquidity providers are consolidated through the FXCM Group, which, in turn, provides technology and pricing to the group affiliate entities.
* Spreads in UK100, GER30, FRA40 and AUS200 may widen from 1 to 2 pips when the respective cash index exchange is closed for the day.