FXCM is one of the industry's leading brokerage services offering extensive options for the trade of CFDs and forex products. Markets for instruments facing underlying asset classes of equities, commodities and currencies are made available for trade via FXCM's technological infrastructure.
FXCM offers several distinct software trading platforms to clients, each with robust functionality pertaining to market analysis, order entry and trade execution. Currently, three software trading platforms are available:
- Trading Station: FXCM's flagship platform, Trading Station is designed to be a viable option for new and veteran traders alike. Some of the built-in capabilities include dozens of preloaded indicators, charting applications, trade automation and mobile accessibility.
- MetaTrader 4 (MT4): Considered by some to be the industry standard, MT4 is an extremely popular choice among active traders. Free Expert Advisors (EA) and Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting are unique features of MT4 extended by FXCM.
- NinjaTrader: NinjaTrader is a software suite aiding in the trade of futures and forex products. It gives traders the ability to build and test new ideas using the proprietary Strategy Builder, Market Analyser and Market Replay functions.
In addition to the platforms, an abundance of custom trading applications are available for purchase through FXCM Apps. For traders looking to integrate proprietary strategies and indicators into a preferred platform, FXCM supports custom coding and programming services.
Market Analysis And Trade Execution
The trading platform is a portal to the market, supplying traders and investors a means of directly observing and engaging price action. Price action is the movement of a security's price determined by market participants. As buyers and sellers are matched to one another at an exchange or marketplace, price fluctuates according to current supply and demand forces.
FXCM's software infrastructure employs leading-edge technology aiming to aid market participants in both the analysis of price action and trade execution within the marketplace. The technology is on display during the following progression of price discovery:
- Transactions At Market: As bids and asks are submitted remotely by traders, a market for a specific security is being made. Buyers and sellers are matched using servers located at the exchange or marketplace, creating price action.
- Real-Time Streaming Data: The price action created at the exchange is collected, checked for inconsistencies, packaged and distributed to market participants around the globe in real-time. The accuracy and timeliness of a live data feed is crucial to entering and exiting the market efficiently. Through a vast network of liquidity providers, FXCM facilitates the delivery of world-class CFD and forex data.
- Trading Platform: Lastly, the client's trading software receives and deciphers the data feed according to pre-programmed parameters inputted by the trader. The raw data is scrutinised by indicators and custom built strategies, as well as being presented visually in pricing chart format. Price action is analysed, and upon identifying an opportunity, orders are submitted to market for execution.
The amount of time that elapses between price action being determined at market and the data being made available to the trader often varies. As a general rule, faster is always better. FXCM provides several software-based options aimed to decrease trade-related latencies:
- API Trading: An application programming interface (API) is the actual protocol for software function. API Trading offers clients the ability to connect directly to FXCM's price servers, streamlining the integration of the trading platform with market data, thereby substantially reducing latencies.
- Virtual Private Server (VPS): FXCM offers a VPS Hosting Service, enabling clients to link their trading platforms to a dedicated, private server. VPS can be an asset in the implementation of automated trading strategies providing 24 hour market access.
For active traders and investors, analysing, interpreting and capitalising upon market behaviour is a major part of day-to-day operations. Being able to observe a specific market, identify an opportunity and act accordingly are key elements of conducting trade. In order to complete these tasks efficiently, access to a powerful software trading platform is a necessity.
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MT4 and NinjaTrader are not proprietary platforms and therefore developed by third parties.
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Senior Market Specialist
Russell Shor (MSTA, CFTe, MFTA) is a Senior Market Specialist at FXCM. He joined the firm in October 2017 and has an Honours Degree in Economics from the University of South Africa and holds the coveted Certified Financial Technician and Master of Financial Technical Analysis qualifications from the International Federation…