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Execution Risks

No Dealing Desk and Dealing Desk

In the interest of providing our clients with the best possible trading experience, we feel it is imperative for all traders, regardless of their previous experience, to be as well informed about the execution risks involved with trading at FXCM.

Here you will find information detailing the execution risks associated with FXCM's forex and CFD execution types. Select a product/execution type to get started:

Dealing Desk Forex Execution Trading Risks

HIGH RISK INVESTMENT

Trading foreign exchange on margin carries a high level of risk and may not be suitable for all investors. Before deciding to trade these products offered by Forex Capital Markets, Limited ("FXCM") you should carefully consider your objectives, financial situation, needs and level of experience. The products are intended for retail and professional clients. Forex Capital Markets, Limited is authorised and regulated by the UK Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") [Registration No. 217689]. FXCM maintains its registered office at Northern and Shell Building, 10 Lower Thames Street, 8th Floor, London EC3R 6AD. FXCM may provide general commentary without regard to your objectives, financial situation or needs. General advice given, or the content of this website are not intended to be personal advice and should not be construed as such. The possibility exists that you could sustain a loss in excess of your deposited funds. You should be aware of all the risks associated with trading on margin. FXCM recommends you seek advice from an independent financial advisor.

FXCM MARKET OPINIONS

Any opinions, news, research, analyses, prices, or other information contained on this website is provided as general market commentary and does not constitute investment advice. FXCM will not accept liability for any loss or damage, including without limitation to, any loss of profit, which may arise directly or indirectly from use of or reliance on such information.

INTERNET TRADING RISKS

There are risks associated with utilising an internet-based deal-execution trading system including, but not limited to, the failure of hardware, software, and internet connection. Since FXCM does not control signal power, its reception or routing via the internet, configuration of your equipment or reliability of its connection, we cannot be responsible for communication failures, distortions or delays when trading via the internet. FXCM employs backup systems and contingency plans to minimise the possibility of system failure, which includes allowing clients to trade via telephone.

DEALING DESK FOREX EXECUTION MODEL

FXCM offers forex execution via a Dealing Desk execution model. In this model, FXCM's compensation may not be limited to our standard markup, and our interests may be in direct conflict with yours. FXCM faces market risk as a result of entering into trades with you. FXCM may take steps to mitigate its risk arising from market making more effectively by, at our sole discretion and at any time and without previous consent, transferring your underlying account to our NDD execution offering. FXCM may also choose to transfer your account to our No Dealing Desk (NDD) offering should the equity balance in your account exceed the maximum 20,000 currency units in which the account is denominated. Account equity is defined as the balance of your account plus the floating P/L of your open positions.

Dealing Desk execution and trading is not conducted on an exchange. FXCM acts as a counterparty in these transactions and, meaning FXCM acts as the buyer when you sell and the seller when you buy. As a result, FXCM’s interests may be in conflict with yours. Unless otherwise specified in your written agreement or other written documents FXCM establishes the prices at which it offers to trade with you. The prices FXCM offers might not be the best prices available and FXCM may offer different prices to different clients. If FXCM elects not to cover its own trading exposure, then you should be aware that FXCM may make more money if the market goes against you.

The currency pairs listed below are available on the Dealing Desk execution offering. 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.).

AUD/JPY EUR/AUD EUR/JPY GBP/CHF NZD/JPY USD/JPY
AUD/NZD EUR/CAD EUR/NZD GBP/JPY NZD/USD
AUD/USD EUR/CHF EUR/USD GBP/NZD USD/CAD
CAD/JPY EUR/GBP GBP/AUD GBP/USD USD/CHF

SLIPPAGE

FXCM aims to provide clients with the best execution available and to get all orders filled at the requested rate. However, there are times when, due to an increase in volatility, orders may be subject to slippage. Slippage most commonly occurs during fundamental news events or periods of high volatility. Instances such as trade rollover (5pm ET) is a known period in which the amount of liquidity tends to be limited as many liquidity providers settle transactions for that day. For more information on why rollover occurs, see the section on ‘Rollover Costs’. During periods such as these, your order type, quantity demanded, and specific order instructions can have an impact on the overall execution you receive.

The volatility in the market may create conditions where orders are difficult to execute. For instance, the price you receive in the execution of your order might be many pips away from the selected or quoted price due to market movement. In this scenario, the trader is looking to execute at a certain price but in a split second, for example, the market may have moved significantly away from that price. The trader's order would then be filled at the next available price for that specific order. FXCM provides a number of basic and advanced order types to help clients mitigate execution risk. One way to mitigate the risk associated with slippage is to utilize the Market Range (Max Deviation for MT4 users) feature on FXCM's platforms. The Market Range feature allows traders to specify the amount of potential slippage they are willing to accept on a market order by defining a range. Zero indicates that no slippage is permitted. By selecting zero on the Market Range, the trader is requesting his order to be executed only at the selected or quoted price, not any other price. Traders may elect to accept a wider range of permissible slippage to raise the probability of having their order(s) executed. In this scenario the order will be filled at the best price available within the specified range. For instance, a client may indicate that he is willing to be filled within 2 pips of his requested order price. The system would then fill the client within the acceptable range (in this instance, 2 pips) if sufficient liquidity exists. If the order cannot be filled within the specified range, the order will not be filled. Please note, Market Range orders specify a negative range only. If a more preferential rate is available at the time of execution traders are not limited by the specified range for the amount of positive price improvement they can receive.

Additionally, when triggered, stop orders become a market order available for execution at the next available market price. Stop orders guarantee execution but do not guarantee a particular price.

To view more information regarding order types at FXCM, please visit: https://www.fxcm.com/uk/why-fxcm/execution/how-orders-execute

LIQUIDITY

When trading forex via FXCM's Dealing Desk execution model, FXCM is the final counterparty to these transactions. Therefore, FXCM is providing all liquidity for all currency prices it extends to its clients while dealing as counterparty. FXCM is able to make auto execution available by limiting the max trade size of all orders to 2 million per trade.

DELAYS IN EXECUTION

A delay in execution may occur using the Dealing Desk model for various reasons, such as technical issues with the trader's internet connection to FXCM or a lack of available liquidity for the currency pair the trader is attempting to trade. Due to inherent volatility in the markets, it is imperative that traders have a working and reliable internet connection. There are circumstances when the trader's personal internet connection may not be maintaining a constant connection with the FXCM servers due to a lack of signal strength from a wireless or dialup connection. A disturbance in the connection path can sometimes interrupt the signal and disable the FXCM Trading Station, causing delays in the transmission of data between the trading station and the FXCM server. One way to check your internet connection with FXCMs server is to ping the server from your computer.

TIMEFRAME: COMPLETION OF TRANSACTION

FXCM endeavours to process orders within milliseconds; however, there is no exact time frame for order processing.

STAGES: COMPLETION OF TRANSACTION

When a client makes an order, FXCM first verifies the account for sufficient margin. The order is then matched against quotes from liquidity providers. A hedge order is then sent to the liquidity provider for execution. Finally, the client’s order is filled and open/closed positions are updated.

EXCEPTIONS: COMPLETION OF TRANSACTION

There may be exceptions to the typical transaction, such as delays due to abnormal order processing or malfunctions with internal or external processes. In such cases, FXCM notifies clients as quickly as possible, depending on the complexity of the issue.

FXCM’s objective is to notify customers about these types of exceptions as quickly as possible, but the time for notification sometimes depends on the complexity of the issue under review.

  • Trading station: If abnormal market order processing occurs, the order will be highlighted in red, and the "status" column will indicate "executed" or "processing," in the "orders" window. In these instances, the order is in the process of being executed, but is pending until FXCM receives confirmation from the liquidity provider that the quoted prices are still available. During periods of heavy trading volume, it is possible that a queue of orders will form. That increase in incoming orders may sometimes create conditions where there is a delay from the liquidity providers in confirming certain orders.
  • Metatrader 4 ("mt4"): If abnormal market order processing occurs, the order window will remain open on the trading platform and reflect a processing error. In these instances, the order is in the process of being executed but is pending until FXCM receives confirmation from the liquidity provider that the quoted prices are still available. During periods of heavy trading volume, it is possible that a queue of orders will form. That increase in incoming orders may sometimes create conditions where there is a delay from the liquidity providers in confirming certain orders.

RESET ORDERS

Market volatility creates conditions that make it difficult to execute orders at the given price due to an extremely high volume of orders. By the time orders are able to be executed, the bid/ask price at which FXCM's Trading Desk is willing to take a position may be several pips away.

In cases where the liquidity pool is not large enough to fill a Market Range order, the order will not be executed. For Limit Entry or Limit orders, the order would not be executed but instead reset until the order can be filled. Remember, both Limit Entry and Limit orders guarantee price but do not guarantee execution. Depending on the underlying trading strategy and the underlying market conditions traders may be more concerned with execution versus the price received.

WIDENED SPREADS

There may be instances when spreads widen beyond the typical spread. Spreads are a function of market liquidity and in periods of limited liquidity, at market open, or during rollover at 5:00 PM ET, spreads may widen in response to uncertainty in the direction of prices or to an uptick in market volatility, or lack of market liquidity. It is not uncommon to see spreads widen particularly around rollover. Trade rollover is typically a very quiet period in the market, since the business day in New York has just ended, and there are still a few hours before the new business day begins in Tokyo. Being cognizant of these patterns and taking them into consideration while trading with open orders or placing new trades around these times can improve your trading experience. This may occur during news events and spreads may widen substantially in order to compensate for the tremendous amount of volatility in the market. The widened spreads may only last a few seconds or as long as a few minutes. FXCM strongly encourages traders to utilize caution when trading around news events and always be aware of their account equity, usable margin and market exposure. Widened spreads can adversely affect all positions in an account including hedged positions (discussed below).

HANGING ORDERS

During periods of high volume, hanging orders may occur. This is a condition where an order is in the process of executing but execution has not yet been confirmed. The order will be highlighted in red, and the "status" column will indicate "executed" or "processing," in the "orders" window. In these instances, the order is in the process of being executed, but is pending. During periods of heavy trading volume, it is possible that a queue of orders will form. That increase in incoming orders may sometimes create conditions where there is a delay in confirming certain orders.

Depending on the type of order placed, outcomes may vary. In the case of a Market Range order that cannot be filled within the specified range, or if the delay has passed, the order will not be executed. In the case of an At Market order, every attempt will be made to fill the order at the next available price in the market. In both situations, the "status" column in the "orders" window will typically indicate "executed" or "processing." The trade will simply take a few moments to move to the "open positions" window. Depending upon the order type, the position may, in fact, have been executed, and the delay is simply due to heavy internet traffic.

Keep in mind that it is only necessary to enter any order once. Multiple entries for the same order may slow or lock your computer or inadvertently open unwanted positions. If at any time you are unable to access the FXCM Trading Station to manage your account, you may call the Trading Desk directly at +1 212-201-7300. View a full list of international contact numbers.

If at any time you are unable to access the FXCM Trading Station to manage your account, you may call the Trading Desk directly at +1 212-201-7300. View a full list of international contact numbers.

GREYED OUT PRICING

Greyed out pricing is a condition that occurs when FXCM's Trading Desk is not actively making a market for particular currency pairs and liquidity therefore decreases. FXCM does not intentionally "grey out" prices; however, at times, a severe increase in the difference of the spread may occur due to an announcement that has a dramatic effect on the market that limits liquidity. Such greying out of prices or increased spreads may result in margin calls on a trader’s account. When an order is placed on a currency pair affected by greyed out prices, the P/L will temporarily flash to zero until the pair has a tradable price and the system can calculate the P/L balance.

HEDGING

The ability to hedge allows a trader to hold both buy and sell positions in the same currency pair simultaneously. Traders have the ability to enter the market without choosing a particular direction for a currency pair. Although hedging may mitigate or limit future losses it does not prevent the account from being subjected to further losses altogether. In the forex market a trader is able to fully hedge by quantity but not by price. This is because of the difference between the buy and sell prices, or the spread. Effective, 02 December 2012, FXCM traders will be required to put up margin for one side (the larger side) of a hedged position. Margin requirements can be monitored at all times in the simple dealing rates window. While the ability to hedge is an appealing feature, traders should be aware of the following factors that may affect hedged positions.

DIMINISHING MARGIN

A margin call may occur even when an account is fully hedged, since spreads may widen, causing the remaining margin in the account to diminish. Should the remaining margin be insufficient to maintain any open positions, the account may sustain a margin call, closing out any open positions in the account. Although maintaining a long and short position may give the trader the impression that his exposure to the market's movement is limited, if insufficient available margin exists and spreads widen for any period of time, it may result in a margin call on all positions.

ROLLOVER COSTS

Rollover is the simultaneous closing and opening of a position at a particular point during the day in order to avoid the settlement and delivery of the purchased currency. This term also refers to the interest either charged or applied to a trader's account for positions held "overnight," meaning after 5 p.m. ET on FXCM's platforms. The time at which positions are closed and reopened and the rollover fee is debited or credited is commonly referred to as Trade Rollover (TRO). It is important to note that rollover charges will be higher than rollover accruals. When all positions are hedged in an account, although the overall net position may be flat, the account can still sustain losses due to the spread at the time rollover occurs. Spreads during rollover may be wider when compared to other time periods because of FXCM's Trading Desk momentarily coming offline to settle the day's transactions.

EXCHANGE RATE FLUCTUATIONS (PIP COSTS)

Exchange rate fluctuations, or pip costs, are defined as the value given to a pip movement for a particular currency pair. This cost is the currency amount that will be gained or lost with each pip movement of the currency pair's rate and is denominated in the same currency as the account in which the pair is being traded. On the FXCM platforms, the pip cost for all currency pairs can be found by selecting "View," followed by "Dealing Views," and then by clicking "Simple Rates" to apply the checkmark next to it. If "Simple Rates" already has a checkmark next to it, viewing the dealing rates in the simple view is as easy as clicking the "Simple Dealing Rates" tab in the dealing rates window. Once visible, the simple rates view will display the pip cost on the right-hand side of the window.

INVERTED SPREADS

When trading forex with FXCM's Dealing Desk execution model, all quotable prices are provided by our Trading Desk. FXCM's Trading Desk may rely on various third party sources for the prices that it makes available to clients. In the event that a manifest (misquoted) price is provided to us from a source that we generally rely on, all trades executed on that manifest (misquoted) price may be revoked, as the manifest (misquoted) price is not representative of genuine market activity. These manifest (misquoted) prices can lead to an inversion in the spread.

HOLIDAY/WEEKEND EXECUTION

TRADING DESK HOURS

The Trading Desk opens on Sundays between 5:00 PM ET and 5:15 PM ET and closes on Fridays at 4:55 PM ET. Please note that orders placed prior may be filled until 5:00 p.m. ET and that traders placing trades between 4:55 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET may be unable to cancel orders pending execution. In the event that a Market GTC Order is submitted right at market close, the possibility exists that it may not be executed until Sunday market open. Please use caution when trading around Friday's market close and factor all the information described above into any trading decision.

The open or close times may be altered by the Trading Desk because it relies on prices being offered by third party sources. Outside of these hours, most of the major world banks and financial centres are closed. The lack of liquidity and volume during the weekend impedes execution and price delivery.

PRICES UPDATING BEFORE THE OPEN

Shortly prior to the open, the Trading Desk refreshes rates to reflect current market pricing in preparation for the open. At this time, trades and orders held over the weekend are subject to execution. Quotes during this time are not executable for new market orders. After the open, traders may place new trades and cancel or modify existing orders.

GAPPING

Sunday's opening prices may or may not be the same as Friday's closing prices. At times, the prices on the Sunday open are near where the prices were on the Friday close. At other times, there may be a significant difference between Friday's close and Sunday's open. The market may gap if there is a significant news announcement or an economic event changing how the market views the value of a currency. Traders holding positions or orders over the weekend should be fully comfortable with the potential of the market to gap.

ORDER EXECUTION

Limit orders are often filled at the requested price or better. If the price requested (or a better price) is not available in the market, the order will not be filled. If the requested price of a Stop order is reached at the open of the market on Sunday, the order will become a Market order. Limit Entry orders are filled the same way as Limit orders. Stop Entry orders are filled the same way as Stops.

WEEKEND RISK

Traders who fear that the markets may be extremely volatile over the weekend, that gapping may occur, or that the potential for weekend risk is not appropriate for their trading style may simply close out orders and positions ahead of the weekend. It is imperative that traders who hold open positions over the weekend understand that the potential exists for major economic events and news announcements to affect the value of the underlying positions. Given the volatility expressed in the markets it is not uncommon for prices to be a number of pips away on market open from market close. We encourage all traders to take this into consideration before making a trading decision.

MARGIN CALLS AND CLOSE OUTS

Margin calls are triggered when your usable margin falls below zero. This occurs when your floating losses reduce your account equity to a level that is less than your margin requirement. Therefore, the result of any margin call is subsequent liquidation unless otherwise specified.

The idea of margin trading is that your margin acts as a good faith deposit to secure the larger notional value of your position. Margin trading allows traders to hold a position much larger than the actual account value. FXCM's Trading Station has margin management capabilities, which allow for the use of leverage. Of course, trading on margin comes with risk as leverage may work against you as much as it works for you. If account equity falls below margin requirements, the FXCM Trading Station will trigger an order to close all open positions*. When positions have been over-leveraged or trading losses are incurred to the point that insufficient equity exists to maintain current open positions and the account's usable margin falls below zero, a margin call will result and all open positions will be closed out (liquidated).

* Please note that MT4 users are subject to different margin call procedures. When a margin call is triggered on the account individual positions will be liquidated until the remaining equity is sufficient to support existing position(s). In deciding what positions will be individually liquidated the largest losing position will be closed first during liquidation.

Please keep in mind that when the account's usable margin falls below zero, all open positions are triggered to close. The liquidation process is designed to be entirely electronic.

Although the margin call feature is designed to close positions when account equity falls below the margin requirements, there may be instances when liquidity does not exist at the exact margin call rate. As a result, account equity can fall below margin requirements at the time orders are filled, even to the point where account equity becomes negative. FXCM recommends that traders use Stop orders to limit downside risk in lieu of using a margin call as a final stop.

It is strongly advised that clients maintain the appropriate amount of margin in their accounts at all times. Margin requirements may be changed based on account size, simultaneous open positions, trading style, market conditions, and at the discretion of FXCM.

TRADING STATION TIERED MARGIN (AKA SMART MARGIN)

Certain FXCM LTD Trading Station accounts may be defaulted to the Trading Station’s tiered margin system, known as Smart Margin. This system is designed to allow clients more time in which to manage their positions before the automatic liquidation of those positions occurs. Clients are able to see real-time updates of their margin status on the Trading Station platform and can be alerted by FXCM’s Smart Margin Watcher feature.

The Trading Station tiered margin system consists of three components:

  1. Initial Entry Margin – The initial good faith deposit or collateral set aside to open a position. The exact amount of margin required to open a position can be viewed in the "MMR" column under the "Simple Dealing Rates" tab on the Trading Station platform.
  2. Maintenance Margin – The minimum amount of equity that must be in the account in order to open new positions and maintain the current open positions. This is typically identical to the Initial Entry Margin amount. The exact amount of margin required to maintain open positions can be found in the "Used Maint Mr" column under the "Accounts" tab on the Trading Station platform.
  3. Liquidation Margin – The minimum amount of equity that must be in the account in order to continue holding the current open positions on the account. This is typically set at half of the value of the maintenance margin. If the account equity falls below this level, all positions will be automatically closed. The exact amount of margin required before automatic liquidation will occur can be found in the "Used Mr" column under the "Accounts" tab on the Trading Station platform.

How It Works

When clients initiate a new position on the account the amount of equity in the account must exceed the Initial Entry Margin amount, otherwise the trade will automatically be deleted due to insufficient funds. Once a trade has been initiated, the equity in the account must exceed the Maintenance Margin. Should the equity in the account fall below the Maintenance Margin at any time, the account enters Margin Warning Status.

When this occurs, the Smart Margin Watcher feature is designed to alert clients that their account equity has fallen below the Maintenance Margin requirements by the presence of a warning ("W") in the Margin Call ("MC") column under the "Accounts" tab on Trading Station. This system is also designed to notify clients of a margin warning via email. However, clients should not rely on receiving these alerts and should monitor their account at all times.

After a warning is initiated, the account will be unable to open any new positions, and clients will have approximately three (3) calendar days from 5:00 pm ET on the day that the margin warning is initiated to bring account equity back above the Maintenance Margin requirement level. There are a few ways to accomplish this: 1) Deposit more funds; 2) Close out existing positions; or 3) Experience beneficial market movements.

The "MC" column on Trading Station will be automatically reset to "N" (meaning that the account is no longer in margin warning status) if the client chooses to either deposit funds or close out existing positions to bring the account equity above the Maintenance Margin requirement level. It is important to note that deposited funds may not be instantaneously available in the account. Please click here for more information regarding when deposited funds may become available.

Should the market move in the client’s favor and bring the account equity above the Maintenance Margin requirement level at the time of FXCM’s daily Maintenance Margin check at 5:00 pm ET, the account status will be reset to reflect that it is no longer in margin warning. In the event the account equity meets the Maintenance Margin requirement prior to the daily maintenance margin check, clients may contact FXCM to have their margin warning status removed manually.

Accounts that have received a margin warning notice will be triggered to automatically liquidate at approximately 6:00 pm ET at the end of the third day the account equity remains below the Maintenance Margin requirement level. Please note that weekends and bank holidays will count against the three (3) days clients are given to bring the account equity above the Maintenance Margin requirement. Positions may only be liquidated when trading is open. If the third day falls on a day that trading is not open at 6:00 pm ET (such as Friday, Saturday or a trading holiday) positions will be liquidated at 6:00 pm ET of the next open trading day.

TIME OF MARGIN WARNING (ET)

TRIGGERED TO LIQUIDATE (ET)

Sunday 5:00 pm - Monday 4:59 pm Thursday 6:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - Tuesday 4:59 pm Sunday 6:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - Wednesday 4:59 pm Sunday 6:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - Thursday 4:59 pm Sunday 6:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - Friday 4:59 pm Monday 6:00 pm

If at any time the account equity reaches or falls below the Liquidation Margin Level (typically 1% for major currency pairs and 2.5% for exotic pairs), the Smart Margin feature will automatically trigger the liquidation of all open positions. The liquidation process is entirely electronic, and there is no discretion on FXCM's part as to the order in which trades are closed.

Pending Entry orders that trigger while the account is in Margin Warning will not execute and will be deleted. If the account is set to non-hedging, it is possible for a Pending Entry order to act as a Stop or Limit when the order is intended to close out any open positions. When the order’s trade size is equal to, or less than, the open position’s trade size, it will close the relevant positions, again only when the account is set to non-hedging. If the order to close is larger than the open position, the entire entry order will be deleted.

METATRADER 4 (MT4) TIERED MARGIN

Similar to Trading Station II accounts, certain MetaTrader 4 (MT4) accounts may be defaulted to a tiered margin system. MT4 accounts do not use the Smart Margin system, but use a different version of FXCM’s tiered margin and margin call procedures. The MT4 Tiered Margin system is designed to allow clients more time in which to manage their positions before the automatic liquidation of those positions occurs. Clients are able to see real-time updates of their margin status on the MT4 platform.

The MT4 platform does not allow FXCM to include commissions in pre-trade margin calculations on client's pending orders. This means that if you place a trade with a small amount of available usable margin under the MT4 account, there is a risk that the execution of the orders could trigger immediate margin call right after the execution as the commission charges can result in insufficient margin to maintain your open positions. You should therefore ensure that you have reserved sufficient buffer usable margin before opening new trades.

The MT4 Tiered Margin system consists of three components:

  1. Initial Entry Margin – The initial good faith deposit or collateral set aside to open a position. The exact amount of margin required to open a position can be viewed in the "MMR" column under the "Simple Dealing Rates" tab on the Trading Station platform prior to execution.
  2. Maintenance Margin – The minimum amount of equity that must be in the account in order to open new positions and maintain the current open positions. This is typically identical to the Initial Entry Margin amount. The exact amount of Maintenance Margin required can found by viewing the label "Margin" under the "Trade" tab in the MT4 platform.
  3. Liquidation Margin – The minimum amount of equity that must be in the account in order to continue holding the current open positions on the account. This is set at half of the value of the Maintenance Margin and automatic liquidation will trigger when the "Margin Level" label under the "Trade" tab in the MT4 platform reads "50%" or below.

How It Works

On the MT4 platform an account will enter margin warning when the "Margin Level" label under the "Trade" tab in the MT4 platform falls below 100%. When the account is in margin warning the "Trade" tab on the platform will turn red and no new positions may be opened until the "Margin Level" is over 100%. The margin warning period for an MT4 account is indefinite and the account will remain in margin warning as long as the margin level is above 50% and below 100%.

After a warning is initiated, the account will be unable to open any new positions until the Margin Level increases to a level above 100%. There are a few ways to accomplish this: 1) Deposit more funds; 2) Close out existing positions; or 3) Experience beneficial market movements. Note that beneficial market movements and/or deposits may not have immediate effect on the Margin Warning status.

When the Margin Level falls below 50% a margin call will automatically occur and the position floating the largest loss with an open underlying reference market will be liquidated. This process will be repeated until the Margin Level reaches 50% or above.

CHART PRICING VS. PRICES DISPLAYED ON THE PLATFORM

It is important to make a distinction between indicative prices (displayed on charts) and dealable prices (displayed on the platforms, such as Trading Station and MetaTrader 4). Indicative quotes are those that offer an indication of the prices in the market, and the rate at which they are changing. These prices are derived from a host of contributors such as banks and clearing firms, which may or may not reflect where FXCM's liquidity providers are making prices. Indicative prices are usually very close to dealing prices, but they only give an indication of where the market is. Executable quotes ensure finer execution and thus a reduced transaction cost. Because the spot forex market lacks a single central exchange where all transactions are conducted, each forex dealer may quote slightly different prices. Therefore, any prices displayed by a third party charting provider, which does not employ the market maker's price feed, will reflect "indicative" prices and not necessarily actual "dealing" prices where trades can be executed.

MOBILE TRADING PLATFORMS

There are a series of inherent risks with the use of the mobile trading technology such as the duplication of order instructions, latency in the prices provided, and other issues that are a result of mobile connectivity. Prices displayed on the mobile platform are solely an indication of the executable rates and may not reflect the actual executed price of the order.

Mobile TS II utilizes public communication network circuits for the transmission of messages. FXCM shall not be liable for any and all circumstances in which you experience a delay in price quotation or an inability to trade caused by network circuit transmission problems or any other problems outside the direct control of FXCM. Transmission problems include but are not limited to the strength of the mobile signal, cellular latency, or any other issues that may arise between you and any internet service provider, phone service provider, or any other service provider.

It is strongly recommended that clients familiarise themselves with the functionality of the FXCM Mobile Trading Station prior to managing a live account via portable device.

TS MOBILE TABLET APPLICATION

FXCM's Trading Station Web platform has been modified to run on mobile and tablet devices. The mobile platform for tablets is called Trading Station Mobile and has the same trading features as Trading Station Web. The same connectivity risks described above regarding our Mobile TS II apply to use with any application made available for tablet trading.

No Dealing Desk Forex Execution Trading Risks

HIGH RISK INVESTMENT

Trading foreign exchange on margin carries a high level of risk, and may not be suitable for all investors. Before deciding to trade these products offered by Forex Capital Markets, Limited ("FXCM") you should carefully consider your objectives, financial situation, needs and level of experience. The products are intended for retail and professional clients. Forex Capital Markets, Limited is authorised and regulated by the UK Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") [Registration No. 217689]. FXCM maintains its registered office at Northern and Shell Building, 10 Lower Thames Street, 8th Floor, London EC3R 6AD. FXCM may provide general commentary without regard to your objectives, financial situation or needs. General advice given, or the content of this website are not intended to be personal advice and should not be construed as such. The possibility exists that you could sustain a loss in excess of your deposited funds. You should be aware of all the risks associated with trading on margin. FXCM recommends you seek advice from an independent financial advisor.

FXCM MARKET OPINIONS

Any opinions, news, research, analyses, prices, or other information contained on this website is provided as general market commentary, and does not constitute investment advice. FXCM will not accept liability for any loss or damage, including without limitation to, any loss of profit, which may arise directly or indirectly from use of or reliance on such information.

INTERNET TRADING RISKS

There are risks associated with utilising an internet-based deal-execution trading system including, but not limited to, the failure of hardware, software, and internet connection. Since FXCM does not control signal power, its reception or routing via the internet, configuration of your equipment or reliability of its connection, we cannot be responsible for communication failures, distortions or delays when trading via the internet. FXCM employs backup systems and contingency plans to minimise the possibility of system failure, which includes allowing clients to trade via telephone.

NO DEALING DESK EXECUTION MODEL

FXCM also provides forex execution through a straight through processing, or No Dealing Desk (NDD) forex execution model. In this model FXCM platforms display the best-available direct bid and ask prices from the liquidity providers. While generally NDD accounts offer spreads with no markups, in some circumstances FXCM may add a markup to NDD spreads. In this model, FXCM does not act as a market marker in any currency pairs. As such, FXCM is reliant on these external providers for currency pricing. Although this model promotes efficiency and competition for market pricing, there are certain limitations to liquidity that can affect the final execution of your order.

SLIPPAGE

FXCM aims to provide clients with the best execution available and to get all orders filled at the requested rate. However, there are times when, due to an increase in volatility or volume, orders may be subject to slippage. Slippage most commonly occurs during fundamental news events or periods of limited liquidity. Instances such as trade rollover (5pm EST) is a known period in which the amount of liquidity tends to be limited as many liquidity providers settle transactions for that day. For more information on why rollover occurs, see the section on ‘Rollover Costs’. During periods such as these, your order type, quantity demanded, and specific order instructions can have an impact on the overall execution you receive.

Examples of specific order instructions include:

  • Good 'Til Cancelled ("GTC") Orders - Your entire order will be filled at the next available price(s) at the time it is received.
  • Immediate or Cancel ("IOC") Orders - All or part of your order will be filled at the next available price with the remaining amount cancelled should liquidity not exist to fill your order immediately.
  • Fill or Kill ("FOK") Orders - The order must be filled in its entirety or not at all.

The volatility in the market may create conditions where orders are difficult to execute. For instance, the price you receive in the execution of your order might be many pips away from the selected or quoted price due to market movement. In this scenario, the trader is looking to execute at a certain price but in a split second, for example, the market may have moved significantly away from that price. The trader's order would then be filled at the next available price for that specific order. Similarly, given FXCM's No Dealing Desk model for forex execution, sufficient liquidity must exist to execute all trades at any price.

FXCM provides a number of basic and advanced order types to help clients mitigate execution risk. One way to mitigate the risk associated with slippage is to utilize the Market Range (Max Deviation for MT4 users) feature on FXCM's platforms. The Market Range feature allows traders to specify the amount of potential slippage they are willing to accept on a market order by defining a range. Zero indicates that no slippage is permitted. By selecting zero on the Market Range, the trader is requesting his order to be executed only at the selected or quoted price, not any other price. Traders may elect to accept a wider range of permissible slippage to raise the probability of having their order(s) executed. In this scenario the order will be filled at the next price available within the specified range. For instance, a client may indicate that he is willing to be filled within 2 pips of his requested order price. The system would then fill the client within the acceptable range (in this instance, 2 pips) if sufficient liquidity exists. If the order cannot be filled within the specified range, the order will not be filled. Please note, Market Range orders specify a negative range only. If a more preferential rate is available at the time of execution traders are not limited by the specified range for the amount of positive price improvement they can receive.

Additionally, when triggered, stop orders become a market order available for execution at the next available market price. Stop orders guarantee execution but do not guarantee a particular price. Therefore, stop orders may incur slippage depending on market conditions.

To view more information regarding order types at FXCM, please visit: https://www.fxcm.com/uk/why-fxcm/execution/how-orders-execute

LIQUIDITY

When trading Forex via FXCM's Dealing Desk execution model, FXCM is the final counterparty to these transactions. Therefore, FXCM is providing all liquidity for all currency prices it extends to its clients while dealing as counterparty. FXCM is able to make auto execution available by limiting the max trade size of all orders to 2 million per trade.

View a historical list of spreads .

Exotic Currencies

At FXCM the following are considered examples of exotic currencies which may have limited liquidity:

EUR/TRY USD/TRY TRY/JPY
USD/ZAR USD/MXN ZAR/JPY

These pairs have a level of risk associated with them that may not be inherent. The market for these currencies is very illiquid, with liquidity being maintained and provided by one, or few external sources. These liquidity concerns include but are not limited to, the inability to exit positions based on lack of market activity, differences in the prices quoted and final execution received, or a delay in execution while a counterparty for your specific transaction is identified. With these considerations in mind it is imperative that any trader factor this into any trading decision. For this reason we strongly encourage all traders to utilize advanced order types to mitigate these risks.

DELAYS IN EXECUTION

Delays in execution may occur using FXCM's No Dealing Desk forex execution model for various reasons, such as technical issues with the trader's internet connection to FXCM; a delay in order confirmation from a liquidity provider; or by a lack of available liquidity for the currency pair that the trader is attempting to trade. Due to inherent volatility in the markets, it is imperative that traders have a working and reliable internet connection. There are circumstances when the trader's personal internet connection may not be maintaining a constant connection with the FXCM servers due to a lack of signal strength from a wireless or dialup connection. A disturbance in the connection path can sometimes interrupt the signal and disable the FXCM Trading Station, causing delays in the transmission of data between the trading station and the FXCM server. One way to check your internet connection with FXCMs server is to ping the server from your computer.

RESET ORDERS

Market volatility creates conditions that make it difficult to execute orders at the given price due to an extremely high volume of orders. By the time orders are able to be executed, the bid/ask price at which a liquidity provider is willing to take a position may be several pips away.

In cases where the liquidity pool is not large enough to fill a Market Range order, the order will not be executed. For Limit Entry or Limit orders, the order would not be executed but instead reset until the order can be filled. Remember, both Limit Entry and Limit orders guarantee price but do not guarantee execution. Depending on the underlying trading strategy and the underlying market conditions traders may be more concerned with execution versus the price received.

WIDENED SPREADS

There may be instances when spreads widen beyond the typical spread. Spreads are a function of market liquidity and in periods of limited liquidity, at market open, or during rollover at 5:00 PM ET, spreads may widen in response to uncertainty in the direction of prices ,an uptick in market volatility, or lack of market liquidity. It is not uncommon to see spreads widen particularly around rollover. Trade rollover is typically a very quiet period in the market, since the business day in New York has just ended, and there are still a few hours before the new business day begins in Tokyo. Being cognizant of these patterns and taking them into consideration while trading with open orders or placing new trades around these times can improve your trading experience. This may occur during news events and spreads may widen substantially in order to compensate for the tremendous amount of volatility in the market. The widened spreads may only last a few seconds or as long as a few minutes. FXCM strongly encourages traders to utilize caution when trading around news events and always be aware of their account equity, usable margin and market exposure. Widened spreads can adversely affect all positions in an account including hedged positions (discussed below).

HANGING ORDERS

During periods of high volume, hanging orders may occur. This is a condition where an order is in the process of executing but execution has not yet been confirmed. The order will be highlighted in red, and the "status" column will indicate "executed" or "processing," in the "orders" window. In these instances, the order is in the process of being executed, but is pending until FXCM receives confirmation from the liquidity provider that the quoted prices is still available. During periods of heavy trading volume, it is possible that a queue of orders will form. That increase in incoming orders may sometimes create conditions where there is a delay from the liquidity providers in confirming certain orders.

Depending on the type of order placed, outcomes may vary. In the case of a Market Range order that cannot be filled within the specified range, or if the delay has passed, the order will not be executed. In the case of an At Market order, every attempt will be made to fill the order at the next available price in the market. In both situations, the "status" column in the "orders" window will typically indicate "executed" or "processing." The trade will simply take a few moments to move to the "open positions" window. Depending upon the order type, the position may in fact have been executed, and the delay is simply due to heavy internet traffic.

Keep in mind that it is only necessary to enter any order once. Multiple entries for the same order may slow or lock your computer or inadvertently open unwanted positions.

If at any time you are unable to access the FXCM Trading Station to manage your account, you may call the Trading Desk directly at +1 212-201-7300. View a full list of international contact numbers.

GREYED OUT PRICING

Greyed out pricing is a condition that occurs when forex liquidity providers that supply pricing to FXCM are not actively making a market for particular currency pairs and liquidity therefore decreases. FXCM does not intentionally "grey out" prices; however, at times, a severe increase in the difference of the spread may occur due to a loss of connectivity with a provider or due to an announcement that has a dramatic effect on the market that limits liquidity. Such greying out of prices or increased spreads may result in margin calls on a traders account. When an order is placed on a currency pair affected by greyed out prices, the P/L will temporarily flash to zero until the pair has a tradable price and the system can calculate the P/L balance.

Hedging

The ability to hedge allows a trader to hold both buy and sell positions in the same currency pair simultaneously. Traders have the ability to enter the market without choosing a particular direction for a currency pair. Although hedging may mitigate or limit future losses it does not prevent the account from being subjected to further losses altogether. In the forex market a trader is able to fully hedge by quantity but not by price. This is because of the difference between the buy and sell prices, or the spread. Effective, 02 December 2012, FXCM traders will be required to put up margin for one side (the larger side) of a hedged position. Margin requirements can be monitored at all times in the simple dealing rates window.

Diminishing Margin

A margin call may occur even when an account is fully hedged, since spreads may widen, causing the remaining margin in the account to diminish. Should the remaining margin be insufficient to maintain any open positions, the account may sustain a margin call, closing out any open positions in the account. Although maintaining a long and short position may give the trader the impression that his exposure to the market's movement is limited, if insufficient available margin exists and spreads widen for any period of time, it may result in a margin call on all positions.

ROLLOVER COSTS

Rollover is the simultaneous closing and opening of a position at a particular point during the day in order to avoid the settlement and delivery of the purchased currency. This term also refers to the interest either charged or applied to a trader's account for positions held "overnight," meaning after 5 p.m. ET on FXCM's platforms. The time at which positions are closed and reopened, and the rollover fee is debited or credited, is commonly referred to as Trade Rollover (TRO). It is important to note that rollover charges will be higher than rollover accruals. When all positions are hedged in an account, although the overall net position may be flat, the account can still sustain losses due to the spread at the time rollover occurs. Spreads during rollover may be wider when compared to other time periods because of liquidity providers' momentarily coming offline to settle the day's transactions. Please manage positions accordingly around rollover and understand the implications of spreads widening in regard to execution with existing/open positions or new positions/orders.

EXCHANGE RATE FLUCTUATIONS (PIP COSTS)

Exchange rate fluctuations, or pip costs, are defined as the value given to a pip movement for a particular currency pair. This cost is the currency amount that will be gained or lost with each pip movement of the currency pair's rate and is denominated in the same currency as the account in which the pair is being traded. On the FXCM platforms, the pip cost for all currency pairs can be found by selecting "View," followed by "Dealing Views," and then by clicking "Simple Rates" to apply the checkmark next to it. If "Simple Rates" already has a checkmark next to it, viewing the dealing rates in the simple view is as easy as clicking the "Simple Dealing Rates" tab in the dealing rates window. Once visible, the simple rates view will display the pip cost on the right-hand side of the window.

INVERTED SPREADS

When you trade forex with FXCM using a No Dealing Desk execution model, you are trading on price feeds that are being provided by multiple liquidity providers. With No Dealing Desk, FXCM's platforms display the best-available direct bid and ask prices from the liquidity providers. While generally No Dealing Desk accounts offer spreads with no markups, in some circumstances, FXCM may add a markup to NDD spreads. In rare cases, the price feeds can be disrupted. This may only last for a moment, but when it does, spreads become inverted. During these rare occasions, FXCM advises that clients avoid placing At Market orders. While it may be tempting to place a "free trade," keep in mind that the prices are not real and your actual fill may be many pips away from the displayed price. In the event that trades are executed at rates not actually offered by FXCM's liquidity providers, FXCM reserves the right to reverse such trades, as they are not considered valid. By placing Market Range orders or not trading during these moments, you can avoid the risk associated with the above scenarios.

HOLIDAY/WEEKEND EXECUTION

TRADING DESK HOURS

The trading desk opens on Sundays between 5:00 PM ET and 5:15 PM ET and closes on Fridays at 4:55 PM ET. Please note that orders placed prior may be filled until 5:00 p.m. ET and that traders placing trades between 4:55 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET may be unable to cancel orders pending execution. In the event that a Market GTC Order is submitted right at market close, the possibility exists that it may not be executed until Sunday at market open. Please use caution when trading around Friday's market close and factor all the information described above into any trading decision.

The open or close times may be altered by the Trading Desk because it relies on prices being offered by liquidity providers to FXCM. Outside of these hours, most of the major world banks and financial centres are closed. The lack of liquidity and volume during the weekend impedes execution and price delivery.

PRICES UPDATING BEFORE THE OPEN

Shortly prior to the open, the Trading Desk refreshes rates to reflect current market pricing in preparation for the open. At this time, trades and orders held over the weekend are subject to execution. Quotes during this time are not executable for new market orders. After the open, traders may place new trades, and cancel or modify existing orders.

GAPPING

Sunday's opening prices may or may not be the same as Friday's closing prices. At times, the prices on the Sunday open are near where the prices were on the Friday close. At other times, there may be a significant difference between Friday's close and Sunday's open. The market may gap if there is a significant news announcement or an economic event changing how the market views the value of a currency. Traders holding positions or orders over the weekend should be fully comfortable with the potential of the market to gap.

ORDER EXECUTION

Limit orders are often filled at the requested price or better. If the price requested (or a better price) is not available in the market, the order will not be filled. If the requested price of a Stop order is reached at the open of the market on Sunday, the order will become a Market order. Limit Entry orders are filled the same way as Limit orders. Stop Entry orders are filled the same way as Stops.

WEEKEND RISK

Traders who fear that the markets may be extremely volatile over the weekend, that gapping may occur, or that the potential for weekend risk is not appropriate for their trading style may simply close out orders and positions ahead of the weekend. It is imperative that traders who hold open positions over the weekend understand that the potential exists for major economic events and news announcements to affect the value of the underlying positions. Given the volatility expressed in the markets it is not uncommon for prices to be a number of pips away on market open from market close. We encourage all traders to take this into consideration before making a trading decision.

MARGIN CALLS AND CLOSE OUTS

Margin calls are triggered when your usable margin falls below zero. This occurs when your floating losses reduce your account equity to a level that is less than your margin requirement. Therefore, the result of any margin call is subsequent liquidation unless otherwise specified.

The idea of margin trading is that your margin acts as a good faith deposit to secure the larger notional value of your position. Margin trading allows traders to hold a position much larger than the actual account value. FXCM's Trading Station has margin management capabilities, which allow for the use of leverage. Of course, trading on margin comes with risk as leverage may work against you as much as it works for you. If account equity falls below margin requirements, the FXCM Trading Station will trigger an order to close all open positions*. When positions have been over-leveraged or trading losses are incurred to the point that insufficient equity exists to maintain current open positions and the account's usable margin falls below zero, a margin call will result and all open positions will be closed out (liquidated).

* Please note that MT4 users are subject to different margin call procedures. When a margin call is triggered on the account individual positions will be liquidated until the remaining equity is sufficient to support existing position(s). In deciding what positions will be individually liquidated the largest losing position will be closed first during liquidation.

Please keep in mind that when the account's usable margin falls below zero, all open positions are triggered to close. The liquidation process is designed to be entirely electronic.

Although the margin call feature is designed to close positions when account equity falls below the margin requirements, there may be instances when liquidity does not exist at the exact margin call rate. As a result, account equity can fall below margin requirements at the time orders are filled, even to the point where account equity becomes negative. This is especially true during market gaps or volatile periods. FXCM recommends that traders use Stop orders to limit downside risk in lieu of using a margin call as a final stop.

It is strongly advised that clients maintain the appropriate amount of margin in their accounts at all times. Margin requirements may be changed based on account size, simultaneous open positions, trading style, market conditions, and at the discretion of FXCM.

TRADING STATION TIERED MARGIN (AKA SMART MARGIN)

Certain FXCM LTD Trading Station accounts may be defaulted to the Trading Station’s tiered margin system, known as Smart Margin. This system is designed to allow clients more time in which to manage their positions before the automatic liquidation of those positions occurs. Clients are able to see real-time updates of their margin status on the Trading Station platform and can be alerted by FXCM’s Smart Margin Watcher feature.

The Trading Station tiered margin system consists of three components:

  1. Initial Entry Margin – The initial good faith deposit or collateral set aside to open a position. The exact amount of margin required to open a position can be viewed in the "MMR" column under the "Simple Dealing Rates" tab on the Trading Station platform.
  2. Maintenance Margin – The minimum amount of equity that must be in the account in order to open new positions and maintain the current open positions. This is typically identical to the Initial Entry Margin amount. The exact amount of margin required to maintain open positions can be found in the "Used Maint Mr" column under the "Accounts" tab on the Trading Station platform.
  3. Liquidation Margin – The minimum amount of equity that must be in the account in order to continue holding the current open positions on the account. This is typically set at half of the value of the maintenance margin. If the account equity falls below this level, all positions will be automatically closed. The exact amount of margin required before automatic liquidation will occur can be found in the "Used Mr" column under the "Accounts" tab on the Trading Station platform.

How It Works

When clients initiate a new position on the account the amount of equity in the account must exceed the Initial Entry Margin amount, otherwise the trade will automatically be deleted due to insufficient funds. Once a trade has been initiated, the equity in the account must exceed the Maintenance Margin. Should the equity in the account fall below the Maintenance Margin at any time, the account enters Margin Warning Status.

When this occurs, the Smart Margin Watcher feature is designed to alert clients that their account equity has fallen below the Maintenance Margin requirements by the presence of a warning ("W") in the Margin Call ("MC") column under the "Accounts" tab on Trading Station. This system is also designed to notify clients of a margin warning via email. However, clients should not rely on receiving these alerts and should monitor their account at all times.

After a warning is initiated, the account will be unable to open any new positions, and clients will have approximately three (3) calendar days from 5:00 pm ET on the day that the margin warning is initiated to bring account equity back above the Maintenance Margin requirement level. There are a few ways to accomplish this: 1) Deposit more funds; 2) Close out existing positions; or 3) Experience beneficial market movements.

The "MC" column on Trading Station will be automatically reset to "N" (meaning that the account is no longer in margin warning status) if the client chooses to either deposit funds or close out existing positions to bring the account equity above the Maintenance Margin requirement level. It is important to note that deposited funds may not be instantaneously available in the account. Please click here for more information regarding when deposited funds may become available.

Should the market move in the client’s favor and bring the account equity above the Maintenance Margin requirement level at the time of FXCM’s daily Maintenance Margin check at 5:00 pm ET, the account status will be reset to reflect that it is no longer in margin warning. In the event the account equity meets the Maintenance Margin requirement prior to the daily maintenance margin check, clients may contact FXCM to have their margin warning status removed manually.

Accounts that have received a margin warning notice will be triggered to automatically liquidate at approximately 6:00 pm ET at the end of the third day the account equity remains below the Maintenance Margin requirement level. Please note that weekends and bank holidays will count against the three (3) days clients are given to bring the account equity above the Maintenance Margin requirement. Positions may only be liquidated when trading is open. If the third day falls on a day that trading is not open at 6:00 pm ET (such as Friday, Saturday or a trading holiday) positions will be liquidated at 6:00 pm ET of the next open trading day.

TIME OF MARGIN WARNING (ET)

TRIGGERED TO LIQUIDATE (ET)

Sunday 5:00 pm - Monday 4:59 pm Thursday 6:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - Tuesday 4:59 pm Sunday 6:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - Wednesday 4:59 pm Sunday 6:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - Thursday 4:59 pm Sunday 6:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - Friday 4:59 pm Monday 6:00 pm

If at any time the account equity reaches or falls below the Liquidation Margin Level (typically 1% for major currency pairs and 2.5% for exotic pairs), the Smart Margin feature will automatically trigger the liquidation of all open positions. The liquidation process is entirely electronic, and there is no discretion on FXCM's part as to the order in which trades are closed.

Pending Entry orders that trigger while the account is in Margin Warning will not execute and will be deleted. If the account is set to non-hedging, it is possible for a Pending Entry order to act as a Stop or Limit when the order is intended to close out any open positions. When the order’s trade size is equal to, or less than, the open position’s trade size, it will close the relevant positions, again only when the account is set to non-hedging. If the order to close is larger than the open position, the entire entry order will be deleted.

METATRADER 4 (MT4) TIERED MARGIN

Similar to Trading Station II accounts, certain MetaTrader 4 (MT4) accounts may be defaulted to a tiered margin system. The MT4 Tiered Margin system is designed to allow clients more time in which to manage their positions before the automatic liquidation of those positions occurs. Clients are able to see real-time updates of their margin status on the MT4 platform.

The MT4 platform does not allow FXCM to include commissions in pre-trade margin calculations on client's pending orders. This means that if you place a trade with a small amount of available usable margin under the MT4 account, there is a risk that the execution of the orders could trigger immediate margin call right after the execution as the commission charges can result in insufficient margin to maintain your open positions. You should therefore ensure that you have reserved sufficient buffer usable margin before opening new trades.

The MT4 tiered margin system consists of three components:

  1. Initial Entry Margin – The initial good faith deposit or collateral set aside to open a position. The exact amount of margin required to open a position can be viewed in the "MMR" column under the "Simple Dealing Rates" tab on the Trading Station platform prior to execution.
  2. Maintenance Margin – The minimum amount of equity that must be in the account in order to open new positions and maintain the current open positions. This is typically identical to the Initial Entry Margin amount. The exact amount of Maintenance Margin required can found by viewing the label "Margin" under the "Trade" tab in the MT4 platform.
  3. Liquidation Margin – The minimum amount of equity that must be in the account in order to continue holding the current open positions on the account. This is set at half of the value of the Maintenance Margin and automatic liquidation will trigger when the "Margin Level" label under the "Trade" tab in the MT4 platform reads "50%" or below.

How It Works

On the MT4 platform an account will enter margin warning when the "Margin Level" label under the "Trade" tab in the MT4 platform falls below 100%. When the account is in margin warning the "Trade" tab on the platform will turn red and no new positions may be opened until the "Margin Level" is over 100%. The margin warning period for an MT4 account is indefinite and the account will remain in margin warning as long as the margin level is above 50% and below 100%.

After a warning is initiated, the account will be unable to open any new positions until the Margin Level increases to a level above 100%. There are a few ways to accomplish this: 1) Deposit more funds; 2) Close out existing positions; or 3) Experience beneficial market movements. Note that beneficial market movements and/or deposits may not have immediate effect on the Margin Warning status.

When the Margin Level falls below 50% a margin call will automatically occur and the position floating the largest loss with an open underlying reference market will be liquidated. This process will be repeated until the Margin Level reaches 50% or above.

CHART PRICING VS. PRICES DISPLAYED ON THE PLATFORM

It is important to make a distinction between indicative prices (displayed on charts) and dealable prices (displayed on the platforms, such as Trading Station and MetaTrader 4). Indicative quotes are those that offer an indication of the prices in the market, and the rate at which they are changing. These prices are derived from a host of contributors such as banks and clearing firms, which may or may not reflect where FXCM's liquidity providers are making prices. Indicative prices are usually very close to dealing prices, but they only give an indication of where the market is. Executable quotes ensure finer execution and thus a reduced transaction cost. Because the spot forex market lacks a single central exchange where all transactions are conducted, each forex dealer may quote slightly different prices. Therefore, any prices displayed by a third party charting provider, which does not employ the market maker's price feed, will reflect "indicative" prices and not necessarily actual "dealing" prices where trades can be executed.

MOBILE TRADING PLATFORMS

There are a series of inherent risks with the use of the mobile trading technology such as the duplication of order instructions, latency in the prices provided, and other issues that are a result of mobile connectivity. Prices displayed on the mobile platform are solely an indication of the executable rates and may not reflect the actual executed price of the order.

Mobile TS II utilizes public communication network circuits for the transmission of messages. FXCM shall not be liable for any and all circumstances in which you experience a delay in price quotation or an inability to trade caused by network circuit transmission problems or any other problems outside the direct control of FXCM. Transmission problems include but are not limited to the strength of the mobile signal, cellular latency, or any other issues that may arise between you and any internet service provider, phone service provider, or any other service provider.

It is strongly recommended that clients familiarise themselves with the functionality of the FXCM Mobile Trading Station prior to managing a live account via portable device.

TS MOBILE TABLET APPLICATION

FXCM's Trading Station Web platform has been modified to run on mobile and tablet devices. The mobile platform for tablet devices is called Trading Station Mobile and has the same trading features as Trading Station Web. The same connectivity risks described above regarding our Mobile TS II apply to use with any application made available for tablet trading.

CFD Execution

HIGH RISK INVESTMENT

Trading Contracts for Difference (CFD'S) on margin carries a high level of risk, and may not be suitable for all investors. Before deciding to trade these products offered by Forex Capital Markets, Limited ("FXCM") you should carefully consider your objectives, financial situation, needs and level of experience. The products are intended for retail and professional clients. Forex Capital Markets, Limited is authorised and regulated by the UK Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") [Registration No. 217689]. FXCM maintains its registered office at Northern and Shell Building, 10 Lower Thames Street, 8th Floor, London EC3R 6AD. FXCM may provide general commentary without regard to your objectives, financial situation or needs. General advice given, or the content of this website are not intended to be personal advice and should not be construed as such. The possibility exists that you could sustain a loss in excess of your deposited funds. You should be aware of all the risks associated with trading on margin. FXCM recommends you seek advice from an independent financial advisor.

FXCM MARKET OPINIONS

Any opinions, news, research, analyses, prices, or other information contained on this website is provided as general market commentary, and does not constitute investment advice. FXCM will not accept liability for any loss or damage, including without limitation to, any loss of profit, which may arise directly or indirectly from use of or reliance on such information.

INTERNET TRADING RISKS

There are risks associated with utilising an internet-based deal-execution trading system including, but not limited to, the failure of hardware, software, and internet connection. Since FXCM does not control signal power, its reception or routing via the internet, configuration of your equipment or reliability of its connection, we cannot be responsible for communication failures, distortions or delays when trading via the internet. FXCM employs backup systems and contingency plans to minimise the possibility of system failure, which includes allowing clients to trade via telephone.

CFD EXECUTION MODEL

Contract for Difference products are generally subject to Dealing Desk execution. FXCM reserves the right to switch a client's execution to No Dealing Desk without prior consent from the client for any reason, including but not limited to, the product being traded, trading style of client, or volume traded. FXCM does not generally execute CFD orders with an external counterparty. FXCM is the final counterparty for most CFD positions which you undertake. Please note that as the final counterparty FXCM may receive compensation beyond our standard fixed mark-up. FXCM makes prices for the CFD instruments it offers to its clients. Although these prices may be indicative of the underlying market for the product being traded, they do not represent the actual prices of the underlying asset on the physical market or exchange where it is listed.

As dealer, FXCM accumulates exposure for the products we deal to you. As such, FXCM may take steps to mitigate risk accumulated during the market making process. In the event that you exhibit behaviours that prevent FXCM from mitigating exposure, we may, in our sole discretion remove you from Dealing Desk execution. Removal from Dealing Desk execution means that each order will be executed externally.

In the case that FXCM provides external execution for CFD's through a straight through processing, or No Dealing Desk execution model, platforms display the best-available direct bid and ask prices from the liquidity providers. While generally NDD accounts offer spreads with no markups, in some circumstances, FXCM may add a markup to NDD spreads. In this model, FXCM does not act as a market marker and is reliant on liquidity providers for pricing and there are certain limitations to liquidity that can affect the final execution of your order.

SLIPPAGE

FXCM aims to provide clients with the best execution available and to get all orders filled at the requested rate. However, there are times when, due to an increase in volatility or volume, orders may be subject to slippage. Slippage most commonly occurs during fundamental news events or periods of limited liquidity. Instances such as trade rollover (5pm ET) is a known period in which the amount of liquidity tends to be limited as many liquidity providers settle transactions for that day. For more information on why rollover occurs, see the section on ‘Rollover Costs’. During periods such as these, your order type, quantity demanded, and specific order instructions can have an impact on the overall execution you receive.

  • Good 'Til Cancelled ("GTC") Orders - Your entire order will be filled at the next available price(s) at the time it is received.
  • Immediate or Cancel ("IOC") Orders - All or part of your order will be filled at the next available price with the remaining amount cancelled should liquidity not exist to fill your order immediately.
  • Fill or Kill ("FOK") Orders - The order must be filled in its entirety or not at all.

The volatility in the market may create conditions where orders are difficult to execute. For instance, the price you receive in the execution of your order might be many pips away from the selected or quoted price due to market movement. In this scenario, the trader is looking to execute at a certain price but in a split second, for example, the market may have moved significantly away from that price. The trader's order would then be filled at the next available price for that specific order. Similarly, given FXCM's models for execution, sufficient liquidity must exist to execute all trades at any price.

FXCM provides a number of basic and advanced order types to help clients mitigate execution risk. One way to mitigate the risk associated with slippage is to utilize the Market Range (Max Deviation for MT4 users) feature on FXCM's platforms. The Market Range feature allows traders to specify the amount of potential slippage they are willing to accept on a market order by defining a range. Zero indicates that no slippage is permitted. By selecting zero on the Market Range, the trader is requesting his order to be executed only at the selected or quoted price, not any other price. Traders may elect to accept a wider range of permissible slippage to raise the probability of having their order(s) executed. In this scenario the order will be filled at the best price available within the specified range. For instance, a client may indicate that he is willing to be filled within 2 pips of his requested order price. The system would then fill the client within the acceptable range (in this instance, 2 pips) if sufficient liquidity exists. If the order cannot be filled within the specified range, the order will not be filled. Please note, Market Range orders specify a negative range only. If a more preferential rate is available at the time of execution traders are not limited by the specified range for the amount of positive price improvement they can receive.

Additionally, when triggered, stop orders become a market order available for execution at the next available market price. Stop orders guarantee execution but do not guarantee a particular price. Therefore, stop orders may incur slippage depending on market conditions.

To view more information regarding order types at FXCM, please visit: https://www.fxcm.com/uk/why-fxcm/execution/how-orders-execute

LIQUIDITY

When trading CFDs via FXCM's Dealing Desk execution model, FXCM is the final counterparty to these transactions. When trading via No Dealing Desk execution model (NDD), FXCM platforms display the best-available direct bid and ask prices from the liquidity providers. While generally NDD accounts offer spreads with no markups, in some circumstances, FXCM may add a markup to NDD spreads. Under this execution model, FXCM does not take a market position, and trades are hedged back to back with an FXCM affiliate which, in turn, hedges with the liquidity provider. Available liquidity is dependent on the overall market conditions, specifically based upon the underlying reference market for the instrument. Prior to making a trading decision, all clients are advised to consider their overall trading strategy, size of the transaction, market conditions, and order type before placing a trade.

In addition to the order type, a trader must consider the availability of the instrument prior to making any trading decision. As in all financial markets, some instruments within that market will have greater depth of liquidity than others. Ample liquidity allows the trader to seamlessly enter or exit positions, near immediacy of execution, and minimal slippage during normal market conditions. However, certain products have more liquid markets than others.

DELAYS IN EXECUTION

A delay in execution may occur for various reasons, such as technical issues with the trader's internet connection to FXCM or by a lack of available liquidity for the instrument that the trader is attempting to trade. Due to inherent volatility in the markets, it is imperative that traders have a working and reliable internet connection. There are circumstances when the trader's personal internet connection may not be maintaining a constant connection with the FXCM servers due to a lack of signal strength from a wireless or dialup connection. A disturbance in the connection path can sometimes interrupt the signal and disable the FXCM Trading Station, causing delays in the transmission of data between the Trading Station and the FXCM server. One way to check your internet connection with FXCM’s server is to ping the server from your computer.

TIMEFRAME: COMPLETION OF TRANSACTION

FXCM endeavours to process orders within milliseconds; however, there is no exact timeframe for order processing.

STAGES: COMPLETION OF TRANSACTION

When a client makes an order with DD execution, FXCM can match against quotes from liquidity providers. A hedge order can be sent to the liquidity provider for execution. Finally, the client’s order is filled and open/closed positions are updated.

With DD execution, FXCM can hedge an order against current exposure or fill it in with our own liquidity book.

EXCEPTIONS: COMPLETION OF TRANSACTION

There may be exceptions to the typical transaction, such as delays due to abnormal order processing or malfunctions with internal or external processes. In such cases, FXCM notifies clients as quickly as possible, depending on the complexity of the issue.

FXCM’s objective is to notify customers about these types of exceptions as quickly as possible, but the time for notification sometimes depends on the complexity of the issue under review.

  • Trading station: If abnormal market order processing occurs, the order will be highlighted in red, and the "status" column will indicate "executed" or "processing," in the "orders" window. In these instances, the order is in the process of being executed, but is pending until FXCM receives confirmation from the liquidity provider that the quoted prices are still available. During periods of heavy trading volume, it is possible that a queue of orders will form. That increase in incoming orders may sometimes create conditions where there is a delay from the liquidity providers in confirming certain orders.
  • Metatrader 4 ("mt4"): If abnormal market order processing occurs, the order window will remain open on the trading platform and reflect a processing error. In these instances, the order is in the process of being executed but is pending until FXCM receives confirmation from the liquidity provider that the quoted prices are still available. During periods of heavy trading volume, it is possible that a queue of orders will form. That increase in incoming orders may sometimes create conditions where there is a delay from the liquidity providers in confirming certain orders.

RESET ORDERS

Market volatility creates conditions that make it difficult to execute orders at the given price due to an extremely high volume of orders. By the time orders are able to be executed, the bid/ask price may be several pips away.

There may be cases where a Market Range order is not executed due to a lack of liquidity or the inability to act as counterparty to your trade. For Limit Entry or Limit orders, the order would not be executed but instead reset until the order can be filled. Remember, both Limit Entry and Limit orders guarantee price but do not guarantee execution. Depending on the underlying trading strategy and the underlying market conditions, traders may be more concerned with execution versus the price received.

Depending on the type of order placed, outcomes may vary. In the case of a Market Range order that cannot be filled within the specified range or if the delay has passed, the order will not be executed. In the case of an At Market order, every attempt will be made to fill the order at the next available price in the market. In both situations, the "status" column in the "orders" window will typically indicate "executed" or "processing." The trade will simply take a few moments to move to the "open positions" window. Depending upon the order type, the position may in fact have been executed, and the delay is simply due to heavy internet traffic.

Keep in mind that it is only necessary to enter any order once. Multiple entries for the same order may slow or lock your computer or inadvertently open unwanted positions.

If at any time you are unable to access the FXCM Trading Station to manage your account, you may call the Trading Desk directly at +1 212-201-7300. View a full list of international contact numbers.

GREYED OUT PRICING

Greyed out pricing is a condition that occurs when FXCM's Trading Desk or liquidity provider that supplies pricing to FXCM is not actively making a market for particular instruments and liquidity therefore decreases. FXCM does not intentionally "grey out" prices; however, at times, a severe increase in the difference of the spread may occur due to an announcement that has a dramatic effect on the market that limits liquidity. Such greying out of prices or increased spreads may result in margin calls on a trader’s account. When an order is placed on an instrument affected by greyed out prices, the P/L will temporarily flash to zero until the pair has a tradable price and the system can calculate the P/L balance.

HEDGING

The ability to hedge allows a trader to hold both buy and sell positions in the same instrument simultaneously. Traders have the ability to enter the market without choosing a particular direction. Although hedging may mitigate or limit future losses, it does not prevent the account from being subjected to further losses altogether. FXCM traders are required to put up margin for one side (the larger side) of a hedged position. Margin requirements can be monitored at all times in the simple dealing rates window.

DIMINISHING MARGIN

A margin call may occur even when an account is fully hedged since spreads may widen, causing the remaining margin in the account to diminish. Should the remaining margin be insufficient to maintain any open positions, the account may sustain a margin call, closing out any open positions in the account. Although maintaining a long and short position may give the trader the impression that his exposure to the market's movement is limited, if insufficient available margin exists and spreads widen for any period of time, it may result in a margin call on all positions.

ROLLOVER COSTS

Rollover is the simultaneous closing and opening of a position at a particular point during the day in order to avoid the settlement and delivery of the purchased currency. This term also refers to the interest either charged or applied to a trader's account for positions held "overnight," meaning after 5 p.m. ET on FXCM's platforms. The time at which positions are closed and reopened and the rollover fee is debited or credited is commonly referred to as Trade Rollover (TRO). It is important to note that rollover charges will be higher than rollover accruals. When all positions are hedged in an account, although the overall net position may be flat, the account can still sustain losses due to the spread at the time rollover occurs. Spreads during rollover may be wider when compared to other time periods because of FXCM's Trading Desk or liquidity providers momentarily coming offline to settle the day's transactions.

EXCHANGE RATE FLUCTUATIONS (PIP COSTS)

Exchange rate fluctuations, or pip costs, are defined as the value given to a pip movement for a particular instrument. This cost is the currency amount that will be gained or lost with each pip movement of the instrument's rate and is denominated in the same currency as the account in which the pair is being traded. On the FXCM platforms, the pip cost can be found by selecting "View," followed by "Dealing Views," and then by clicking "Simple Rates" to apply the checkmark next to it. If "Simple Rates" already has a checkmark next to it, viewing the dealing rates in the simple view is as easy as clicking the "Simple Dealing Rates" tab in the dealing rates window. Once visible, the simple rates view will display the pip cost on the right-hand side of the window.

INVERTED SPREADS

FXCM's Trading Desk may rely on various third party sources for the prices that it makes available to clients. In the event that a manifest (misquoted) price is provided to us from a source that we generally rely, all trades executed on that manifest (misquoted) price may be revoked, as the manifest (misquoted) price is not representative of genuine market activity. These manifest (misquoted) prices can lead to an inversion in the spread.

HOLIDAY/WEEKEND EXECUTION

TRADING DESK HOURS

The hours for each CFD are determined by FXCM's Trading Desk based on the schedule for trading on the exchange for the underlying market, commodity, or asset.

Please refer to the CFD Product Guide for specific hours for each instrument.

FXCM aims to open and close markets as close to the posted trading hours as possible, however the lack of liquidity at or around market open and close for any CFD instrument can impede execution and price delivery. FXCM may delay market open or bring forward market close on specific instruments in an effort to protect clients from quoted prices or executions that are not representative of the true market price.

Traders are advised to use extreme caution around market open and close and to utilize FXCM's basic and advanced orders types to mitigate execution risk. Based on the illiquidity illustrated during these time periods traders using market orders can experience slippage, or gaping in prices that can have a material impact on your final execution price.

PRICES UPDATING BEFORE THE OPEN

Shortly prior to the open, the Trading Desk refreshes rates to reflect current market pricing in preparation for the open. At this time, trades and orders held over the weekend are subject to execution. Quotes during this time are not executable for new market orders. After the open, traders may place new trades, and cancel or modify existing orders.

GAPPING

There is a substantial risk that stop-loss orders left to protect open positions held overnight may be executed at levels significantly worse than their specified price.

Commensurate with the opening/closing of the market for the underlying instrument, CFD traders may experience gaps in market prices. Due to the volatility expressed during these time periods, trading at the open or at the close, can involve additional risk and must be factored into any trading decision. These time periods are specifically mentioned because they are associated with the lowest levels of market liquidity and can be followed by significant movements in prices for both the CFD, and the underlying instrument.

ORDER EXECUTION

Limit orders are often filled at the requested price or better. If the price requested (or a better price) is not available in the market, the order will not be filled. If the requested price of a Stop order is reached at the open of the market on Sunday, the order will become a Market order. Limit Entry orders are filled the same way as Limit orders. Stop Entry orders are filled the same way as Stops.

WEEKEND RISK

Traders who fear that the markets may be extremely volatile over the weekend, that gapping may occur, or that the potential for weekend risk is not appropriate for their trading style, may simply close out orders and positions ahead of the weekend. It is imperative that traders who hold open positions over the weekend understand that the potential exists for major economic events and news announcements to affect the value of the underlying positions. Given the volatility expressed in the markets it is not uncommon for prices to be a number of pips away on market open from market close. We encourage all traders to take this into consideration before making a trading decision.

MARGIN CALLS AND CLOSE OUTS

Margin calls are triggered when your usable margin falls below zero. This occurs when your floating losses reduce your account equity to a level that is less than your margin requirement. Therefore, the result of any margin call is subsequent liquidation unless otherwise specified.

FXCM process all liquidations for CFD products automatically. Open and close times for the underlying reference market are determined by the exchange, or third party execution venue, and not by FXCM. If a client's liquidation event is triggered during the period when the underlying reference market is closed, it may be necessary for the FXCM Trading Desk to wait until the underlying reference market re-opens before liquidation of the CFD positions can be finalized. Depending on market conditions, this could mean that the final price the client receives is a significant number of points away from the price that triggered the liquidation. If an account contains open positions for both CFD and forex at the time liquidation is triggered, it is possible that only the forex positions will be liquidated. This would only occur in situations where the underlying reference market for the CFD positions is closed, and the liquidation of the forex positions satisfies the liquidation requirement.

Please note that MT4 users are subject to different margin call procedures. When a margin call is triggered on the account, individual positions are liquidated until the remaining equity is sufficient to support existing position(s). In deciding what positions will be individually liquidated the largest losing position will be closed first during liquidation.

TRADING STATION TIERED MARGIN (AKA SMART MARGIN)

Certain FXCM LTD Trading Station accounts may be defaulted to the Trading Station’s tiered margin system, known as Smart Margin. This system is designed to allow clients more time in which to manage their positions before the automatic liquidation of those positions occurs. Clients are able to see real-time updates of their margin status on the Trading Station platform and can be alerted by FXCM’s Smart Margin Watcher feature.

The Trading Station tiered margin system consists of three components:

  1. Initial Entry Margin – The initial good faith deposit or collateral set aside to open a position. The exact amount of margin required to open a position can be viewed in the "MMR" column under the "Simple Dealing Rates" tab on the Trading Station platform.
  2. Maintenance Margin – The minimum amount of equity that must be in the account in order to open new positions and maintain the current open positions. This is typically identical to the Initial Entry Margin amount. The exact amount of margin required to maintain open positions can be found in the "Used Maint Mr" column under the "Accounts" tab on the Trading Station platform.
  3. Liquidation Margin – The minimum amount of equity that must be in the account in order to continue holding the current open positions on the account. This is typically set at half of the value of the maintenance margin. If the account equity falls below this level, all positions will be automatically closed. The exact amount of margin required before automatic liquidation will occur can be found in the "Used Mr" column under the "Accounts" tab on the Trading Station platform.

How It Works

When clients initiate a new position on the account the amount of equity in the account must exceed the Initial Entry Margin amount, otherwise the trade will automatically be deleted due to insufficient funds. Once a trade has been initiated, the equity in the account must exceed the Maintenance Margin. Should the equity in the account fall below the Maintenance Margin at any time, the account enters Margin Warning Status.

When this occurs, the Smart Margin Watcher feature is designed to alert clients that their account equity has fallen below the Maintenance Margin requirements by the presence of a warning ("W") in the Margin Call ("MC") column under the "Accounts" tab on Trading Station. This system is also designed to notify clients of a margin warning via email. However, clients should not rely on receiving these alerts and should monitor their account at all times.

After a warning is initiated, the account will be unable to open any new positions, and clients will have approximately three (3) calendar days from 5:00 pm ET on the day that the margin warning is initiated to bring account equity back above the Maintenance Margin requirement level. There are a few ways to accomplish this: 1) Deposit more funds; 2) Close out existing positions; or 3) Experience beneficial market movements.

The "MC" column on Trading Station will be automatically reset to "N" (meaning that the account is no longer in margin warning status) if the client chooses to either deposit funds or close out existing positions to bring the account equity above the Maintenance Margin requirement level. It is important to note that deposited funds may not be instantaneously available in the account. Please click here for more information regarding when deposited funds may become available.

Should the market move in the client’s favor and bring the account equity above the Maintenance Margin requirement level at the time of FXCM’s daily Maintenance Margin check at 5:00 pm ET, the account status will be reset to reflect that it is no longer in margin warning. In the event the account equity meets the Maintenance Margin requirement prior to the daily maintenance margin check, clients may contact FXCM to have their margin warning status removed manually.

Accounts that have received a margin warning notice will be triggered to automatically liquidate at approximately 6:00 pm ET at the end of the third day the account equity remains below the Maintenance Margin requirement level. Please note that weekends and bank holidays will count against the three (3) days clients are given to bring the account equity above the Maintenance Margin requirement. Positions may only be liquidated when trading is open. If the third day falls on a day that trading is not open at 6:00 pm ET (such as Friday, Saturday or a trading holiday) positions will be liquidated at 6:00 pm ET of the next open trading day.

TIME OF MARGIN WARNING (ET)

TRIGGERED TO LIQUIDATE (ET)

Sunday 5:00 pm - Monday 4:59 pm Thursday 6:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - Tuesday 4:59 pm Sunday 6:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - Wednesday 4:59 pm Sunday 6:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - Thursday 4:59 pm Sunday 6:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - Friday 4:59 pm Monday 6:00 pm

If at any time the account equity reaches or falls below the Liquidation Margin Level (typically 1% for major currency pairs and 2.5% for exotic pairs), the Smart Margin feature will automatically trigger the liquidation of all open positions. The liquidation process is entirely electronic, and there is no discretion on FXCM's part as to the order in which trades are closed.

Pending Entry orders that trigger while the account is in Margin Warning will not execute and will be deleted. If the account is set to non-hedging, it is possible for a Pending Entry order to act as a Stop or Limit when the order is intended to close out any open positions. When the order’s trade size is equal to, or less than, the open position’s trade size, it will close the relevant positions, again only when the account is set to non-hedging. If the order to close is larger than the open position, the entire entry order will be deleted.

METATRADER 4 (MT4) TIERED MARGIN

Similar to Trading Station II accounts, certain MetaTrader 4 (MT4) accounts may be defaulted to a tiered margin system. MT4 accounts do not use the Smart Margin system, but use a different version of FXCM’s tiered margin and margin call procedures. The MT4 Tiered Margin system is designed to allow clients more time in which to manage their positions before the automatic liquidation of those positions occurs. Clients are able to see real-time updates of their margin status on the MT4 platform.

The MT4 platform does not allow FXCM to include commissions in pre-trade margin calculations on client's pending orders. This means that if you place a trade with a small amount of available usable margin under the MT4 account, there is a risk that the execution of the orders could trigger immediate margin call right after the execution as the commission charges can result in insufficient margin to maintain your open positions. You should therefore ensure that you have reserved sufficient buffer usable margin before opening new trades.

The MT4 Tiered Margin system consists of three components:

  1. Initial Entry Margin – The initial good faith deposit or collateral set aside to open a position. The exact amount of margin required to open a position can be viewed in the "MMR" column under the "Simple Dealing Rates" tab on the Trading Station platform prior to execution.
  2. Maintenance Margin – The minimum amount of equity that must be in the account in order to open new positions and maintain the current open positions. This is typically identical to the Initial Entry Margin amount. The exact amount of Maintenance Margin required can found by viewing the label "Margin" under the "Trade" tab in the MT4 platform.
  3. Liquidation Margin – The minimum amount of equity that must be in the account in order to continue holding the current open positions on the account. This is set at half of the value of the Maintenance Margin and automatic liquidation will trigger when the "Margin Level" label under the "Trade" tab in the MT4 platform reads "50%" or below.

How It Works

On the MT4 platform an account will enter margin warning when the "Margin Level" label under the "Trade" tab in the MT4 platform falls below 100%. When the account is in margin warning the "Trade" tab on the platform will turn red and no new positions may be opened until the "Margin Level" is over 100%. The margin warning period for an MT4 account is indefinite and the account will remain in margin warning as long as the margin level is above 50% and below 100%.

After a warning is initiated, the account will be unable to open any new positions until the Margin Level increases to a level above 100%. There are a few ways to accomplish this:

  1. Deposit more funds;
  2. Close out existing positions;
  3. Experience beneficial market movements.

Note that beneficial market movements and/or deposits may not have immediate effect on the Margin Warning status.

When the Margin Level falls below 50% a margin call will automatically occur and the position floating the largest loss with an open underlying reference market will be liquidated. This process will be repeated until the Margin Level reaches 50% or above.

CHART PRICING VS. PRICES DISPLAYED ON THE PLATFORM

It is important to make a distinction between indicative prices (displayed on charts) and dealable prices (displayed on the platforms, such as Trading Station and MetaTrader 4). Indicative quotes are those that offer an indication of the prices in the market, and the rate at which they are changing. These prices are derived from a host of contributors such as banks and clearing firms, which may or may not reflect where FXCM's liquidity providers are making prices. Indicative prices are usually very close to dealing prices, but they only give an indication of where the market is. Executable quotes ensure finer execution and thus a reduced transaction cost. Because the spot forex market lacks a single central exchange where all transactions are conducted, each forex dealer may quote slightly different prices. Therefore, any prices displayed by a third party charting provider, which does not employ the market maker's price feed, will reflect "indicative" prices and not necessarily actual "dealing" prices where trades can be executed.

MOBILE TRADING PLATFORMS

There are a series of inherent risks with the use of the mobile trading technology such as the duplication of order instructions, latency in the prices provided, and other issues that are a result of mobile connectivity. Prices displayed on the mobile platform are solely an indication of the executable rates and may not reflect the actual executed price of the order.

Mobile TS II utilizes public communication network circuits for the transmission of messages. FXCM shall not be liable for any and all circumstances in which you experience a delay in price quotation or an inability to trade caused by network circuit transmission problems or any other problems outside the direct control of FXCM. Transmission problems include but are not limited to the strength of the mobile signal, cellular latency, or any other issues that may arise between you and any internet service provider, phone service provider, or any other service provider.

Please note some features of the FXCM Trading Station will not be available on the FXCM Mobile Trading Station. Key differences include, but are not limited to, charting packages, daily interest rolls will not appear, and the maintenance margin requirement per financial instrument will not be available. It is strongly recommended that clients familiarise themselves with the functionality of the FXCM Mobile Trading Station prior to managing a live account via portable device.

TS MOBILE TABLET APPLICATION

FXCM's Trading Station Web platform has been modified to run on mobile and tablet devices. The mobile platform is called Trading Station Mobile. With the exception of OCO orders (one-cancels-other), Trading Station Mobile for tablet devices has the same trading features as Trading Station Web. The same connectivity risks described above regarding our Mobile TS II apply to use with any application made available for tablet trading.