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METATRADER 4 ORDER SIZES

Feature Details
Tradable Currency Pairs 39
GMT Offset 0
Default Lot Size 0.01 (micro lots)
Stop Loss and Take Profit Restrictions None
Pending Order Restrictions None
Scalping Restrictions None with NDD Execution
Default Forex Execution Model "Varies" as MT4 allowed for both.
Default Order Type Fill or Kill
Hedging Yes
Close Part of a Position Yes
Max Deviation Yes
Default Deviation 10 (1 pip)
Order Execution Type Instant Execution

Trade Execution

Orders to open and close trades, as well as take profit (TP) orders execute Fill or Kill. These orders only execute if they can fill in their entirety at the requested price. These orders cannot be broken up and filled at multiple prices.

In the event that sufficient liquidity is not immediately available to execute a Fill or Kill order in its entirety, execution ceases.

Stop Loss (SL) orders, and orders submitted due to margin call do not execute Fill or Kill. These orders do fill in their entirety at the same price; however, execution will not cease if sufficient liquidity is not immediately available. Execution will continue until a price becomes available to fill the entire order.

The maximum number of open orders is capped at 500 individual orders per account. This restriction includes both open orders and pending orders. The MT4 platform will display an error message if traders attempt to open more than 500 individual orders. Stop Losses and Take Profits are exempt from this restriction.

Margin Call

The margin call policy for FXCM MetaTrader 4 accounts is different from all other FXCM accounts. When a margin call occurs, trades will be closed one by one until margin level is greater than 50%.

Rollover

Interest rates are not displayed on the MetaTrader 4 Platform; however, traders will pay or accrue interest in accordance with the current FXCM rates. To obtain the rollover rates traders can view them on the FXCM Trading Station II platform or call FXCM customer service for current rates. Please be advised that interest rates are provided to FXCM by multiple liquidity providers. Every effort is made to display rollover rates one day in advance on the FXCM Trading Station II. However, during times of extreme market volatility, rates may change intraday.

Any positions that are open at 5 p.m. ET sharp are considered to be held overnight, and are subject to rollover. A position opened at 5:01 p.m. is not subject to rollover until the next day, while a position opened at 4:59 p.m. is subject to rollover at 5 p.m. ET.

Expert Advisor

Expert Advisor's (EA) are automated trading tools that can perform all or part of a trading strategy. While FXCM offers proprietary EAs, there are others developed by third parties. FXCM does not vouch for the accuracy or reliability provided by the EAs not in its control. Traders utilizing an EA do so at their own risk. Additionally, many EA's employ the use of micro lots and do not account for fractional pip pricing. On the FXCM MetaTrader 4 platform the smallest lot size increment is 1k and fractional pips are used. Prior to trading, please contact your EA provider to discuss the lot sizes used in the program and any potential issues that may arise from fractional pip pricing.

Max Deviation

With FXCM MetaTrader 4, all orders execute using instant execution. This MetaTrader 4 execution type enables the maximum deviation ("max deviation") feature.

The maximum deviation feature was designed to control slippage - both negative and positive - in the following way. When creating an order, a number is specified in tenths of a pip (≥0) in the max deviation field. This number is the maximum amount of slippage the order can receive. If the market price moves beyond this amount while the order is executing, the order will cancel automatically. This is how the maximum deviation feature was designed to function.

FXCM trading policy allows for unlimited positive slippage on all order types. Therefore, FXCM has developed a way to override the restriction that the maximum deviation feature places on positive slippage. All orders placed on the FXCM MetaTrader 4 platform fill with the greatest amount of positive slippage possible.

In the event that an order fills with positive slippage beyond the maximum deviation, the platform logs a message in the "Journal" tab. The message has the following format: $ {Amount} - Positive Slippage - {Order Number}. $ {Amount} is the positive slippage the order received beyond the maximum deviation.

If the market price moves negatively beyond the maximum deviation, the order cancels automatically. When this occurs, an "Off Quotes" message is displayed. This is a standard MetaTrader 4 message notifying the user that an order canceled because the market price deviated beyond the order setting.

Please note: dependent upon market conditions, a lower maximum deviation amount can increase the likelihood that an order will be rejected due to the market price moving outside of the maximum deviation.

Pending Orders

You cannot use a pending order to close a trade or a portion of it. Pending orders can only be used to open new trades. For example, assume that an account is long 0.2 EUR/USD. A trader then creates a pending order to sell 0.1 EUR/USD. If the pending order price is reached, the order will trigger for execution. However, because the pending order is attempting to trade in the opposite direction of the existing long trade, the pending order will automatically cancel, leaving the long trade unaffected.

When closing a trade, MetaTrader 4 users can use stop loss and take profit orders as an alternative to pending orders.

Cross-Platform Compatibility

FXCM MetaTrader 4 login credentials grant a user with access to the FXCM Trading Station platforms. Therefore, FXCM MetaTrader 4 account holders can place and manage trades and orders through the FXCM Trading Station platforms. Account details for retail clients (e.g. orders, trades, P/L, margin, equity) will match on all of these platforms and their statement of records. However, please note that some functionality available on the FXCM Trading Station platforms may not be available on the FXCM MetaTrader 4 platform.

FXCM MetaTrader 4

FXCM MetaTrader 4 allows for order sizes up to 50 million per trade. Traders have the ability to trade incremental sizes (multiple orders of 50 million for the same pair). The FXCM MetaTrader 4 Platform does not show pip costs. The potential exists for variations in pricing displayed between servers. These differences do not have an impact on prices available for execution but can impact the prices used to trigger resting orders.

Server Information

Under rare circumstances it may be necessary to type in a server address when logging into FXCM MetaTrader 4. A list of FXCM’s MT4 server names and addresses has been provided below. So long as you download FXCM MetaTrader 4 here and install it on your computer or VPS, you will not need these server addresses.

If you need to enter the server address when logging in, be sure to use the one that corresponds to the server name that your account is assigned to. As an example, if your account’s server name is MT4USDREAL01, you would use "mt4r01.fxcorporate.com:443."

Account Denomination Server Name Server Address

MetaTrader 4 Live Server

US Dollars FXCM-USDReal01 mt4r01.fxcorporate.com:443
US Dollars FXCM-USDReal02 mt4r06.fxcorporate.com:443
US Dollars FXCM-USDReal03 mt4r09.fxcorporate.com:443
US Dollars FXCM-USDReal04 mt4r10.fxcorporate.com:443
US Dollars FXCM-USDReal05 mt4r11.fxcorporate.com:443
US Dollars FXCM-USDReal07 mt4r13.fxcorporate.com:443
US Dollars FXCM-USDReal08 mt4r14.fxcorporate.com:443
US Dollars FXCM-USDReal09 mt4r17.fxcorporate.com:443
Euros FXCM-EURReal01 mt4r02.fxcorporate.com:443
Japanese Yen FXCM-JPYReal02 mt4r07.fxcorporate.com:443
British Pounds FXCM-GBPReal01 mt4r04.fxcorporate.com:443
Australian Dollars FXCM-AUDReal01 mt4r05.fxcorporate.com:443
Canadian Dollars FXCM-CADReal01 mt4r08.fxcorporate.com:443

MetaTrader 4 Demo Server

US Dollars FXCM-USDDemo01 mt4d01.fxcorporate.com
US Dollars FXCM-USDDemo02 mt4d06.fxcorporate.com
Euros FXCM-EURDemo01 mt4d02.fxcorporate.com
British Pounds FXCM-GBPDemo01 mt4d04.fxcorporate.com
Australian Dollars FXCM-AUDDemo01 mt4d05.fxcorporate.com

SUMMARY OF EXECUTION INFORMATION FOR FXCM’S MT4

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

STAGES: COMPLETION OF TRANSACTION

With DD Execution, when a client makes an order, 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.

  • Metatrader 4 ("mt4"): If abnormal market order processing occurs, the order window would remain open on the trading platform and reflect 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.

SUMMARY OF EXECUTION INFORMATION FOR FXCM’S MT4

  • The maximum number of open orders is capped at 500 individual orders per account. This restriction includes both open orders and pending orders. The MT4 platform will display an error message if traders attempt to open more than 500 individual orders. Stop Losses and Take Profits are exempt from this restriction.
  • MT4 is only able to execute one order per price update per symbol per account. For example, if an account has two stop orders on the same rate and the market only trades at or beyond that stop level one time, only one of the stop orders will execute. The second stop will not be triggered unless there is a secondary price update at or beyond that stop level.
  • The margin call policy for FXCM MetaTrader 4 accounts is different from all other FXCM accounts. 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.
  • Interest rates are not displayed on the MetaTrader 4 Platform; however, traders will pay or accrue interest in accordance with the current FXCM rates.
  • Expert Advisor's (EA) are automated trading tools that can perform all or part of a trading strategy. FXCM does not vouch for the accuracy or reliability provided by the EAs not in its control. Traders utilizing an EA do so at their own risk. Additionally, many EA's employ the use of micro lots and do not account for fractional pip pricing. On the FXCM MetaTrader 4 platform the smallest lot size increment is 1k and fractional pips are used. Prior to trading, please contact your EA provider to discuss the lot sizes used in the program and any potential issues that may arise from fractional pip pricing.
  • The maximum deviation feature was designed to control slippage. Please note: dependent upon market conditions, a lower maximum deviation amount can increase the likelihood that an order will be rejected due to the market price moving outside of the maximum deviation.
  • You cannot use a pending order to close a trade or a portion of it. Pending orders can only be used to open new trades.
  • 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.

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MT4: Accounts on the MetaTrader 4 platform have maximum account equity restrictions. Contact FXCM for details.

1 MT4 Order Sizes: FXCM MetaTrader 4 allows for order sizes up to 50 million per trade. Traders have the ability to trade incremental sizes (multiple orders of 50 million for the same pair).

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.

Clients who trade notional volume with an average of 500K per month for the previous 3 months will have the cost of VPS service reimbursed. At the beginning of the month (between 1st and 15th), a fee of 30 base currency (3k JPY, 240 HKD) will be debited from any of your FXCM account(s) to cover the VPS cost.

MT4 FXCM Independency: Forex Capital Markets Limited ("FXCM LTD") is an independent legal entity and is not affiliated with MetaQuotes Software Corp. ("MT4"). MT4 is not owned, controlled, or operated by FXCM LTD. Therefore, FXCM LTD does not make any warranties regarding any MT4 product or service and has not reviewed or verified any performance results that may be presented and/or described on this website in relation to MT4.

MT4 Quote Throttling: The potential exists for variations in pricing displayed between servers. These differences do not have an impact on prices available for execution but can impact the prices used to trigger resting orders. ‎Please note that MT4 has an inherent limitation on maximum numbers of quotes processing within a short period of time (i.e. per second). During volatile market situation, there is a risk of potential latency of price quote which may result in delays in order execution.

Execution Disclaimer: FXCM aggregates bid and ask prices from a pool of liquidity providers and is the final counterparty when trading forex on FXCM's dealing desk and No Dealing Desk (NDD) execution models. With NDD, FXCM's platforms display the best-available direct bid and ask prices from the liquidity providers. In addition to the spread, the trading cost with NDD is a fixed lot-based commission at the open and close of the trade. While generally NDD accounts offer spreads with no markups, in some circumstances, FXCM may add a markup to NDD spreads. This may occur due to, but not limited to, account type, such as accounts opened through a referring agent. With dealing desk execution, FXCM can act as the dealer on any or all currency pairs. Backup liquidity providers fill in when FXCM does not act as the dealer. FXCM’s dealing desk has fewer liquidity providers than NDD. There are many other factors to consider when choosing an execution model (such as conflict of interest, trading style or strategy). See Execution Risks. Note: Contractual relationships with liquidity providers are consolidated through the FXCM Group, which, in turn, provides technology and pricing to the group affiliate entities.