Spread betting at FXCM

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Old Jun 29, 2009, 5:22pm   #17
 
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Jason Rogers started this thread Hi Claudia,

I would say yes, but then I am biased since I work for FXCM . There would have to be an independent source or analysis to make that statement. I would hope that whichever broker you trade through you have at least made an independent decision yourself by testing the platform, charting, and spreads.

What I can tell you is that your trades will not be delayed due to order restrictions, re-quotes or restrictions on your trading strategies which typically occur with market makers.

The spreads are variable as prices are provided to FXCM from multiple global banks. FXCM takes those prices and then streams through the best bid and ask price for you to trade on. Here is where you can see a list of our spreads Forex Spreads | Spread Betting . As trading volume and price competition increases you will see spreads decrease. And as trading volume and price competition decreases, spreads can increase.


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Jason- what can FXCM do for me that IG can't. I spread bet 5 days a week. Are your spreads better. are your fills quicker, charting package, platform reliabilty etc.

I don't want a demo before you say it - just honest answers. Is FXCM better than IG.
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Hi gle101,

Happy to be here. Brokers and spread betting firms offer the same product, forex trading, but there are two methods of execution: market maker and direct market access (no dealing desk, straight through processing).

The majority of spread betting firms are market makers. They take the other side of all positions thereby profiting when you lose, and losing when you profit. This is a conflict of interest because it is in your brokerís best interest for you to lose money. Since a market maker can profit if the market moves against you, it is also common to get referred to a dealer when the price is unfavorable to the market maker. A good example of this is news trading.

With FXCM, every single order is sent directly to one of the 9 banks quoting on our system. As a result, FXCM does not profit when you lose money on a trade. Rather, we are compensated by marking up the price we receive from the bank. Thus, FXCM is strictly concerned with volume. Because of this there are no restrictions on trading styles or strategies such as scalping or news trading. There are no re-quotes.

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Thanks for your reply. If you don't give re-quotes, don't practice referral to a dealer and no other restrictions. That leaves pretty much slippage to watch out for. Well, I guess the best way is to try you out to see how well you execute. I am sure there will be some reports on this thread.
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Old Jun 29, 2009, 5:34pm   #19
 
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Jason Rogers started this thread Yes, that is correct, it is direct market access. Cable spread is typically 3.7 pips getting as low as 0.8 during peak trading periods. However, by all means view a demo to compare.

As discussed previously with rainmaker in the thread, the tax implications is what differentiates the "spread betting" account from the regular rolling spot forex. If you compare the two one against the other, it uses the same platform, execution, spreads etc. The reason why there is a separate spread betting account offered is because it is free of stamp duty and UK capital gains tax for UK individuals.

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jason - so in effect you say you offer DMA is that correct? What are spreads on cable.

To say brokers and spreadbetters offer the same product is a bit misleading for some of the new guys here -- there are tax implications to be considered as you know.
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Old Jun 29, 2009, 5:38pm   #20
 
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Jason Rogers started this thread That is true. Slippage is one thing that can happen, but there are ways to control slippage. You have the ability to set market orders to fill as At Best or Market Range. At Best execution will get you into the market every time at the best price available. Market Range allows you to set a range of prices you are willing to accept, and it will fill at the best price in that range.

And I look forward to hearing about the feedback.

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Thanks for your reply. If you don't give re-quotes, don't practice referral to a dealer and no other restrictions. That leaves pretty much slippage to watch out for. Well, I guess the best way is to try you out to see how well you execute. I am sure there will be some reports on this thread.
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what is the minimum bet per point spread betting on this platform?
hi jiggly,

The minimum bet per point is currently 0.60£. for the cable.

On the platform, your profit is in the counter currency. So if you are trading GBP/USD, your profit is in USD, and then converted back to GBP at the current exchange rate.

If each point is worth $1, then it is worth 0.60£ at the current exchange rate ( $1 / 1.60 = 0.60£). If you traded two lots, then each point would be worth 1.20£ and so forth.

If you are trading a pair that has the GBP as the counter currency, such as EUR/GBP, then it is equal to exactly 1£ per point since your profit is already in GBP.
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Thanks for some informative answers, Jason. I understand that you can do this with FX, but what about index spread bets? Presumably you are the market maker in this case?
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Thanks for some informative answers, Jason. I understand that you can do this with FX, but what about index spread bets? Presumably you are the market maker in this case?
They only offer FX by the looks of it Phil.

I downloaded the demo yesterday. Spreads look OK, comparable with MBT all told, but will have to take a closer look around news and fast markets and also in thin markets. Platform is fairly basic, but should be satisfactory for most. 10k lots, which is good for flexibility. I really liked the look of futuresbetting.com, but the 100k lot increment is way too restrictive for my MM schedule.

So, on first impressions, it looks good, and I particularly like the noises JR is making about FXCM not having the incentive to place profitable traders on manual execution. Of course, the only way to get a real idea of execution is to load up an account.

I've got a couple of questions which you might be able to help me with Jason:

Mobile trading? Is there any official software available for mobile trading on Windows mobile/iphone? I had a quick look but couldn't find much on the subject.

Are trailing stop orders held on FXCM servers and are not reliant on the users platform being connected for these to be triggered (as they are with MT4)?



And in general a question I have about spreadbetting - surely there is some kind of official definition of spreadbetting for taxation purposes which must be satisfied by those who offer the service, and does this definition not distinguish it from a regular trading account? As you have said, the only difference between the spreadbetting and spot forex account is in the name and the way orders are processed is identical. Can anyone elaborate upon this, or is 'spreadbetting' a magic word like 'open sesame', or kryptonite to the tax man?
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Old Jun 30, 2009, 7:36am   #24
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hi jiggly,

The minimum bet per point is currently 0.60£. for the cable.

On the platform, your profit is in the counter currency. So if you are trading GBP/USD, your profit is in USD, and then converted back to GBP at the current exchange rate.

If each point is worth $1, then it is worth 0.60£ at the current exchange rate ( $1 / 1.60 = 0.60£). If you traded two lots, then each point would be worth 1.20£ and so forth.

If you are trading a pair that has the GBP as the counter currency, such as EUR/GBP, then it is equal to exactly 1£ per point since your profit is already in GBP.
Jason, what are your standard margin requirements for say E/U & cable and what would be the minimums when SL is applied to a trade, thanks.
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