Wednesday, November 4, 2009

TRADE WITH FXCM, SMART ZOMBI'S.


FXCM aims to provide clients with the best pricing 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. This most commonly occurs during fundamental news events.

The volatility in the market may create conditions where orders are difficult to execute, since the price might be many pips away due to the extreme market movement. Although the trader is looking to execute at a certain price, the market may have moved significantly and the order would be filled at the next best price or the fair market value. Similarly, increased volume may also result in slippage if sufficient liquidity does not exist to execute all trades at the requested rate.

The concept of slippage is not unique to the forex market, as it often occurs in the equities and futures markets. It is important to note that the "At Market Points" feature on FXCM's FX Trading Station allows traders to control the amount of potential slippage they are willing to accept on a market order. Zero indicates no slippage is permitted. When zero is selected, the trader is telling FXCM his order may be executed only at the exact price requested, or not executed at all. If the trader elects to accept a range of permissible slippage to raise the probability of having his order executed, 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. The system would then fill the client within the acceptable range (in this instance, 2 pips) if the market has moved quickly through the price at which the order was entered. If the order cannot be filled within that permissible range, the order will be rejected.

Once a stop is triggered, it becomes an At Best market order, and there is no guarantee it will be filled at any particular given price. Therefore, stop orders may incur slippage depending on market conditions.

FXCM has obtained close banking relationships with some of the world's largest and most aggressive price providers. Having multiple price providers is especially important in volatile markets, when one or two banks may post wide spreads, or simply avoid quoting any price at all. With so many major banks quoting prices to FXCM, there are competitive spreads and fills, even during market-moving news events.


SOURCE( FXCM.COM/)

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