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New Darwinex Trading Hours (effective from 21 August 2016)

18 August 2016

As you all may know by now, Darwinex is a 100% STP / agency broker that sources liquidity from its liquidity providers (LPs) on behalf of its customers. In other words, we act as a mere intermediary between our clients and the liquidity available in the market as provided by our LPs.

This has its pros and its cons. On the plus side, our customers can rest assured that we won’t trade against them because we are NOT allowed to act as market makers and hence have no interest whatsoever in our customers losing money (on the contrary, the more our customers win, the better for us because the more commissions they’ll generate in the long run!).

On the downside, as a pure STP broker we depend entirely on the liquidity offered by our LPs (i.e. we have no control over the spreads they offer). In this sense, it is fair to say that our spreads are second to none most of the time (as recently proved by TradeProofer’s “Top Spread Awards”). However, the last couple of weeks (following the Brexit referendum) we have experienced a liquidity drought around market open on Sundays and during rollover time on weekdays (liquidity used to be low per se around rollover because interbank liquidity is literally closed).

The LPs’ reluctance to provide liquidity on Sunday open and around rollover time has given rise to wider spreads and larger candles on market open during the last few weeks. This has caused more TP and SL getting triggered on market open / close than usual.

We have been monitoring spreads on market open & rollover the last few weeks and have concluded that the liquidity available in the market during those times does not meet the high quality standards that our traders deserve. Because there is little we can do as a pure STP broker to increase the liquidity available in the market, we have decided to introduce a daily break so our customers’ trades are not affected by the low liquidity available on market open / close.

Below you can find the new trading hours that will be effective from Sunday 21 August 2016.  As you can see below, the main aspects to bear in mind are:

  1. FX pairs will open 5 mins later on Sunday night (GMT time)
  2. FX market will close 1 minute from 21:00:00 to 21:01:00 (GMT time)
  3. XAUUSD will close 1 min earlier than before (i.e. at 20:59:00 GMT)
  4. All the assets will close 5 mins before market close on Fridays.

The new trading hours will remain in force until further notice. We will monitor the liquidity available at all times and we will remove the daily trading breaks only when we are sure that the liquidity available meets our clients’ needs.

New Darwinex Trading Hours (effective from 21 August 2016)*

Instrument Open (Sunday)* Trading Hours (Weekdays)* Close (Friday)*
FOREX
AUDCAD 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
AUDCHF 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
AUDJPY 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
AUDNZD 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
AUDUSD 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
CADCHF 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
CADJPY 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
CHFJPY 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
EURAUD 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
EURCAD 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
EURCHF 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
EURGBP 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
EURJPY 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
EURNOK 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
EURNZD 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
EURUSD 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
GBPAUD 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
GBPCAD 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
GBPCHF 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
GBPJPY 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
GBPNOK 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
GBPNZD 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
GBPUSD 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
NZDCAD 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
NZDCHF 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
NZDJPY 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
NZDUSD 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
USDCAD 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
USDCHF 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
USDHKD 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
USDJPY 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
USDNOK 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
USDSEK 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
USDSGD 21:05:00 21:01:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
COMMODITIES
XAUUSD 22:00:00 22:00:00 – 20:59:00 20:55:00
XAGUSD 22:00:00 22:00:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
XTIUSD 22:00:00 22:00:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
XNGUSD 22:00:00 22:00:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
XPDUSD 22:00:00 22:00:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
XPTUSD 22:00:00 22:00:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
INDICES
STOXX50E 22:00:00  22:00:00 – 21:00:00  20:55:00
GDAXI 07:00:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
SPX500 22:00:00 22:00:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
WS30 22:00:00 22:00:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
NDX 22:00:00 22:00:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
J225 22:00:00 22:00:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
AUS200 22:00:00 22:00:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
FCHI40 22:00:00 22:00:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00
UK100 22:00:00 22:00:00 – 21:00:00 20:55:00

*Times are in GMT time. 

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@darwinex.com should you have questions about the new trading hours.

 

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Updates to the MetaTrader 4 Platform

20 July 2017

We have been notified by MetaQuotes Software Corp. that as of 1 October 2017 (Sunday), support for Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows Vista will be discontinued for the MetaTrader 4 platform. As potential hardware capabilities can no longer be recognised, these operating systems are considered to be outdated. MetaQuotes has stated that Windows 7 […]

We have been notified by MetaQuotes Software Corp. that as of 1 October 2017 (Sunday), support for Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows Vista will be discontinued for the MetaTrader 4 platform. As potential hardware capabilities can no longer be recognised, these operating systems are considered to be outdated.

MetaQuotes has stated that Windows 7 is the minimum required operating system version for running MetaTrader 4. However, using the 64-bit versions of Windows 10 is strongly recommended.

Older versions of MetaTrader 4 will continue to work on Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows Vista. After 1 October 2017 (Sunday), updates will no longer be received and installers will not run on these operating systems. Without having your MetaTrader 4 up to date, you may not be able to execute trades or have guaranteed stability. If you do not have the minimum required operating system for Windows.

As always, feel free to contact info@darwinex.com if you have any questions or need a solution for this change!

And the DarwinIA winners are…

3 July 2017

The June edition of our DarwinIA trading challenge came to its end. Below you can find the 48 winners of our € 4,000,000 notional allocation for a 6 month period. Place DARWIN June’s notional allocation 1st UEI € 300,000.00 2nd VQB € 250,000.00 3rd JKC € 210,000.00 4th XIN € 170,000.00 5th DZL € 150,000.00 6th […]

The June edition of our DarwinIA trading challenge came to its end. Below you can find the 48 winners of our € 4,000,000 notional allocation for a 6 month period.

Place DARWIN June’s notional allocation
1st UEI € 300,000.00
2nd VQB € 250,000.00
3rd JKC € 210,000.00
4th XIN € 170,000.00
5th DZL € 150,000.00
6th QTN € 140,000.00
7th JJP € 130,000.00
8th UYZ € 120,000.00
9th LOM € 110,000.00
10th AXF € 110,000.00
11th VQG € 110,000.00
12th MBC € 100,000.00
13th PMZ € 100,000.00
14th GPZ € 100,000.00
15th KDU € 90,000.00
16th FSB € 90,000.00
17th SRK € 90,000.00
18th NEW € 80,000.00
19th ZUV € 80,000.00
20th CLA € 80,000.00
21st ATL € 70,000.00
22nd FMT € 70,000.00
23rd DZT € 70,000.00
24th SPI € 70,000.00
25th HIB € 60,000.00
26th ICA € 60,000.00
27th MOW € 60,000.00
28th ECC € 60,000.00
29th AOF € 60,000.00
30th RSR € 60,000.00
31st LVS € 50,000.00
32nd YHN € 50,000.00
33rd LDD € 50,000.00
34th SQG € 50,000.00
35th XXR € 50,000.00
36th JZH € 50,000.00
37th RWL € 50,000.00
38th OPK € 40,000.00
39th EZX € 40,000.00
40th GDM € 40,000.00
41st KYQ € 40,000.00
42nd VCT € 40,000.00
43rd STT € 40,000.00
44th QTB € 40,000.00
45th VTJ € 30,000.00
46th CJN € 30,000.00
47th LSC € 30,000.00
48th IZT € 30,000.00

Darwinex amended trading hours (US Independence Day)

29 June 2017

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming US Independence Day holiday on 3 & 4 July 2017 (all times are in UK time).  Instrument 3 July 2017 (Mon) 4 July 2017 (Tue)  FX 22:05 Sun – 22:00 Mon 22:05 Mon – 22:00 Tue   DARWINS 22:05 Sun – 22:00 Mon 22:05 Mon – 22:00 Tue   COMMODITIES […]

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming US Independence Day holiday on 3 & 4 July 2017 (all times are in UK time).

 Instrument 3 July 2017 (Mon) 4 July 2017 (Tue)
 FX 22:05 Sun – 22:00 Mon 22:05 Mon – 22:00 Tue
  DARWINS 22:05 Sun – 22:00 Mon 22:05 Mon – 22:00 Tue
 

COMMODITIES

   
Gold* 23:01 Sun – 21:59 Mon 23:01 Mon – 18:00 Tue
Silver* 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon 23:00 Mon – 18:00 Tue
Platinum* 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon 23:00 Mon – 18:00 Tue
Palladium* 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon 23:00 Mon – 18:00 Tue
US Crude* 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon 23:00 Mon – 17:45 Tue
Natural Gas* 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon 23:00 Mon – 17:45 Tue
 

 INDICES

 
Australia 200 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
 Europe 50 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
France 40 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
Germany 30 07:00m – 21:00 07:00m – 21:00
Spain 35 07:00m – 19:00 07:00m – 19:00
Japan 225* 23:00 Sun – 18:15 Mon 23:00 Mon – 18:00 Tue
 UK 100 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue
 US SPX 500* 23:00 Sun – 18:15 Mon  23:00 Mon – 18:00 Tue
 US Tech 100* 23:00 Sun – 18:15 Mon  23:00 Mon – 18:00 Tue
Wall Street 30* 23:00 Sun – 18:15 Mon  23:00 Mon – 18:00 Tue
*Amended Darwinex trading hours.

 

As always, at info@darwinex.com we’ll be happy to assist you!

High volatility expected due to RBNZ Interest Rate decision today

21 June 2017

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand is releasing its Interest Rate Decision today (21 June 2017) at 21:00 GMT. As you may recall, trading is disabled from 20:59:59 to 21:01:00 GMT due to the low liquidity available on rollover, so please bear in mind that you won’t be able to open / close trades from […]

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand is releasing its Interest Rate Decision today (21 June 2017) at 21:00 GMT.

As you may recall, trading is disabled from 20:59:59 to 21:01:00 GMT due to the low liquidity available on rollover, so please bear in mind that you won’t be able to open / close trades from 20:59:59 to 21:01:00 GMT during this volatile news release.

When setting your SL / TP, kindly note that large gaps are expected when trading resumes at 21:01:00 GMT.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at info@darwinex.com should you need assistance.

Darwinex at Forex Day 2017

19 June 2017

In what is becoming a tradition, this year we again were in attendance at The ForexDay on 9th-10th June in Madrid. As in previous years, the event lasted for two days: on the first day (Friday 9th June), the organisers gave a trading course (for a fee) which ended with an international trading contest. On […]

In what is becoming a tradition, this year we again were in attendance at The ForexDay on 9th-10th June in Madrid.

As in previous years, the event lasted for two days: on the first day (Friday 9th June), the organisers gave a trading course (for a fee) which ended with an international trading contest. On the second day (Saturday 10th June), there were presentations about trading on two stages in the Official College of Architexts in Madrid, Spain (you can see the event programme here).

International trading contest (9th June)

This year, the international trading contest participants were Rob Hoffman, Davide Biocchi and Tarek Elmarhri. As well as being a great trader, Tarek is the Darwinex Ambassador for France, so you can imagine who we were rooting for…and as the good trader that he is there are no prizes for guessing who won 😉

And the winner is… Tarek, of course!You can see an interview with Tarek here (apologies for the poor sound quality).

General Public Event (10th June)

On Saturday, at 9 am, the doors opened for the general public event.  As in previous years, we were surprised by the amount of people queuing at the door to attend the event.  From Darwinex we want to congratulate the organisers for how well everything turned out.

The Trading Conferences soon got underway on the stages, including the conference that we had prepared.

Darwinex Conference (Expo Stage)

At 12.30 am the first Darwinex conference took place: ‘Independent trader experiences – their day-to-day trading’, in the which Mallku, Riddick and Mimago shared their experiences as traders (with their proven track records).

Mallku, Riddick and Mimago on stage

 

As can be seen in the photos, the room was filled to capacity… we actually had to leave the stage without answering all the questions so the next speakers did not run out of time! You can see a video of the conference here (NB: the conference starts at 2:19.40).

At Darwinex, we wish to thank all those in attendance because it was a pleasure to have you all there!

Darwinex Conference (International  Stage)

Following on the success of the conference in the Expo Stage, we then held another Darwinex Conference in the Sala Panorámica. As the in previous conference, the theme was ‘Independent trader experiences – their day-to-day trading’. This time the guest speakers were Integracore2, VPSEnry, ChicksFX and Mallku. Once again the Conference was a success and many of those in the audience approached out stand to ask us about Darwinex, DARWINs, DarwinIA, etc.

You can watch a recording of the conference here.

Also, you can watch interview carried out by ForexDay with some of the participants on their Youtube channel.

Event Highlights

Having come this far, it is fair to say that the event was a success: Tarek won the international trading contest, the conferences offered by our traders filled to capacity both halls (the conferences ended up with standing room only due to such a high attendance!)

Nevertheless, this does not explain why the event was such a big success for us: what really put such a big smile on our faces that day was all the traders and investors that visited us at our stand: as well as Mallku, Riddick, Mimago, Integracore2, VPSEnry and ChicksFX, who were in attendance as guest speakers, we had the enormous please of speaking with Yofxtrader, ElQuantitativo, Chema01, MCFD, Pedroml and GlobalMarkets, amongst many others. We offer you all our most sincere thanks. We attended ForexDay in 2013 as guest and we never could have imagined the amount of great traders (and great people) that would end up becoming part of this traders’ movement a few years later… and the best is yet to come!

SEE YOU NEXT TIME!

PS: According to our friends the best part of the day were the post-event drinks! 

Volatility expected due to UK general election

7 June 2017

Please note that high volatility is expected on GBP, EUR, CHF pairs as well as on UK and European indices on Thursday (8 June 2017) due to the UK general election. Also, liquidity providers are expected to significantly limit their liquidity, which can give rise to abnormal widening of spreads, potential increased amounts of slippage on executed orders and, eventually, […]

Please note that high volatility is expected on GBP, EUR, CHF pairs as well as on UK and European indices on Thursday (8 June 2017) due to the UK general election. Also, liquidity providers are expected to significantly limit their liquidity, which can give rise to abnormal widening of spreads, potential increased amounts of slippage on executed orders and, eventually, gaps in the charts due to the low liquidity available. If you plan to keep open trades on Thursday, please make sure you post margin / equity in your account ahead as volatility is expected to increase, especially around market close at 22:00 (UK time) on Thursday.

We reserve the right to change our margin requirements as we move closer to the election / depending on the outcome. Should we decide to introduce any changes to our trading conditions, we’ll endeavour to contact you via email, MT4 or by changes made to our blog / website ASAP.

D-Leverage & Risk Manager

Further, our Risk Manager will be more restrictive when replicating DARWINS’ trades to protect investors from increased volatility owed to the election.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@darwinex.com for support.