New Darwinex Trading Hours (effective from 21 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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  1. Carlo Colombo
    Carlo Colombo says:

    Hi, GMT time definition is almost dead.
    If you mean for “GMT” time the UTC time or, in other words, GMT+0 could be better write UTC time.
    GMT could be confused with London time that is subject to local DST.

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