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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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New ESMA rules are around the corner and we want you to be prepared.

Between July 24th and 25th, we’ll start modifying leverage conditions of assets on demo trading accounts. This way, as of July 26th, you’ll be able to check out how new ESMA conditions affect your demo accounts and be prepared for the leverage transition on real accounts.

Note that this only affects demo trading accounts. Transition to ESMA leverage restrictions on real trading accounts will follow the announced roadmap.

Darwinex Amended Trading Hours (US Independence Day)

27 June 2018

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming US Independence Day holiday on 3 & 4 July 2018 (all times are in UK time).  Instrument 3 July 2018 (Tue) 4 July 2018 (Wed)  FX 22:05 Mon – 22:00 Tue 22:05 Tue – 22:00 Wed   DARWINS 22:05 Mon – 22:00 Tue 22:05 Tue – 22:00 Wed […]

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming US Independence Day holiday on 3 & 4 July 2018 (all times are in UK time).

 Instrument 3 July 2018 (Tue) 4 July 2018 (Wed)
 FX 22:05 Mon – 22:00 Tue 22:05 Tue – 22:00 Wed
  DARWINS 22:05 Mon – 22:00 Tue 22:05 Tue – 22:00 Wed
 COMMODITIES    
Gold* 23:01 Mon – 21:59 Tue 23:01 Tue – 18:00 Wed
Silver* 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue 23:00 Tue – 18:00 Wed
Platinum* 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue 23:00 Tue – 18:00 Wed
Palladium* 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue 23:00 Tue – 18:00 Wed
US Crude* 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue 23:00 Tue – 17:45 Wed
Natural Gas* 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue 23:00 Tue – 17:45 Wed
 INDICES    
Australia 200 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed
 Europe 50 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed
France 40 23:00 Mon – 22:00 Tue 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed
Germany 30 07:00 – 21:00 07:00 – 21:00
Spain 35 07:00 – 19:00 07:00 – 19:00
Japan 225* 23:00 Mon – 18:15  Tue 23:00 Tue – 18:00 Wed
 UK 100 23:00 Mon – 22:00  Tue 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed
 US SPX 500* 23:00 Mon – 18:15 Tue 23:00 Tue – 18:00 Wed
 US Tech 100* 23:00 Mon – 18:15 Tue 23:00 Tue – 18:00 Wed
Wall Street 30* 23:00 Mon – 18:15 Tue 23:00 Tue – 18:00 Wed
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All Crypto Instruments  22:05 Mon – 22:00 Tue 22:05 Tue – 22:00 Wed
*Amended Darwinex trading hours.

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

Turkey General Elections on June 24th, 2018

21 June 2018

On Sunday June 24th, 2018, the first  round of general elections will be held in Turkey. If you plan to stay in the market during the weekend in pairs related to the Turkish lira (USDTRY, EURTRY y GPBTRY), please make sure you post margin / equity in your account as volatility is expected to increase […]

On Sunday June 24th, 2018, the first  round of general elections will be held in Turkey.

If you plan to stay in the market during the weekend in pairs related to the Turkish lira (USDTRY, EURTRY y GPBTRY), please make sure you post margin / equity in your account as volatility is expected to increase heading into the elections and upon Sunday’s market open. Although we are not planning to introduce changes to our margin requirements, please be informed that Darwinex reserves the right to change margin requirements as we move closer to the elections and depending on the outcome.

Should we decide to introduce any changes to our trading conditions, we’ll  contact you via email, blog post and social media as soon as possible.

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

Darwinex Trading Hours for ucomping Bank Holiday in Australia (11 June 2018)

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Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming Bank Holiday in Australia on 11 June 2018 (all times are in UK time).  Instrument Trading Hours  FX 22:05 Sun – 22:00 Mon   DARWINS 22:05 Sun – 22:00 Mon  COMMODITIES   Gold 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon Silver 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon Platinum 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon Palladium 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon US Crude 23:00 […]

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming Bank Holiday in Australia on 11 June 2018 (all times are in UK time).

 Instrument Trading Hours
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  DARWINS 22:05 Sun – 22:00 Mon
 COMMODITIES  
Gold 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon
Silver 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon
Platinum 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon
Palladium 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon
US Crude 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon
Natural Gas 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon
 INDICES  
Australia 200* 08:10 – 22:00
 Europe 50 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon
France 40 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon
Germany 30 07:00 – 21:00
Spain 35 08:00 – 19:00
Japan 225 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon
 UK 100 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon
 US SPX 500 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon
 US Tech 100 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon
Wall Street 30 23:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon
*Amended Darwinex trading hours.

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

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Please be informed that starting on Thursday, 7 June 2018, Fx and XAUUSD swaps will be charged in triple size on Thursdays (instead of Fridays). Below you can find a brief summary of the different swaps charges for different assets.  Instrument Swaps   FX Daily at 17:00 NY City time (in triple size on Thursdays)   […]

Please be informed that starting on Thursday, 7 June 2018, Fx and XAUUSD swaps will be charged in triple size on Thursdays (instead of Fridays).

Below you can find a brief summary of the different swaps charges for different assets.

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*Since Thursday, 7 June 2018.

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

Amended Trading Hours due to US Memorial Day & UK Spring Bank Holiday (28 May 2018)

22 May 2018

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming US Memorial Day & UK Spring Bank Holiday on 28 May 2018 (all times are in UK time). Important: as explained in our Help Section, if you open / close an investment in a DARWIN that has an open trade in an asset which market […]

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming US Memorial Day & UK Spring Bank Holiday on 28 May 2018 (all times are in UK time).

Important: as explained in our Help Section, if you open / close an investment in a DARWIN that has an open trade in an asset which market is closed (see amended trading hours in red below), the transaction will not be carried out immediately,  the investment will show up in your investor platform once it has been executed by our system when the index/commodity resumes trading on Monday night.

 Instrument Trading Hours
 FX  22:00 Sun – 22:00 Mon
  DARWINS  22.05 Sun – 22.00 Mon
 COMMODITIES
Gold* 23:00 Sun – 18:00 Mon
Silver* 23:00 Sun – 18:00 Mon
Platinum* 23:00 Sun – 18:00 Mon
Palladium* 23:00 Sun – 18:00 Mon
US Crude* 23:00 Sun – 17:45 Mon
Natural Gas* 23:00 Sun – 17:45 Mon
 INDICES
Australia 200 22:05 Sun – 22:00 Mon
 Europe 50 22:05 Sun – 22:00 Mon
France 40 22:05 Sun – 22:00 Mon
Germany 30 07:00 – 21:00
Spain 35 07:00 – 19:00
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 UK 100* Closed
 US SPX 500* 22:05 Sun – 18:00 Mon
 US Tech 100* 22:05 Sun – 18:00 Mon
Wall Street 30* 22:05 Sun – 18:00 Mon
*Amended Darwinex trading hours.

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