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Execution report section

29 June 2016

Perhaps because currencies are THE oldest asset around, spot foreign exchange trading remained over the counter (OTC) over the years and has yet to move onto regulated exchanges the way other asset classes (think spot equities, futures, interest rates, etc.) have long done.

When it comes to the independent traders, this is bad news. OTC trading is OK as long as between it’s equals (think GS vs. UBS) who trade with (e.g. bet against) each other. 2-sided bets between market makers simultaneously set the prices at which they bet against more vulnerable retail counterparts was bound to enjoy a bad reputation. A party plays the game (takes risk) and is the referee (sets the prices!) for the outcome of the game is further compound by the fact that a dealer knows A LOT more about its customers than its customers know about said dealer:

  1. The trader’s balance (how long can he hold on to a position?)
  2. The traders track-record (is he any good?, what’s his trading pattern?)
  3. Any stop-losses etc.

In short, as a retail trader, trading against a retail market maker is engaging an asymmetric battle on several accounts:

  1. Information (the dealer knows more about the retail trader than the retail trader knows about the dealer)
  2. Experience – the average life of a retail trader is counted in months
  3. Capital – as someone once put it, “the market can stay irrational a lot longer than you can stay solvent” (especially if you trade 500:1 leverage 🙂
  4. Last look / re-quotes: dealers unilaterally reserve the right to reject / re-quote trades on the feed they publish in the first place

Yes, there is regulation to prevent abuse, and it works in respectable jurisdictions: no-one forces traders into ill-advised high leverage trades that blow accounts. But regardless, forex “brokers” (note, most forex “brokers” are actually making markets, and the word that describes that activity is dealing, not brokering!) don’t enjoy presumption of innocence. The moment a trade doesn’t go as planned (e.g. yielding a handsome profit), even DMA brokers like Darwinex regularly receive accusations of execution malpractice – unsurprising given how prone to abuse the system is.

There’s only two recipes to prove our innocence:

  1. Incentives: as a pure broker (click here to learn how to tell a broker from a broker-dealer / market maker) our allegiance is 100% with our trading customers. We have NOTHING to gain from deliberately filling a client’s order other than at the best available market price. Whenever customers get slipped, it’s because we got slipped.
  2. Transparency: from this point onwards, we will provide every Darwinex customer with EVERY detail on EACH order traded.

Where’s my Execution Report?

To access your Execution Quality section, log in at Darwinex.com –> Click Trading Accounts  –> Click the relevant account’s name. You’ll find the new tab at the bottom of your strategy’s report.

Note: this section is only available for Darwinex live account holders. 

What detail?

See below screenshot!

For each trade, the report contains:

  1. Prevailing BID & ASK price at the precise ms timestamp for each trade
  2. Execution speed in milliseconds, tracking the time lapsing since your order reaches our routing engine until we receive fill confirmation from the LP.
  3. Negative / positive slippage (if any) tracking the difference between requested and achieved fill price, both in terms of price and pips.

Note: Data are updated every weekend to avoid excessive requests to our servers during weekdays.

What’s next?

We’re working on several upgrades! Feel free to suggest features / charts / filters you’d like us to develop.

Do you have any question about the new execution section? Feel free to contact us at info@darwinex.com!

Last News

UK100 Closed on August 26th

14 August 2019

Please note that the UK100 index CFD will be closed on Monday August 26th due to UK Summer Bank Holiday. All other assets will trade according to the usual trading hours. 

Please note that the UK100 index CFD will be closed on Monday August 26th due to UK Summer Bank Holiday. All other assets will trade according to the usual trading hours.

DAX Trading Hours Soon to be Extended

9 July 2019

The CFD of the DAX (GDAXI) start trading with an extended schedule as of Monday July 22nd, 2019.

The CFD of the DAX (GDAXI) will soon – probably as of Monday July 22nd – start trading with an extended schedule.

The current schedule is as follows:

  • 07:00 – 21:00 (London) Mon-Thu
  • 07:00 – 20:55 (London) Fri

The extended schedule will be as follows:

  • 01:30 – 21:00 (London) Mon-Thu
  • 01:30 – 20:55 (London) Fri

We’ll update this post with the final implementation date of the extended schedule as soon as possible.

Update on July 18th: the DAX will start trading according to the new schedule on Monday July 22nd.

Note that during the night, GDAXI usually has a wider spread and a lower liquidity than during the day.

Please get in touch at info@darwinex.com for any questions you may have.

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The FCA Makes ESMA’s CFD Restrictions Permanent

4 July 2019

The new measure doesn’t affect us more than the ESMA intervention already did. And it affected us in a positive way, contributing to the improvement of our clients’ performance.

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) made the European Authority’s (ESMA) CFD restrictions permanent this week.

Some reactions to this we saw in user forums implied this was a “ban” of Contracts for Differentes (CFDs). Some even said it was “the end of Darwinex”.

We’d like to clarify that the FCA’s measure makes the restrictions we already applied last year permanent. But nothing else changes. It’s only that this time it’s the national regulator that said this while last year it was the ESMA.

The new measure doesn’t affect us more than the ESMA intervention already did. And it affected us in a positive way, contributing to the improvement of our clients’ performance.

Trading Schedule for the US Independence Day on 3rd and 4th July 2019

27 June 2019

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours (in red) for the upcoming US Independence Day on 3 & 4 July 2019. All times are in UK (BST) time.

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours (in red) for the upcoming US Independence Day on 3 & 4 July 2019. All times are in UK (BST) time.

 

FX Wednesday 3rd July Thursday 4th July
All FX Instruments 22:05 Tue – 22:00 Wed 22:05 Wed – 22:00 Thu
DARWINs 22:05 Tue – 21:59 Wed 22:05 Tue – 21:59 Wed
Commodities
Gold 23:01 Tue – 21:59 Wed *23:01 Wed – 18:00 Thu 
Silver 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed *23:00 Wed – 18:00 Thu 
Platinum 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed *23:00 Wed – 18:00 Thu 
Palladium 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed *23:00 Wed – 18:00 Thu 
US Crude 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed *23:00 Wed – 17:45 Thu 
US Natural Gas 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed *23:00 Wed – 17:45 Thu 
Indices
AUS200 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
STOXX50E 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
FCHI40 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
GDAXI 07:00 – 21:00 07:00 – 21:00
J225 *23:00 Tue – 18:15 Wed *23:00 Wed – 18:00 Thu 
SPA35 07:00 – 19:00 07:00 – 19:00
UK100 23:00 Tue – 22:00 Wed 23:00 Wed – 22:00 Thu
SPX500 *23:00 Tue – 18:15 Wed *23:00 Wed – 18:00 Thu
NDX *23:00 Tue – 18:15 Wed *23:00 Wed – 18:00 Thu 
WS30 *23:00 Tue – 18:15 Wed *23:00 Wed – 18:00 Thu
US stocks 14:31 – 20:59 CLOSED
 
Crypto
All Crypto Instruments 22:05 Tue – 22:00 Wed 22:05 Wed – 22:00 Thu

 

 

The DARWIN Exchange will remain open even if the underlying assets’ market is closed. Should you want to know the standard procedure when you buy/sell a DARWIN whose underlying asset market is closed, we recommend you to read the following Help Center article: What happens if you want to buy/sell a DARWIN which has underlying trades open with different opening/closing times?

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

Australia Public Holiday on 10th June 2019

5 June 2019

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming Bank Holiday in Australia on 10th June 2019 (all times are in UK time).

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming bank holiday in Australia on 10th June 2019. All times are in UK (BST) time.

Indices  Monday 10th June 2019
AUS200 08:10 – 22:00

 

The rest of the assets will trade according to their usual trading time.

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

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Upcoming holiday in New Zealand resulting in the possibility of wider spreads and thinner liquidity

30 May 2019

Please be aware that there is a bank holiday in New Zealand on Monday June 3rd. Therefore, during this time, spreads may be wider and liquidity may be thinner for all NZD-related assets. For any questions, we’re one email away, at info@darwinex.com.

Please be aware that there is a bank holiday in New Zealand on Monday June 3rd.

Therefore, during this time, spreads may be wider and liquidity may be thinner for all NZD-related assets.

For any questions, we’re one email away, at info@darwinex.com.

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 66 % of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.