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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!

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Potential High Volatility upon Market Open on Sunday Oct 20th

15 October 2019

We’d like to inform our traders of the possible extraordinary UK parliamentary sitting on Saturday October 19th, 2019 where a vote may be held on any Brexit deal achieved at the EU Council meeting this week.

We’d like to inform our traders of the possible extraordinary UK parliamentary sitting on Saturday October 19th, 2019 where a vote may be held on any Brexit deal achieved at the EU Council meeting this week.

Due to the uncertainty created by this event, we urge our traders to proceed cautiously as market moves may be large. Particular attention should be paid to the market open on Sunday October 20th, where there is potential for high volatility which may cause market gaps.

To manage their account effectively, traders should review margin rates and that there is sufficient collateral to cover their exposure.

For any questions, reach out to info@darwinex.com and we’ll be happy to help.

End of DST in Europe (October 27th 2019)

Please note that Daylight Saving Time (DST) ends in Europe on Sunday October 27th 2019 but our MT4 nd MT5 servers’ time is not changing until Sunday November 3rd 2019 when DST ends in the US.

Please note that Daylight Saving Time (DST) ends in Europe on Sunday October 27th 2019 but our MT4 nd MT5 servers’ time is not changing until Sunday November 3rd 2019 when DST ends in the US.

This means that there will be 1 week (October 27th through November 2nd) where, for European users, some markets will open 1 hour earlier than during European DST, e.g. FX market will open at 21:01 GMT; commodities will open at 22:01 GMT.

Instrument Trading Hours (GMT)
FX 21:05 Sun – 20:55 Fri (except 21:00 – 21:01 daily) 
DARWINS 21:05 Sun – 20:55 Fri (except 20:59 – 21:05 daily)
COMM.  
Gold 22:01 Sun – 20:55 Fri (except 20:59 – 22:01 daily)
Silver 22:00 Sun – 20:55 Fri (except 21:00 – 22:00 daily)
Platinum 22:00 Sun – 20:55 Fri (except 21:00 – 22:00 daily)
Palladium 22:00 Sun – 20:55 Fri (except 21:00 – 22:00 daily)
US Crude 22:00 Sun – 20:55 Fri (except 21:00 – 22:00 daily)
Natural Gas 22:00 Sun – 20:55 Fri (except 21:00 – 22:00 daily)
INDICES  
Australia 200 22:00 Sun – 20:55 Fri (except 21:00 – 22:00 daily)
Europe 50 22:00 Sun – 20:55 Fri (except 21:00 – 22:00 daily)
France 40 22:00 Sun – 20:55 Fri (except 21:00 – 22:00 daily)
Germany 30 01:30 – 21:00 (Mon – Fri)
Spain 35 07:00 – 19:00 (Mon – Fri)
Japan 225 22:00 Sun – 20:55 Fri (except 21:00 – 22:00 daily)
UK 100 22:00 Sun – 20:55 Fri (except 21:00 – 22:00 daily)
US SPX 500 22:00 Sun – 20:55 Fri (except 21:00 – 22:00 daily)
US Tech 100 22:00 Sun – 20:55 Fri (except 21:00 – 22:00 daily)
Wall Street 30 22:00 Sun – 20:55 Fri (except 21:00 – 22:00 daily)
US STOCKS 13:31 -19:59 (Mon – Fri)
CRYPTO 22:00 Sun – 20:55 Fri (except 21:00 – 22:00 daily)

As always, at info@darwinex.com we’ll be glad to assist you with any question you may have!

Amended Trading Hours U.S. Labor Day 2019

30 August 2019

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming U.S. Labour Day on September 2nd, 2019.

Please note the amended Darwinex trading hours for the upcoming U.S. Labor Day on September 2nd, 2019. All times are in UK (BST) time.

 


 Instrument Trading Hours on September 2nd 2019
 COMMODITIES  
Gold 23:01 Sun – 17:59 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  
Japan 225 23:00 Sun – 18:00 Mon 
 US SPX 500 23:00 Sun – 18:00 Mon
 US Tech 100 23:00 Sun – 18:00 Mon
Wall Street 30 23:00 Sun – 18:00 Mon
US STOCKS
All US stocks CLOSED

 

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!

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.

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 64 % 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.