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£101500+UK BrokersFCA
$100300+Forex BrokersCySEC
£1005000+UK BrokersFCA
$20350+UK BrokersFCA
$20080+Australian BrokersASIC
£10010,000+UK BrokersFCA
$500 200+ECN BrokersFCA
$100 1900+Fixed SpreadsCySEC
£10085+ECN BrokersFCA
$100 2000+CFD BrokersFCA
£2001500+UK BrokersFCA
$25045+UK BrokersFCA
$200 70+ECN ForexNZFSPR
$250120+Bitcoin BrokersCySEC
$100250+STP BrokersCySEC

Brokers with ECN Forex Accounts

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$30035+MT4, ZTPHCMC
$10030+MT4CySEC
$50080+MT4FCA
$50045+MT4, MT5CySEC
$20055+MT4, MT5, cTraderASIC
$500120+MT4FCA
$300050+MT4, JForexMFSA
£10050+MT4, cTraderFCA
$25045+MT4FCA
$200 55+MT4NZFSPR
$10055+MT4, MT5FCA

Fixed Spread Forex MT4 Brokers

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$100$1001.8CySEC
$100$1003.0CySEC
$1000$10003.0CySEC
$250$10001.8CySEC
$100$50002.0CySEC
NoneNone2.0FCA

Online Trading Account Updates

Changes to Brokers such as Spreads and Leverage

Ethereum Can Now Be Traded At Plus500

Plus500 is now offering trading in the cryptocurrency Ethereum, along with Bitcoin. Read more about Plus500.

IC Markets Now Offers MT5

Australian ECN broker IC Markets is now providing the MT5 platform. Read more about IC Markets.

IG Reduces Oil Spreads

The minimum spread for Oil is now 2.8 points at IG. Find out more about IG and its spreads.

GKFX Lowers Spreads

UK regulated Forex broker GKFX has lowered some of its fixed spreads, and now offers spreads such as EUR/USD at 0.7. Read more about this: GKFX Review.

IronFX Drops NDB Bonus, Keeps Forex Bonuses

IronFX is discontinuing its $35 no deposit bonus but still offers a 100% and a 20% Forex Bonus, T&Cs apply. Read more about this broker: IronFX Review.

FXTM Reduces Maximum Leverage

FXTM has reduced maximum leverage from 1000:1 to 500:1, T&Cs apply. Find out more about this broker: FXTM Review.

ThinkMarkets: Cash In EAs Offer

ThinkMarkets has replaced its welcome bonus with an offer to traders to cash in their Expert Advisors for a trading credit up to $/£250, T&Cs apply. Read more about this broker: ThinkMarkets Review.

Markets.com Stops Bonus, Keeps $25 Registration Offer

In accordance with CySEC regulations, Markets.com has discontinued its bonuses. Markets.com's $25 pre-deposit offer remains (this offer is not available to clients from Greece). Find out more about Markets.com.

easyMarkets Replaces easy-forex

easy-forex has been rebranded to become easyMarkets. From Friday 16th December 2016, www.easy-forex.com will redirect to www.easyMarkets.com. easyMarkets has also changed its minimum deposit to $100. Find out more about this broker: easyMarkets Review.

IG Has A New Platform

IG is introducing a new trading platform which includes features such as fly-out charts and menus, aimed at creating a more intuitive platform experience for the trader. Read more about IG's new platform and find out what's happening to the classic platform.

IronFX Lowers Its Minimum Deposit

IronFX has lowered the minimum deposit on its Micro account to $100, down from $500. Minimum deposits for its range of other account types stay the same. Find out more about IronFX and its trading conditions.

ThinkForex Rebranded To ThinkMarkets

ThinkForex has become ThinkMarkets. Read more about this broker, its trading platforms and its spreads: ThinkMarkets Review.

FX Brokers London

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£10VariableFCA
£100VariableFCA
$500Fixed or VariableFCA
$20Fixed or VariableFCA
£100VariableFCA
$500Fixed or VariableFCA
£100VariableFCA
£250XFixedFCA
$250VariableFCA
$100VariableFCA
NoneFixedFCA

Volatile Markets and Forex

What may volatility mean for trading ?

Volatility is a feature of markets, part of the regularities which characterise the behaviour of Forex pairs. It can be seen on a recurring basis, for example around news events and towards close of markets on Friday.

However Forex pairs can also become volatile, that is pairs can display volatile responses to events. As volatility can be seen around news events, it can also be seen on what might be termed larger scale news events, such as the Brexit vote. The focus of these events, the currency which is tied into the locus of the events, may display a greater tendency to volatile reactions, but it can also be seen in other pairs, perhaps to a lesser extent, depending on the currency or the nature of the event.

So what might volatility be characterised as ? It can be seen as irregular and large responses, because of some larger context within which the pair is enmeshed, for example market close, or a market responding to a revaluation, or a new landscape. These kinds of responses make volatility hard or unwise to trade. Even if a stop-loss is used, sharp movements back and forth can wreak havok with one. So the usual protections can become problematic.

However if a market has become prone to volatility, then a stop-loss might still potentially provide protection, if the volatility is seen within a more usual set of market responses, such as trends and ranges, or is characterised by sudden directional movements, rather than oscillations (which can be typical of recurring news events).

On a more speculative level it might be said that volatility can in some cases be an end or a beginning, that is volatility can be seen on charts around market turns or changes in the way a pair is moving, whether on short term or longer term charting.

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