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Losses can exceed deposits
ETX Capital offers EUR/USD spreads from 0.6:
Titan FX provides ECN trading on MT4:
Z.com Trade offers fixed spreads on FX majors:
Pepperstone provides ECN trading with fast execution:
City Index offers MT4, the Advantage Web Trader and AT Pro:
Trading CFDs involves significant risk of loss
FXPro provides MT4, MT5 and cTrader:
Your capital is at risk
Plus500 now offers a relatively wide range of cryptocurrency CFDs:
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XM provides STP accounts and an ECN account along with MT4 and MT5, read more
City Index offers over 12,000 markets and 3 trading platforms, read more
Core Spreads provides low fixed and variable spreads, read more
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Spread Co is a UK broker providing fixed spreads, read more
NSFX offers ECN trading on the JForex and MT4 platforms, read more
IC Markets provides cTrader and MT5 and is based in Australia, read more
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Online Trading Account Updates

Cryptocurrency CFD Watch

Bitcoin Cash Can Now Be Traded At Plus500

Plus500 is now offering CFD trading in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin Cash, a new hard fork of Bitcoin, along with Bitcoin, Ethereum and other Cryptocurrencies, including Litecoin and Ripple. Read more about Plus500.

IC Markets Now Offers Bitcoin CFDs

Australian ECN broker IC Markets has added Bitcoin to its offering of CFDs. Find out more about IC Markets.

eToro Introduces Its Crypto CopyFund

eToro now has a Cryptocurrency CopyFund available, as well as a range of cyrptocurrencies to trade, including Ethereum Classic and Ripple. Read more about eToro.

Markets.com Has Weekend Trading Of Cryptocurrencies

Markets.com is now offering weekend trading of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Dash. Find out more about Markets.com.

TRADE.com Now Provides Cryptocurrencies

TRADE.com offers Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Dash. Discover more about TRADE.com.

More Updates To Brokers

Z.com Trade Now Has ECN Accounts

UK broker Z.com Trade has changed - it now offers a Classic account with fixed spread FX majors and also ECN accounts, with spreads from 0.0 plus a commission charge. Find out more about Z.com Trade.

IC Markets Now Offers MT5

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

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 redirects to www.easyMarkets.com. easyMarkets has also changed its minimum deposit to $100. Find out more about this broker: easyMarkets Review.

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.

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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.

Low Forex Spreads

Do low Forex spread matter ?

Spreads have got lower at brokers. Fixed spreads below 1 for EUR/USD are available. Variable spreads have got tighter, with lows around 0.5. ECN brokers and even some non-ECN brokers can provide very low spreads with a commission charge: EUR/USD spreads which reach 0 are typical. So does this matter ?

For long term positions in a potentially more directional market, it may not be that important. Forex is a market which moves in complex ways. It makes it hard to analyse and find a direction. So trading styles can come down to this - analysing, but assuming the analysis may be incorrect and taking a position, where smaller increments may be possible, before the trade turns against the taken direction.

This kind of trading can be based on liquidity events, for example, where a direction is forced, which the market may take up, or may dissipate sometimes rapidly. In this kind of trading, spreads can matter, because the width of a spread may make a difference. This is not scalping, this is trading not based on time frames but on the ways the Forex markets actually moves: it could be a shorter term trade, or a longer term trade as the market builds on or around the event, with a trend for example.

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