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Since their support bot can't help, and I can't speak to a real person, can someone help determine my current leverage on Forex.com?

Unlike Oanda, I was not asked or am able to intuitively see what my current leverage is.
Can anyone who uses Forex.com help guide a bit?
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Question about differents between brokers

Hey everyone,
I just started to practice with forex trading. I started on osprey but after some research i found out that it's not a official broker. So i made a demo account on oanda.... After some trading i found out that i make less money on oanda. Cause when i trade with a 100 leverage on osprey and i trade with 0.6 lot size it's worth about 400$ and on oanda i trade with 0.12 also 400$. So per pip i make significant less money.
The question is if someone can give me a good explinasion for this. Are there any official brokers that give a bigger return than oanda ?

Thanks in advanced.
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Not a forex trader, but want to make a medium term directional bet for hedging purposes.

I am not really a forex trader, but I want to make a leveraged directional bet on AUD/USD pair.
The time frame of the trade is going to be somewhere between 3-9 months of holding time.
Which tool would be best to do so?
  1. CFDs, ig, etoro, etc...
  2. Options, exchanged traded
  3. Futures, exchanged traded
  4. Leveraged spot via broker, i.e. Oanda, etc...
Which tool should I investigate? and what is the advantages of each of them vs other, any other tools I am missing.
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College forex trader - would appreciate some help!

So a few months ago, someone I had met in the first few weeks of my first semester at college, had been posting pictures of his MT4 account with his profits, and I was pretty intrigued. I asked him what it was, and he said it was the Forex market, so I wanted to learn more and asked to meet up with him. When we met he was explaining it a little more and told me that he was in this networking trade group called IMarketsLive and went on to offer for me to sign up, upon which I said I wanna do a little research before I sign up for anything. And so I did, and saw a lot of different opinions about IML and the things they do, and I wasn't really attracted to the networking aspect and also did not want to start paying $275 a month just to be in the group. It seemed to me like it was kind of a pyramid scheme, so I turned down the offer but decided to try to learn about the Forex market for free on my own.
I started doing more research about it in my free time, and eventually I discovered the BabyPips website where you can go through around a 330 lesson course, which goes through a lot of the basics and foundations of Forex trading. I made it through that in about a month and a half or so, and then opened up a demo account with IG. I watch a lot of youtube so more and more videos about forex started popping up in my recommended and have definitely helped along the road.
One thing I saw is not to have a demo account for too long, so after around a month of having the demo and getting a little profit, I opened a live account with $300 on Oanda. I use their online trading platform and it's alright, there are some things I liked better with IG but that's besides the point.
I've been trading with lots of 500 units or less so I'm only down about $6, but I feel like I'm kind of stuck. After all the stuff I've read and watched so far, I've come to understand that there are some key things every trader needs to do. From what I've seen, it's
Among a few other things I might be forgetting, I understand these are crucial points to follow to become a successful trader. The only thing is I feel like I've flooded myself with so much information and I really don't know where to go from here. I don't have a trading plan mainly because the best thing I've heard to do is make one that fits my trading style, but simply put I don't know what my trading style is and don't know how to actually construct a usable plan.
I know many people join the market because of the dream of turning $25 into a million dollars, however I don't have that mindset. Also I know I should focus first on preserving my capital and being consistent rather than focus on getting a lot of money, I just don't know how to do this. I am ready to put more effort into the market, I just don't know where to put it.
Another thing to note is that for when I am ready and have developed a proper strategy and everything, I have sufficient capital (around $3k) to actually start making some serious profit. (for a 19 y/o!)
Anyways, if you would like to give any advice, tips, things to avoid, stories, anything - that would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks for reading👍
EDIT: This is my first time using reddit so I can't reply to anything because I don't have enough karma whatever that means. But thanks for your responses, they will definitely help me to start building my own strategy.
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Things to look out for??

Hey guys just started learning about forex and started a demo account. I know most people recommend being in demo for a long time but im wondering if it would be okay to start a live account just trading very small, say, starting small at $$100-200, low leverage, trading very small just trying to get small profits ($10-20?) growing that account bit by bit. im in AU thinking of going with OANDA. anything to look out for? are fees a big deal? seems like theyre only cents to about 2 dollars based on my demo experience below
https://imgur.com/a/u1lwxE2
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Which option to best bet against the dollar?

Which option would be best to take a directional position on AUD/USD?
  1. CME currency option
  2. leverage spot trade on a forex broker like Oanda
  3. leveraged CFD broker like IG/Etoro
  4. Currency Futures
Any advice?
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A broker with everything

I’m looking for a broker that allows to trade anything - stocks, options, futures ... and Forex - all in one account.
I mean Forex with leverage, not simply exchanging currencies between accounts.
I’m currently using Lynx (IB), it has everything except Forex. Oanda on the other hand has Forex but nothing else.
Ideally in the Eurozone.
Any suggestions?
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Trading Gold on Forex.com

Just recently opened an account with Forex.com. Is it just me or is gold not allowed to be traded with leverage through this broker. Could really use some tips if anyone has any ideas as to why? I assume the regulation forbids it, but I haven’t heard of any problems in doing so with trading with Oanda...
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Need some legitimate risk management advice

Brand new to forex, after messing around with stocks and ETFs for a year on robinhood.
In trying to learn about this strange new world, seemingly every article warns me that trading forex is the fastest route to poverty, that I'll lose every dime I have and that I'm better off buying lottery tickets, UNLESS I have a risk management plan.
That's all good and well, but it seems hard to find suggestions on how to actually manage my risk. So far what I have found is either unconvincing, or I just flat don't understand what is being explained. So I've landed here.
Reading the Forex FAQ, in this sub, the advice is to use a very small amount of capital when starting off, and practice live trading from there. If then recommends a formula to use in order to calculate risk, which seems like quite a bit of running calculations for every single trade that I make. Is it really the case that every Forex Trader that manages risk runs a series of calculations for each and every trade in order to figure out pip value and leverage amount, such matter and what have you?
Second problem, before even getting to the risk management section of this Subs FAQ, I'm told to read The Beginner's Guide on baby Pips. Babypips says that when you first start off trading you should not start small because then you will never be able to weather times of drawdown. They recommend something like an initial deposit of $20,000 or 50,000, and saying that if you don't have that much then build up your savings and come back the Forex when you have that to drop into the market. Are you kidding me?
My original plan before reading either of those guides was to deposit $300 and use something like a 10 to 1 or 20 to 1 Leverage.
The part that I'm hung up on which really baffles me and I need some help understanding is everywhere seems to say that I should only risk one or 2% of my account. I don't really understand what that means.
My trading app, OandA allows me to set default trade settings. One of them is trade size, which I can select an option "%Lev NAV" In all of my general Trading I have kept this number at 100, assuming that it is simply using 100% of my account for each trade.
I am also using a system in order to Define very specific entry points with a one-to-one risk reward ratio, setting a stop loss and take profit Target, usually between 9 and 60 Pips in size, depending on the instrument. Thus far, each trade that I have won usually amounts to a 3 to 8% change in the demo account value, which seems comprable to what I was experiencing with stocks and ETFs back on Robinhood. For the last 4 trades I've made, I'm up 15%.
Do I need to adjust this % Lev NAV down to 1% instead of 100? Or do I really need to download a pip value calculator app and make a determination after solving some arithmetic? I just can't seem to figure this out, and different sources use the same words interchangeably yet differently. When risking 1% of my account, does that include leverage, or not, in the trade? And if the most anyone recommends to risk in a trade is 1-2% then why use leverage at all? Won't the returns on 1% be so small as to be negligible? I don't seem to understand how it could possibly be Worth while to spend all that time trading... 1℅ of $300 is three bucks. As I understand it, that would allow me to buy 2 units of the EUUSD... there's no way that could be right, right?
Thanks for your patience and for reading this whole, chapter-length, question of a post.
I look forward to some clarity. I don't know how to switch to live trading, and the demo account does nothing to simulate leverage.
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Beginner Information

Recommended STOCK brokers (get a free stock if you open a robinhood account): Robinhood http://join.robinhood.com/paolac2 tdameritradehttps://www.tdameritrade.com/home.page Recommended FOREX brokers, DO NOT use any brokerage offering 500:1 leverage! Oanda https://www.oanda.com/us-en/ fxcm https://www.fxcm.com/uk/(edited)📷12You do not have permission to send messages in this channel.
Recommended Platforms TradingView.com: https://www.tradingview.com/gopro/?share_your_love=Tradertoks Ninjatrader: https://ninjatrader.com/ MetaTrader4: https://www.metatrader4.com/en
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[Not my post] The Structure of Forex Brokers

Originally posted by Darkstar at Forex Factory.
Disclaimer: I did not write this. I found this post on ForexFactory written by a user called DarkStar, which I believe a lot of redditors will benefit from reading.
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There has been much discussion of late regarding borker spreads and liquidity. Many assumptions are being made about why spreads are widened during news time that are built on an incomplete knowledge of the architecture of the forex market in general. The purpose of this article is to dissect the market and hopefully shed some light on the situation so that a more rational and productive discussion can be undertaken by the Forex Factory members.
We will begin with an explanation of the purpose of the Forex market and how it is utilized by its primary participants, expand into the structure and operation of the market, and conclude with the implications of this information for speculators. With that having been said, let us begin.
Unlike the various bond and equity markets, the Forex market is not generally utilized as an investment medium. While speculation has a critical role in its proper function, the lion’s share of Forex transactions are done as a function of international business.
The guy who buys a shiny new Eclipse more then likely will pay for it with US Dollars. Unfortunately Mitsubishi’s factory workers in Japan need to get their paychecks denominated in Yen, so at some point a conversion needs to be made. When one considers that companies like Exxon, Boeing, Sony, Dell, Honda, and thousands of other international businesses move nearly every dollar, real, yen, rubble, pound, and euro they make in a foreign country through the Forex market, it isn’t hard to understand how insignificant the speculative presence is; even in a $2tril per day market.
By and large, businesses don’t much care about the intricacies of exchange rates, they just want to make and sell their products. As a central repository of a company’s money, it was only natural that the banks would be the facilitators of these transactions. In the old days it was easy enough for a bank to call a foreign bank (or a foreign branch of ones own bank) and swap the stockpiles of currency each had accumulated from their many customers.
Just as any business would, the banks bought the foreign currency at one rate and marked it up before selling it to the customer. With that the foreign exchange spread was born. This was (and still is) a reasonable cost of doing business. Mitsubishi can pay its customers and the banks make a nice little profit for the hassle and risks associated with moving around the currency.
As a byproduct of transacting all this business, bank traders developed the ability to speculate on the future of currency rates. Utilizing a better understanding of the market, a bank could quote a business a spread on the current rate but hold off hedging until a better one came along. This process allowed the banks to expand their net income dramatically. The unfortunate consequence was that liquidity was redistributed in a way that made certain transactions impossible to complete.
It was for this reason and this reason alone that the market was eventually opened up to non-bank participants. The banks wanted more orders in the market so that a) they could profit from the less experienced participants, and b) the less experienced participants could provide a better liquidity distribution for execution of international business hedge orders. Initially only megacap hedge funds (such as Soros’s and others) were permitted, but it has since grown to include the retail brokerages and ECNs.

Market Structure:
Now that we have established why the market exists, let’s take a look at how the transactions are facilitated:
The top tier of the Forex market is transacted on what is collectively known as the Interbank. Contrary to popular belief the Interbank is not an exchange; it is a collection of communication agreements between the world’s largest money center banks.
To understand the structure of the Interbank market, it may be easier to grasp by way of analogy. Consider that in an office (or maybe even someone’s home) there are multiple computers connected via a network cable. Each computer operates independently of the others until it needs a resource that another computer possesses. At that point it will contact the other computer and request access to the necessary resource. If the computer is working properly and its owner has given the requestor authorization to do so, the resource can be accessed and the initiating computers request can be fulfilled. By substituting computers for banks and resources for currency, you can easily grasp the relationships that exist on the Interbank.
Anyone who has ever tried to find resources on a computer network without a server can appreciate how difficult it can be to keep track of who has what resources. The same issue exists on the Interbank market with regard to prices and currency inventory. A bank in Singapore may only rarely transact business with a company that needs to exchange some Brazilian Real and it can be very difficult to establish what a proper exchange rate should be. It is for this purpose that EBS and Reuters (hereafter EBS) established their services.
Layered on top (in a manner of speaking) of the Interbank communication links, the EBS service enables banks to see how much and at what prices all the Interbank members are willing to transact. Pains should be taken to express that EBS is not a market or a market maker; it is an application used to see bids and offers from the various banks.
The second tier of the market exists essential within each bank. By calling your local Bank of America branch you can exchange any foreign currency you would like. More then likely they will just move some excess currency from one branch to another. Since this is a micro-exchange with a single counterparty, you are basically at their mercy as to what exchange rate they will quote you. Your choice is to accept their offer or shop a different bank. Everyone who trades the forex market should visit their bank at least once to get a few quotes. It would be very enlightening to see how lucrative these transactions really are.
Branching off of this second tier is the third tier retail market. When brokers like Oanda, Forex.com, FXCM, etc. desire to establish a retail operation the first thing they need is a liquidity provider. Nine in ten of these brokers will sign an agreement with just one bank. This bank will agree to provide liquidity if and only if they can hedge it on EBS inclusive of their desired spread. Because the volume will be significantly higher a single bank patron will transact, the spreads will be much more competitive. By no means should it be expected these tier 3 providers will be quoted precisely what exists on the Interbank. Remember the bank is in the business of collecting spreads and no agreement is going to suspend that priority.
Retail forex is almost akin to running a casino. The majority of its participants have zero understanding how to trade effectively and as a result are consistent losers. The spread system combined with a standard probability distribution of returns gives the broker a built in house advantage of a few percentage points. As a result, they have all built internal order matching systems that play one loser off against a winner and collect the spread. On the occasions when disequilibrium exists within the internal order book, the broker hedges any exposure with their tier 2 liquidity provider.
As bad as this may sound, there are some significant advantages for speculators that deal with them. Because it is an internal order book, many features can be provided which are otherwise unavailable through other means. Non-standard contract sizes, high leverage on tiny account balances, and the ability to transact in a commission free environment are just a few of them…
An ECN operates similar to a Tier 2 bank, but still exists on the third tier. An ECN will generally establish agreements with several tier 2 banks for liquidity. However instead of matching orders internally, it will just pass through the quotes from the banks, as is, to be traded on. It’s sort of an EBS for little guys. There are many advantages to the model, but it is still not the Interbank. The banks are going to make their spread or their not go to waste their time. Depending on the bank this will take the form of price shading or widened spreads depending on market conditions. The ECN, for its trouble, collects a commission on each transaction.
Aside from the commission factor, there are some other disadvantages a speculator should consider before making the leap to an ECN. Most offer much lower leverage and only allow full lot transactions. During certain market conditions, the banks may also pull their liquidity leaving traders without an opportunity to enter or exit positions at their desired price.

Trade Mechanics:
It is convenient to believe that in a $2tril per day market there is always enough liquidity to do what needs to be done. Unfortunately belief does not negate the reality that for every buyer there MUST be a seller or no transaction can occur. When an order is too large to transact at the current price, the price moves to the point where open interest is abundant enough to cover it. Every time you see price move a single pip, it means that an order was executed that consumed (or otherwise removed) the open interest at the current price. There is no other way that prices can move.
As we covered earlier, each bank lists on EBS how much and at what price they are willing to transact a currency. It is important to note that no Interbank participant is under any obligation to make a transaction if they do not feel it is in their best interest. There are no “market makers” on the Interbank; only speculators and hedgers.
Looking at an ECN platform or Level II data on the stock market, one can get a feel for what the orders on EBS look like. The following is a sample representation:
You’ll notice that there is open interest (Level II Vol figures) of various sizes at different price points. Each one of those units represents existing limit orders and in this example, each unit is $1mil in currency.
Using this information, if a market sell order was placed for 38.4mil, the spread would instantly widen from 2.5 pips to 4.5 pips because there would no longer be any orders between 1.56300 and 1.56345. No broker, market maker, bank, or thief in the night widened the spread; it was the natural byproduct of the order that was placed. If no additional orders entered the market, the spread would remain this large forever. Fortunately, someone somewhere will deem a price point between those 2 figures an appropriate opportunity to do something and place an order. That order will either consume more interest or add to it, depending whether it is a market or limit order respectively.
What would have happened if someone placed a market sell order for 2mil just 1 millisecond after that 38.4 mil order hit? They would have been filled at 1.5630 Why were they “slipped”? Because there was no one to take the other side of the transaction at 1.56320 any longer. Again, nobody was out screwing the trader; it was the natural byproduct of the order flow.
A more interesting question is, what would happen if all the listed orders where suddenly canceled? The spread would widen to a point at which there were existing bids and offers. That may be 5,7,9, or even 100 pips; it is going to widen to whatever the difference between a bid and an offer are. Notice that nobody came in and “set” the spread, they just refused to transact at anything between it.
Nothing can be done to force orders into existence that don’t exist. Regardless what market is being examined or what broker is facilitating transactions, it is impossible to avoid spreads and slippage. They are a fact of life in the realm of trading.

Implications for speculators:
Trading has been characterized as a zero sum game, and rightly so. If trader A sells a security to trader B and the price goes up, trader A lost money that they otherwise could have made. If it goes down, Trader A made money from trader B’s mistake. Even in a huge market like the Forex, each transaction must have a buyer and a seller to make a trade and one of them is going to lose. In the general realm of trading, this is materially irrelevant to each participant. But there are certain situations where it becomes of significant importance. One of those situations is a news event.
Much has been made of late about how it is immoral, illegal, or downright evil for a broker, bank, or other liquidity provider to withdraw their order (increasing the spread) and slip orders (as though it was a conscious decision on their part to do so) more then normal during these events. These things occur for very specific reasons which have nothing to do with screwing anyone. Let us examine why:
Leading up to an economic report for example, certain traders will enter into positions expecting the news to go a certain way. As the event becomes immanent, the banks on the Interbank will remove their speculative orders for fear of taking unnecessary losses. Technical traders will pull their orders as well since it is common practice for them to avoid the news. Hedge funds and other macro traders are either already positioned or waiting until after the news hits to make decisions dependent on the result.
Knowing what we now know, where is the liquidity necessary to maintain a tight spread coming from?
Moving down the food chain to Tier 2; a bank will only provide liquidity to an ECN or retail broker if they can instantly hedge (plus their requisite spread) the positions on Interbank. If the Interbank spreads are widening due to lower liquidity, the bank is going to have to widen the spreads on the downstream players as well.
At tier 3 the ECN’s are simply passing the banks offers on, so spreads widen up to their customers. The retailers that guarantee spreads of 2 to 5 pips have just opened a gaping hole in their risk profile since they can no longer hedge their net exposure (ever wonder why they always seem to shut down or requote until its over?). The variable spread retailers in turn open up their spreads to match what is happening at the bank or they run into the same problems fixed spreads broker are dealing with.
Now think about this situation for a second. What is going to happen when a number misses expectations? How many traders going into the event with positions chose wrong and need to get out ASAP? How many hedge funds are going to instantly drop their macro orders? How many retail traders’ straddle orders just executed? How many of them were waiting to hear a miss and executed market orders?
With the technical traders on the sidelines, who is going to be stupid enough to take the other side of all these orders?
The answer is no one. Between 1 and 5 seconds after the news hits it is a purely a 1 way market. That big long pin bar that occurs is a grand total of 2 prices; the one before the news hit and the one after. The 10, 20, or 30 pips between them is called a gap.
Is it any wonder that slippage is in evidence at this time?

Conclusions:
Each tier of the Forex market has its own inherent advantages and disadvantages. Depending on your priorities you have to make a choice between what restrictions you can live with and those you cant. Unfortunately, you can’t always get what you want.
By focusing on slippage and spreads, which are the natural byproduct of order flow, one is not only pursuing a futile ideal, they are passing up an enormous opportunity to capitalize on true inefficiencies. News events are one of the few times where a large number of players are positioned inappropriately and it is fairly easy to profit from their foolishness. If a trader truly wants to make the leap to the next level of profitability they should be spending their time figuring out how identify these positions and trading with the goal of capturing the price movement they inevitably will cause.
Nobody is going to make the argument that a broker is a trader’s best friend, but they still provide a valuable service and should be compensated for their efforts. By accepting a broker for what it is and learning how to work within the limitations of the relationship, traders have access to a world of opportunity that they otherwise could never dream of capturing. Let us all remember that simple truth.
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Crypto Trader Turned Forex, Need Help I have 100k

Hello im a crypto trader, ive made many trades from october to now, from 400$ to 4.2 million, i now want to start trading the forex with 100k
My method of trading involves using 50:1 margin with all 100k on leverage, (ive tried this on the demo) this how i did in crypto, i was extremely successful with demo accounts
My question is will i able to duplicate the same results using platforms like OANDA or should I look somewhere since i need my orders to be filled semi instantly and i usually sell at 10k profits usually so 3-10 pips,( is this feasible with my margin on a platform?)
Ive tried searching online but most people dont seem to follow this strat
EDIT: i dont really reddit much and just made this account when i was young and a troll so i dont know if im doing this reddit thing right i receive a ton of usefull information and help and even some job offers, some people actually recognize who i was from the crypto community , im going to continue my research and probably enter the forex market; the latest in june, so expect an update from me mid/late summer
Thank you all for the help and information you provided! i hope it helps others who had a hard time finding stuff like this online like me!
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Backtrader + IB

I have spent over a week learning and implementing Backtrader to backtest and then trade forex with IB. At least once during that process I read IB's leverage/margin policy and concluded I can trade major forex currencies with leverage of 20-50:1.
Today I discovered they don't allow leverage for forex with U.S. clients. I am really upset.
I see backtrader supports Oanda but their spreads are lousy and my algorithm will involve lots of short trades -- I need tight spreads.
Any suggestions? Do I need to go offshore?
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United States forex with better than 50:1 leverage

Does anyone know of a good forex broker that offers better than 50:1 leverage? Right now I'm using Oanda but 50:1 isn't that good.
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Help for forex on oanda

Hi im new to forex and will be using oanda to do my forex things. So as of now I am getting familiarwith the service by using the demo mode. But i have a few question.1-How do insert a line on my chart just for visual purposes for me.
2-how does leverage work on this website, am i force to use it as it is 50:1 and the lowest option I see is 10:1.
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Currency exposure offsetting for margin positions

Hi All,
I unfortunately have zero experience in the forex markets, and I am unsure if something like this has already been asked and answered a dozen times, but I have a question I am hoping you can help me with.
I would like to know if there are forex brokers out there that provide margin based on net currency exposure and not just currency pair position exposure. For example, say I have the following positions:

Pair Price Position (+ for long; - for short)
EURUSD $1.1552 +€100,000
GBPUSD $1.2914 -£89453.3
EURGBP £0.8937 -€100,0093

I apologize if I screwed up the quoting conventions, but the idea is that I have entered into three leveraged positions with effectively net zero exposure to any of these currencies. If these positions could be settled as is, I would be left with close to a zero net change in my brokerage account. I am wondering if there are forex brokers that will give a trader back some margin to be used to open other positions when existing positions like these are open. I understand that there is still some risk that one of these pairs can become dislocated from the market, but I would assume that to be swiftly corrected by arbitrageurs. If this is a stupid question because many brokers do this (I only briefly looked at OANDA's margin requirements), please point out to me a link or document that goes over the mechanics of this. If no brokers do this, I am curious to know why you think they don't.
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Reasonable leverage for beginners

I'm just starting to learn about forex and have created a demo account at oanda, where there's an option to select my leverage level. I think that I shouldn't go for 50:1 because I want to trade as close to what I'd do in a real account. The lowest I can go is 10:1. Is this recommended instead?
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NON US TRADERS - WE NEED YOUR HELP

Hi everyone!
I was updating the wiki and discovered that we never put any names of foreign brokers into it. This is likely because the majority of the mods are US based. Reddit is international, so we need your help, those of you who are based anywhere that is not the United States: Tell us about your broker.
We need: * Name of Broker * Home page html link * Is the core language something other than English? Do they not have English interface? This is fine, let us know. * Assessment of spreads (tight, wide, unfair, fair, variable, unknown, etc.) * Assessment of Customer service * Minimum Deposit required (It does not matter which currency, just tell us which one with the appropriate symbol) * Country of residence (the Broker's) * Max leverage on Majors, Crosses, and Exotics * Any restrictions we in the US may not be aware of (do any of you poor bastards have strangling regulations like we do in 'Murica??!) * Any relevant information that may influence a new trader's decision, such as finances, deserved reputations, treatment of customers, etc.. In the US, the best example is FXCM having almost gone bankrupt and needing a bailout from Leucadia LLC. Overseas, I am looking for info such as Saxobank being a basket of cunts to overdrawn clients about the CHF, Dukoscopy constantly being the home of advanced forex competitions, how Oanda treats non US clients, etc.
As many as possible. Not just Europe, either! I want to hear from Asia, Africa, South America, and the Pacific Rim. Antarctica and Mars can chime in too.
Thanks!
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Trading overseas? Volume/Time related.

So I've been interested in trading for awhile. Dabbled in stocks, fx, and crypto in the past, but want to take it more seriously. I'm trying to decide on which market or product to focus on first. But, I'm currently living in Japan which severely limits what markets I can trade due to market open/close and time differences.
Stocks are off the table. I've narrowed it down to: futures, forex, or crypto. I'm using http://forex.timezoneconverter.com/ as a reference
Futures - Seems appealing given the basically 24/5 markets. But volume looks really low during off hours. NYSE open is around 9pm-5am local time, which does work well since I do have a day-job, but worry I may get stuck in a position for hours and lose a bunch of sleep. I like being able to focus on a single future, like the ES. Commissions are relatively low as well, with good leverage. Currently the most appealing option.
Forex - Real 24 hour markets. Volumes are high almost all-around, and similar to futures can focus on a single pair such as USD/JPY or USD/EUR at the beginning. Unfortunately as a US person I'm not allowed to open accounts with many ECN brokers. Oanda seems like the only real option, but they are a MM. Anyway spreads/commissions are big here and dependent on the broker, and I can't seem to find any other good brokers for FX which allow US clients. Maybe I'm searching for the wrong things?
Crypto - The dark horse. I would 100% be day trading crypto if: exchanges weren't crappy compared to real trading platforms, nor was I worried about hacking. Margin rates for shorting crypto also sucks, and given the current bear market it seems stupid to get into this only being able to trade long.
Given my situation, what would you trade?
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Is it More Realistic to Make a Living Trading in the FOREX Market or the Traditional U.S. Stock Market? (xPost from r/investing)

I'm curious as to where I should start investing my time. I'm 22, I love to read, learn, study trends, make use of data, current events, you name it. I've started to make a living for myself with a company I helped start that manages Pay Per Click Advertising. I've networked myself into a great position, while still having very low living expenses, and I don’t even graduate from business school until this May.
The point is, I'm making a good living now and know I will be coming into quite a bit of extra income when I graduate, enough to establish some risk capital for me to start investing safety. I have been learning and reading immensely about the Foriegn Exchange (FOREX) market and obviously the US Stock exchange. I’ve been reading the Wall Street Journal the past 6 months and just basically want a deep, deeeeep understanding of what I am doing before I start making major decisions (None of those Oanda demo accounts) with my money. I was approached from an old friend who was trying to get me into that ImarketsLive "Global Visionariez" "Forex makes You Rich" bullshit which I have researched deeply and found to be bullshit. This turned me off from Forex trading, although I know it’s an incredible economy of scale.
I am trying to figure out, from some experienced folk, where I should continue putting my learning efforts? I want to continue learning and researching how to trade and find leverage for at least another 3-6 months before I make any moves. Which is a more realistic route to take? Which market has the best opportunity? I’m open for all interpretation so please share! Thank you.
-Jon
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Preferred Papertrading Resources + Community/Sub Thoughts on Tradingview

Hey all, I've been studying up on Forex and I did read the side bar, I recently got involved with dedicating some time to learning about forex and financial markets in general everyday now as well as trying to keep up some news. I've poked around with MT4 using an OANDA demo account, TD think or swim demo account (couldn't figure out how to trade forex on it thought). I found that I love to use tradingview.com for all things relating to forex though, I think it's great that it has charts, news resources and free chatrooms as well as easy ways to share TA etc, which I haven't found in other platforms. My big holdup though is that, I love their papertrading integration with their charting and all, but my biggest hold up is, does anyone know the leverage ratio they use? Also, is tradingview's free charts seriously as up-to-date as it makes me believe? I'd like to think that when I set the chart to 1 minute I am getting only 2-5 seconds worth of delay. Also, I want to know what the Forex sub here on reddit thinks of tradingview, thoughts on tradingviews paper trading as well as some recommendations on where i should start papertrading. Perhaps there are better platforms/accounts I can open with? And if anyone has the time, someone that has had a decent amount of success with this stuff starting out with relatively low capital and sharing their beginner story? What platforms did you start out with when you were demo accounting / papertrading etc. Thanks guys, I'm hoping I didn't break any rules here. Again, I did read the side-bar for beginners but, I just want to make sure that I am practicing my TA and charting methods with a platform conducive for learning (in terms of papertrading).
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Couple questions around brokers and currency conversion

I've just been getting into trading forex. I've mostly been focusing on learning and back testing some different strategies. I haven't jumped the gun yet on trading live and had a couple questions on currency conversion and how brokers handle it. I plan on trading with Oanda.
1) If my account is using a base balance of CAD and I want to trade EUUSD, when I close a position will my broker automatically add/subtract my profit/loss to my account using my accounts base currency at the current exchange rate? If I'm using leverage, will the loans automatically close after a position has been closed?
2) I'm trying to write some automated back tests and realize that in order to correctly calculate my risk per trade at a given point in time, I need historical exchange rates. What APIs are typically used for this? One I've come across is fixer.io. I've noticed that Oanda has one, but it looks rather pricey.
Thanks in advance.
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