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Forex Direct

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What is Forex Direct?

Forex Direct provides DMA execution with full market transparency, offers prices from a wide selection of global banks and liquidity providers, and lets users view extended data on currency pairs and act as a market maker.

Forex Direct is recommended only for advanced FX traders.

Forex Direct costs

Average spreads

There are no IG spreads with Forex Direct – instead you are trading on buy and sell prices provided by major banks and currency providers.

^ Time-weighted (22:00-20:00 GMT) average spread by trade (quoted to three decimal places), March 2016

Commission

Unlike OTC trading, there is no IG spread to pay. Instead we charge a variable commission – as low as USD10 per USD million worth of the currency traded. This charge is based on the volume you traded in the preceding month.

If your account is not denominated in USD, the commission will be converted into your base currency (at current exchange rates) before being deducted.

Commission example

  Average FX Direct spread^
AUD/USD 0.512
EUR/JPY 0.702
EUR/USD 0.263
GBP/USD 0.992
USDJPY 0.293
Size (millions of USD) Commission (USD per million)
1500+ 10
<1500 20
<500 30
<100 60
Minimum commission per order: $3

Our forex direct technology

Trading platform and apps

  • Trade with DMA on our web-based platform, iPad and iPhone apps
  • Quick set-up

Trading platforms

L2 - our DMA platform

  • Free, downloadable software
  • Designed for our own traders
  • L2 Autotrade automates your trading

L2 Dealer

Terminals and APIs

  • Full support for traders using their own front-end technology
  • Bloomberg terminal and FIX API support

Terminals and APIs

Getting started with Forex Direct

  1. To trade DMA with IG you need to open an account and activate DMA within our web-based dealer.
  2. You can then choose to activate the data feeds you need.
  3. Then choose which platform you’d like to trade on: our web-based dealer and iPhone/iPad apps, the specialised L2 Dealer, or your own front-end technology.

New to DMA with IG

Our pricing technology is engineered to find the best available prices on both OTC (over-the-counter) and DMA. This means that DMA prices are not necessarily better than OTC, but direct access to the markets can give you greater visibility and flexibility as a trader.

There are many added complexities to the trading environment and there can be an increased risk. As we take a parallel position in the underlying market, DMA traders need to be aware that once an order has been executed we are unable to change or reverse the position.

It is important to note that while you are trading based on underlying market prices and depth, what you actually receive on placing a trade is a CFD from us. It works like this:

  • DMA displays the best bid and offer price available for a particular market, plus further prices on either side of the order book
  • You place an order, and we instantaneously conduct a margin check to ensure you have sufficient funds to cover the margin on your proposed trade
  • If the margin check is satisfied we place an order in the market and, at the same time, create a parallel CFD between you and us

So while you are trading at market prices, you do not gain any ownership rights over the currencies which form the subject of your CFD.

More about DMA

Open an account now

It's free to open an account, takes less than five minutes, and there's no obligation to fund or trade.

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Example: Forex Direct commission

Forex Direct commission

Commission on Forex Direct positions is charged in USD. We will calculate your commission based on the total value of your trade in USD using current exchange rates.

For example, you buy 50 EUR/USD contracts when the spot rate is at 1.3332.

Total value of your trade in USD

Number of contracts x contract size x EUR/USD spot rate

50 X €100,000 X 1.3332 = $6,666,000 

Commission charged (assuming you traded USD 1000 million worth of contracts in the previous month and have a commission rate of USD 20 per million)

Variable charge x value of position in USD

(20 / 1,000,000 = 0.00002) * ($6,666,000) = $133.32


 

Contact us

Our office is open 5 days a week Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm. Support line is available 24hrs a day from 8am GMT Saturday to 10pm GMT Friday

+65 6390 5118

You can also email us helpdesk@ig.com.sg

Visit our storefront office at 9 Battery Road

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