Because we're founded by traders, we understand what traders want. We provide access to the world's most popular trading platform, MetaTrader 4, to trade a wide range of Forex , Commodities & Indices Tight spreads and fast execution come as standard on all our accounts and, for peace of mind, we operate within a secure and highly regulated environment. All forex trades involve two currencies because you're betting on the value of a currency against another. Think of EUR/USD, the most-traded currency pair in the world. EUR, the first currency in the pair, is the base, and USD, the second, is the counter. When you see a price quoted on your platform, that price is how much one euro is worth in US dollars. You always see two prices because one is the buy price and one is the sell. The difference between the two is the spread. When you click buy or sell, you are buying or selling the first currency in the pair.
A forward is a tailor-made contract: it can be for any amount of money and can settle on any date that's not a weekend or holiday. Transactions with maturities longer than a year are relatively unusual, but are possible. As in a spot transaction, funds are exchanged on the settlement date.
The gold standard was dropped around the beginning of World War 2 as major European countries did not have enough gold to support all the currency they were printing to pay for large military projects. Although the gold standard was ultimately dropped, the precious metal never lost its spot as the ultimate form of monetary value.
Participating in the forex trading marketplace via a broker like XM means that the client receives access to real-time pricing of the forex marketplace and is quoted buy and sell prices for a number of instruments via an online trading platform (or via the phone). The client has the freedom to decide at which price they decide to buy or sell, and vice versa, and can execute a transaction at any time they wish.
Risk Warning: Trading Derivatives carries a high level of risk to your capital and you should only trade with money you can afford to lose. Trading Derivatives may not be suitable for all investors, so please ensure that you fully understand the risks involved, and seek independent advice if necessary. A Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) can be obtained either from this website or on request from our offices and should be considered before entering into a transaction with us. True ECN accounts offer spreads from 0.0 pips with a commission charge of AUD $3.50 per 100k traded. Standard account offer spreads from 1 pips with no additional commission charges. Spreads on CFD indices start at 0.4 points. International Capital Markets holds an Australian financial services licence (AFSL) to carry on a financial services business in Australia, limited to the financial services covered by its AFSL. International Capital Markets Pty Ltd. ACN 123 289 109. AFSL No. 335692.