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Chart of Latency Times to Most Forex Brokerages

nevercaughtup (nevercaughtup)
Aug 26 2012 at 07:57
11 posts
Steve, Your points are very valid and I think you see it the same way I do except for the part about the ticks. No doubt a tick is about half a second, but ticks do not fill orders. Liquidity has to be there to fill the order with liquidity providers offering in advance X amount of liquidity at current price, x amount at the next level, x amount at the next level and on down. So as soon as one level is gone it moves to the next and then the next as so on.

I think of it as 10 shelves of the same product in a store and when the top shelf is empty the price is higher on the next shelf down and each shelf downward raises the price again. So in order to get the product on shelf one you have to get to that shelf before the next person trying to get to it.

Speed matters in fast moving markets so if a strategy isn't dependent of getting product off of shelf one it is not a big concern. For a strategy that needs top shelf product it is a big concern.

I think of it like this. If I need to run to the store and get some of the product on shelf one, my chances of getting it are much better if the store is only a few blocks away rather than a several miles away. I hail the taxicab (wake up MT4), tell the driver where to go (latency) and run into the store and buy it (execution).

Execution can also be improved by dealing with brokers with redundant gateways (doors to get into the store), but that is a whole different topic.

Where there's odds . . . there's hope.
stevewalker
stevewalker
Aug 26 2012 at 08:27
1439 posts
Hi Marvin

I did not say VPS is useless.

- no power off
- no connection problem ( %99 of the time )
- auto Backup
- 7/24 up and running
- low latency
- no maintanance

agree;
'Speed matters in fast moving markets so if a strategy isn't dependent of getting product off of shelf one it is not a big concern. For a strategy that needs top shelf product it is a big concern.'

I am also VPS user.

walker

PS: trader can reach better liquidity by being fast or slow. it depends the market condition😉

Chikot
Aug 26 2012 at 10:35
2299 posts
At least for live account it is desktop platform but java based browser also works ok. my live account has desktop p[latform. no issues.

stevewalker posted:
is it java based or desktop platform?
Chikot posted:
Try Oanda. execution is a way faster than MT4 and practically no slippage. Position sizing is also head and shoulders above any MT4 broker not to mention that Oanda has got its own MT4 platform now. It is much easier to manage trades opened with Oanda.

Chikot
Aug 26 2012 at 10:39
2299 posts
a lot better than any MT4 not mentioning absolute position sizing control.

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