Mar 03, 2021 at 02:42
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Miembro desde Jan 17, 2021   posts 2
Mar 03, 2021 at 02:42
Hello everyone,
I'm pretty new in the game and I have a question about spreads.
When I look here on myfxbook -> Brokers -> Spreads the spreads a very low compared to these my brokers offer.

For example here on this site for IC Markets GBPAUD 1.5. But in my MetaTrader4 the Spread is 24.
Also on the GKFX Account: here on this site 6.8 for GBPAUD but in my MT4 45.

Do I misunderstand anything or what's wrong here?

Miembro desde Jul 31, 2009   posts 1444
Mar 03, 2021 at 07:21
@tradingjules the spreads showing in your account are in points while the spreads in our spreads page show in pips. Points simply show the decimal difference between bid and ask taking into account that the last digit of the price is equal to 1 point. When comparing spreads, a pip is usually referred to the figure in the 2nd or 4th decimal, depending on the currency.

For example,
EURUSD 1 pip is the 4th decimal.

EURUSD ask price of 1.20843 and bid of 1.20854 would mean (1.20854-1.20843)*10000=1.1 pip however in points that is (1.20854-1.20843)*100000=11 points.
Miembro desde Jan 17, 2021   posts 2
Mar 03, 2021 at 12:50
Make sense, thank you both!
Miembro desde Oct 27, 2020   posts 18
Mar 11, 2021 at 11:11
You need to learn to differentiate between the spreads in points and pips. Once you know the difference between the two, you are good to go.
Miembro desde Jul 23, 2020   posts 869
Mar 11, 2021 at 11:49
Zipp7 posted:
Yea, just like the above user said, the one you are talking about are points which is pipettes, if I am not wrong.
Do remember the spreads are fluctuating, so if IC Markets GBPAUD is 1.5, which is pips, so for, points are basically 15.
Thanks for the explanation. It’s very helpful.
Miembro desde Jul 23, 2020   posts 759
Mar 24, 2021 at 18:00
Charlespeterson posted:
You need to learn to differentiate between the spreads in points and pips. Once you know the difference between the two, you are good to go.
I also didn’t know about the point. But I know now. Thanks for the explanation.
Miembro desde Jul 19, 2020   posts 751
Mar 25, 2021 at 13:16
Spreads varies from broker to broker and account type to account type. In zero spreads account you get very low spreads but you have to pay commission and standard account spreads will be high but won't be any commission. Choose according to your comfort.
Miembro desde Nov 26, 2020   posts 30
Mar 25, 2021 at 14:58
But usually the fixed spread is larger than the lower limit of the floating one.
Miembro desde Jul 19, 2020   posts 788
Mar 25, 2021 at 15:22
When I go to trade I first form an idea about spreads. Because the spread is too high, it will be very difficult for me to make a profit.
Miembro desde May 03, 2017   posts 1
Mar 25, 2021 at 15:35
You must of course concentrate on the spreads but also, ticker value, swaps/overnight fees and commissions because this is a huge oversight for beginners in the markets. Spreads are important and pretty easy to understand but swaps and other Fees need to be researched properly before entering any trade. When opening an account with a broker you can use myfxbook which is great for showing you the trading costs, trading conditions but also check the KID(Key Information Documents) on your brokers website (normally found at the bottom of the home page but if you can't find ask the customer support/live chat at your broker.
Live the life you want to live.
Miembro desde Mar 25, 2021   posts 7
Mar 25, 2021 at 19:15
find ecn broker with 0-1 pips spread + low commisions + no fees (or small for withdrawals)
no kyc broker are also ok but reputation is important
Miembro desde Apr 03, 2021   posts 470
Apr 11, 2021 at 22:19
Trader forex usually will like if the broker has low spread because giving an opportunity to making profit quicker, but besides spread also quality instant execution also affected to the result in trading, if a trader wants to open and close order, fast execution more preferable than delaying execution.
Miembro desde Jun 26, 2020   posts 327
Apr 12, 2021 at 04:46
spreads is very important issue in Forex trading for traders and also for a broker , because the broker always depends on spreads to bring their profit , i mean broker earn profit only by trading spreads.
Miembro desde Jul 19, 2020   posts 751
Apr 12, 2021 at 13:28
For short term traders and scalpers spreads is very important. As a day trader, I like floating spreads. That's why I always prefer zero spreads account with commission.
Miembro desde Apr 01, 2020   posts 231
Apr 13, 2021 at 01:03
UweMoench posted:
Spreads varies from broker to broker and account type to account type. In zero spreads account you get very low spreads but you have to pay commission and standard account spreads will be high but won't be any commission. Choose according to your comfort.
Yes, We should choose a broker which offers a low spread over every trade but the broker should also have a good reputation in the market.
Miembro desde Mar 16, 2021   posts 477
Apr 16, 2021 at 03:23
The main support of the broker is spread. If the spread is low, it is possible to gain a lot of profit by trading in that broker. So before choosing a broker, it is very important to know about the spread of that broker first.
Miembro desde Jul 19, 2020   posts 788
Apr 17, 2021 at 16:43
ChrisSmilas posted:
You must of course concentrate on the spreads but also, ticker value, swaps/overnight fees and commissions because this is a huge oversight for beginners in the markets. Spreads are important and pretty easy to understand but swaps and other Fees need to be researched properly before entering any trade. When opening an account with a broker you can use myfxbook which is great for showing you the trading costs, trading conditions but also check the KID(Key Information Documents) on your brokers website (normally found at the bottom of the home page but if you can't find ask the customer support/live chat at your broker.
Good information. I have learned something good from this post.
Miembro desde Mar 13, 2021   posts 6
Dec 08, 2021 at 09:28
Spreads are pretty difficult for new traders to understand and this is okay actually. Everything that you don't know when you enter the market is a good opportunity to find out about it and apply on practice. Spreads are just created for substitution to commissions, or at least they make commissions less.
In my opinion, if you just entered the market and start trading, then you shouldn't bother about spreads and pips, because these things just help you to dive deeper in trading activity. You would better find information about trends for example and their reversals.
Miembro desde Nov 23, 2021   posts 24
Dec 17, 2021 at 04:25
Beginners find spreads to be one of the most confusing concepts when learning about forex trading. A spread is a difference between the buy and sell prices of a currency pair. For example, on a buy order of EUR/USD at 1.1050, the asking price is 1.1052, and the bid price is 1.1048. The difference between the two prices is the spread - in this case, 4 pips (or .04).
Miembro desde Mar 28, 2021   posts 617
Dec 31, 2021 at 02:16
I always choose a broker according to its spread. Too high spreads, as well as too low are suspicious for me. Trading principles are not so important.
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