How to Trade Forex at XM

How to Trade Forex at XM


What is Forex Trading?

Forex trading, also known by the name of currency trading or FX trading, refers to buying a particular currency while selling another in exchange. Trading currencies always involves exchanging one currency for another.

The ultimate aim can vary and can be any of the below but not limited to the below:
1. Exchanging currency A (e.g. USD) to currency B (e.g. EUR) for travelling purposes;
2. Exchanging currency A (e.g. USD) to currency B (e.g. EUR) for trading purposes;
3. Exchanging currency A (e.g. USD) to currency B (e.g. EUR) for speculative purposes, with the goal to make a profit.

Due to all the above, and not limited to the above, the forex trading market is today the world’s most liquid and most volatile market, with over $5 trillion traded daily.


How to place a New Order in XM MT4


Right click the chart , Then click “Trading" → select “New Order".
Or
Double click on the currency you want to place an order on MT4. The Order window will appear
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Symbol: check the Currency symbol you wish to trade is displayed in the symbol box

Volume: you must decide the size of your contract, you can click on the arrow and choose the volume from the listed oprions of the drop-down box or left click in the volume box and type in the required value
  • Micro Account : 1 Lot = 1,000 units
  • Standard Account : 1 Lot = 100,000 units
  • XM Ultra Account :
    • Standard Ultra: 1 Lot = 100,000 units
    • Micro Ultra: 1 Lot = 1,000 units
  • Shares Account :1 share
The minimum trade size for these accounts:
  • Micro Account : 0.1 Lots (MT4), 0.1 Lots (MT5)
  • Standard Account : 0.01 Lots
  • XM Ultra Account :
    • Standard Ultra: 0.01 Lots
    • Micro Ultra: 0.1 Lots
  • Shares Account :1 Lot
Dont forget that your contract size directly affects your possible profit or loss.

Comment: this section is not obligatory but you can use it to identify your trades by adding comments

Type: which is set to market execution by default,
  • Market Execution is the model of executing orders at the current markets price
  • Pending Order is used to setup a future price that you intend to open your trade with.

Finally you need to decide what order type to open, you can choose between a sell and a buy order

Sell by Market are opened at bid price and closed at ask price, in this order type your trade may bring profit if the price goes down

Buy by Market are opened at ask price and closed at bid price, in this order type your trade may bring profir It the price goes up

Once you click on either Buy or Sell, your order will be instantly processed, you can check your order in the Trade Terminal
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How to place a Pending Orders


 

How Many Pending Orders in XM MT4

Unlike instant execution orders, where a trade is placed at the current market price, pending orders allow you to set orders that are opened once the price reaches a relevant level, chosen by you. There are four types of pending orders available , but we can group them to just two main types:
  • Orders expecting to break a certain market level
  • Orders expecting to bounce back from a certain market level
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Buy Stop

The Buy Stop order allows you to set a buy order above the current market price. This means that if the current market price is $20 and your Buy Stop is $22, a buy or long position will be opened once the market reaches that price.
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Sell Stop

The Sell Stop order allows you to set a sell order below the current market price. So if the current market price is $20 and your Sell Stop price is $18, a sell or ‘short’ position will be opened once the market reaches that price.
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Buy Limit

The opposite of a buy stop, the Buy Limit order allows you to set a buy order below the current market price. This means that if the current market price is $20 and your Buy Limit price is $18, then once the market reaches the price level of $18, a buy position will be opened.
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Sell Limit

Finally, the Sell Limit order allows you to set a sell order above the current market price. So if the current market price is $20 and the set Sell Limit price is $22, then once the market reaches the price level of $22, a sell position will be opened on this market.
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Opening Pending Orders

You can open a new pending order simply by double-clicking on the name of the market on the Market Watch module. Once you do so, the new order window will open and you will be able to change the order type to Pending order.
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Next, select the market level at which the pending order will be activated. You should also choose the size of the position based on the volume.

If necessary, you can set an expiration date (‘Expiry’). Once all these parameters are set, select a desirable order type depending on whether you would like to go long or short and stop or limit and select the ‘Place’ button.
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As you can see, pending orders are very powerful features of MT4. They are most useful when youre not able to constantly watch the market for your entry point, or if the price of an instrument changes quickly, and you don’t want to miss the opportunity.


 

How to close Orders in XM MT4

To close an open position, click the ‘x’ in the Trade tab in the Terminal window.
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Or right-click the line order on the chart and select ‘close’.
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If you’d like to close only a part of position, click the right-click on the open order and select ‘Modify’. Then, in the Type field, select instant execution and choose what part of the position you want to close.
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As you can see, opening and closing your trades on MT4 is very intuitive, and it literally takes just one click.


Using Stop Loss, Take Profit and Trailing Stop in XM MT4


One of the keys to achieving success in financial markets over the long term is prudent risk management. That’s why stop losses and take profits should be an integral part of your trading.

So let’s have a look how to use them on our MT4 platform to ensure you know how to limit your risk and maximise your trading potential.


Setting Stop Loss and Take Profit

The first and the easiest way to add Stop Loss or Take Profit to your trade is by doing it right away, when placing new orders.
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To do this, simply enter your particular price level in Stop Loss or Take Profit fields. Remember that Stop Loss will be executed automatically when the market moves against your position (hence the name: stop losses), and Take Profit levels will be executed automatically when the price reaches your specified profit target. This means that you’re able to set your Stop Loss level below the current market price and Take Profit level above current market price.

It’s important to remember that a Stop Loss (SL) or a Take Profit (TP) is always connected to an open position or a pending order. You can adjust both once your trade has been opened and you’re monitoring the market. It’s a protective order to your market position, but of course they are not necessary to open a new position. You always can add them later, but we highly recommend to always protect your positions*.


Adding Stop Loss and Take Profit Levels

The easiest way to add SL/TP levels to your already opened position is by a using trade line on the chart. To do so, simply drag and drop the trade line up or down to specific level.
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Once you’ve entered SL/TP levels, the SL/TP lines will appear on the chart. This way you can also modify SL/TP levels simply and quickly.

You can also do this from the bottom ‘Terminal’ module as well. To add or modify SL/TP levels, simply right-click on your open position or pending order, and choose ‘Modify or delete order’.
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The order modification window will appear and now you’re able to enter/modify SL/TP by the exact market level, or by defining the points range from the current market price.
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Trailing Stop


Stop Losses are intended for reducing losses when the market moves against your position, but they can help you lock in your profits as well.

While that may sound a bit counterintuitive at first, its actually very easy to understand and master.

Let’s say you’ve opened a long position and the market moves in the right direction, making your trade a profitable one at present. Your original Stop Loss, which was placed at a level below your open price, can now be moved to your open price (so you can break even) or above the open price (so you are guaranteed a profit).

To make this process automatic, you can use a Trailing Stop. This can be a really useful tool for your risk management, particularly when price changes are rapid or when you’re unable to constantly monitor the market.

As soon as the position turns profitable, your Trailing Stop will follow the price automatically, maintaining the previously established distance.
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Following the example above, please bear in mind, however, that your trade needs to be running a profit large enough for the Trailing Stop to move above your open price, before your profit can be guaranteed.

Trailing Stops (TS) are attached to your opened positions, but it’s important to remember that if you have a trailing stop on MT4, you need to have the platform open for it to be successfully executed.

To set a Trailing Stop, right-click the open position in the ‘Terminal’ window and specify your desired pip value of distance between the TP level and the current price in the Trailing Stop menu.
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Your Trailing Stop is now active. This means that if prices change to the profitable market side, TS will ensure the stop loss level follows the price automatically.

Your Trailing Stop can easily be disabled by setting ‘None’ in the Trailing Stop menu. If you want to quickly deactivate it in all opened positions, just select ‘Delete All’.

As you can see, MT4 provides you with plenty of ways to protect your positions in just a few moments.

*Whilst Stop Loss orders are one of the best ways to ensure your risk is managed and potential losses are kept to acceptable levels, they don’t provide 100% security.

Stop losses are free to use and they protect your account against adverse market moves, but please be aware that they cannot guarantee your position every time. If the market becomes suddenly volatile and gaps beyond your stop level (jumps from one price to the next without trading at the levels in between), it’s possible your position could be closed at a worse level than requested. This is known as price slippage.

Guaranteed stop losses, which have no risk of slippage and ensure the position is closed out at the Stop Loss level you requested even if a market moves against you, are available for free with a basic account.


FAQ


How Does Forex Trading Work?

Forex trading is in essence trading currencies for one another. As such, an XM client sells one currency against another at a current market rate.

In order to be able to trade, it is required to open an account and hold currency A and then exchange currency A for currency B either for a long term or a short-term trade, with the ultimate goal varying accordingly.

Since FX trading is performed on currency pairs (i.e. the quotation of the relative value of one currency unit against another currency unit), in which the first currency is the so-called base currency, while the second currency is called the quote currency.

For example, the quotation EUR/USD 1.2345 is the price of the euro expressed in US dollars, which means that 1 euro equals 1.2345 US dollars.

Currency trading can be carried out 24 hours a day, from 22.00 GMT on Sunday until 22.00 GMT on Friday, with currencies traded among the major financial centers of London, New York, Tokyo, Zürich, Frankfurt, Paris, Sydney, Singapore and Hong Kong.

 

What Influences Prices in Forex Trading?

There is an endless number of factors that all contribute and influence the prices in forex trading (i.e. currency rates) daily, but it could be safe to say that there are 6 major factors which contribute the most and are more or less the main driving forces for forex trading price fluctuation:
1. Differentials in inflation
2. Differentials in interest rates
3. Current account deficits
4. Public debt
5. Terms of trade
6. Political and economic stability

In order to best comprehend the above 6 factors, you will have to keep in mind that currencies are traded against one another. So when one falls, another one rises as the price denomination of any currency is always stated against another currency.


What is Forex Trading Software?

Forex trading software is an online trading platform provided to each XM client, which allows them to view, analyze and trade currencies, or other asset classes

In simple terms, each XM client is provided access to a trading platform (i.e. software) which is directly connected to the global market price feed and allows them to perform transactions without the help of a third party.


Who are Forex Trading Market Participants?

Forex trading market participants can fall in any of the following categories:

1. Travellers or overseas consumers who exchange money to travel overseas or purchase goods from overseas.
2. Businesses that purchase raw materials or goods from overseas and need to exchange their local currency to the currency of the country of the seller.
3. Investors or speculators who exchange currencies, which either require a foreign currency, to perform trading in equities or other asset classes from overseas or either are trading currencies with the aim of making a profit from market changes.
4. Banking institutions that exchange money to service their clients or to lend money to overseas clients.
5. Governments or central banks that either buy or sell currencies and try to adjust financial imbalances, or adjust economic conditions.


What is Important in Forex Trading?

As a retail foreign exchange trader, the most important factors that affect your trading is trade execution quality, speed and spreads. The one affects the other.

A spread is the difference between the bid and the ask price of a currency pair (buy or sell price), and so to make it even easier it is the price at which your broker or bank is willing to sell or buy your requested trade order. Spreads, however, only matter with the correct execution.

In the forex trading marketplace, when we refer to execution we mean the speed at which a foreign exchange trader can actually buy or sell what they see on their screen or what they are quoted as bid/ask price over the phone. A good price makes no sense if your bank or broker cannot fill your order fast enough to get that bid/ask price.


What are Majors in Forex Trading?

In forex trading, some currency pairs are nicknamed majors (major pairs). This category includes the most traded currency pairs and they always include the USD on one side.

Major pairs include: EUR/USD, USD/JPY, GBP/USD, USD/CHF, USD/CAD, AUD/USD, NZD/USD


What are Minors in Forex Trading?

In forex trading, minor currency pairs or crosses are all currency pairs that do not include the USD on one side.


What are Exotics in Forex Trading?

In forex trading, exotic pairs include the less traded currency pairs that include a major currency paired with the currency of a smaller or emerging economy. These pairs usually have less volatility, less liquidity and do not present the dynamic behavior of major pairs and crosses.


Advantages of Forex Trading with XM

How to Trade Forex at XM
  • 55+ currency pairs - majors, crosses and exotics
  • 24 hours a day, 5 days a week
  • Leverage up to 888:1
  • Tight spreads and NO re-quotes
  • Trade the most liquid market in the world
  • Trade with NO hidden charges
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