Risk warning: Trading Forex can generate great profits as well as great losses for you. It’s good practice to never invest more that you are willing to part with as it is possible to lose more than your initial investment. If you do not have enough experience to trade, we suggest you seek independent advice before you invest. Remember… time is money, invest it wisely.


1. What are the trading hours at FXTM?

The trading sessions in forex are not like the trading sessions of the New York Stock Exchange in the sense that they do not have daily opening and closing times. You can trade forex 24 hours a day from 23:00 on Sunday until 23:59 on Friday GMT+2 (GMT+3 during Daylight Saving Time)

You can call our Dealing Desk 24 hours a day to open, close or change a position. The telephone number for our Dealing Desk is +357 2555 8775.

You can reach our Client Support Team between 08:00-20:00 GMT+2 (GMT+3 during Daylight Saving Time) from Monday to Friday. The telephone number for our Client Support Team is +357 2555 8777.

You can visit our Contact us page if you're looking for more contact information.

2. Are there any restrictions in regard to scalping?

No, there are no restrictions. Scalping is permitted.

3. How much is 1 lot equivalent to? Where can I see your trading terms?

One lot is equivalent to 100,000 units of the base currency. 0.1 lots is thus equivalent to 10,000 units and 0.01 lots is equivalent to 1,000.

The base currency refers to the first currency in a currency pair. In EUR/USD for example, the base currency is EUR. 1 lot of this currency pair is thus 100,000 EUR.

Visit our Contract Specifications page for information on margin requirements, spreads, trading instruments, etc.

4. Will Forex Time charge me any commission when I make trades?

If you are trading on a standard.mt4 account, FXTM will not charge you any commission; you will only be charged the cost of the spread. If however you are trading on an ecn.mt4 or ecn.mt5 account, you will be charged commission. You can contact us for more information.

5. Will I be able to change the leverage on my account?

Yes, you will be able to change the leverage on your account. All you have to do is log in to your MyFXTM and on the Trader's Desktop, click on the "Change Leverage" icon. Please note that in order to change leverage you must first close any open positions you have on your trading account.

The default leverage will always be the maximum available for that particular account type, please check the Trading Terms page for more information.

6. What are some of the main currency abbreviations?

Every currency in the world has an abbreviation which is used when trading currencies on the forex market. Here are some of the abbreviations for the market's most commonly traded currencies:

  • USD - US Dollar
  • EUR - Euro
  • GBP - British Pound
  • CHF - Swiss Franc
  • JPY - Japanese Yen
  • CAD - Canadian Dollar
  • AUD - Australian Dollar
  • NZD - New Zealand Dollar

7. Which are they key terms that I should be familiar with when trading forex?

Forex trading encompasses its own set of specialized terms that all traders should become familiar with before beginning to trade.

Some of the most essential trading terms are the following:

All currencies are traded in pairs. Within the pair, the first currency we can see is called the 'Base' currency and the second currency we can see is called the 'Quote' or 'Term' currency.

Base Currency (USD) / Quote Currency (JPY) = Rate 80.40

In the above example, the rate shown is the amount that one would have to pay in the quote currency in return for one unit of the base currency. In this example, one would have to pay 80.40 JPY in return for 1.00 USD.

A Pip stands for percentage in point and it is the smallest measure of change in an exchange rate.

Most currency pairs are quoted to the fourth decimal point, so if there is a change from 0.0001 to 0.0002, this would be a one pip change. Exceptions to the four decimal point norm are the USD/JPY, CHF/JPY, EUR/JPY and GBP/JPY. These currency pairs are quoted to the second decimal point, so one pip in these cases would be a change from 0.01 to 0.02. Please note that FXTM may quote currency pairs to an additional digit in order to give traders a more detailed insight to the market.

Sometimes, quotes may be shortened to be represented by the last two digits only. If EUR/USD is traded at 1.2281/1.2285 for example, it may be displayed as 81/85.

In forex, we have a Bid Price and an Ask Price. The Bid Price represents the rate used to buy the quote currency and sell the base currency whereas the Ask Price represents the rate used to sell the quote currency and buy the base currency.

The term Spread is used for the figure you get when you calculate the difference between the Bid Price and the Ask Price.

The term Currency Rate is used to determine the value of one currency in relation to another.
Currency rates fluctuate according to various factors such as liquidity, political and economic indicators, international employment levels, the gross domestic product (GDP) of different countries and a number of other factors.

Lots are used to measure the size of a transaction. 1 lot is equivalent to 100,000 of the base currency of a pair, one mini lot to 10,000 units and one micro lot to 1,000 units.

8. What is leverage?

Leverage is what is used to magnify a trader's buying power. It allows a trader to deposit a small amount of money and still be able to trade larger volumes. For example a trader could deposit €100 and if the leverage is 1:1000, they would be allowed to open a position equal to €100,000.

9. What trading instruments do you offer?

To see what trading instruments are offered for our different accounts, please visit our Contract Specifications page.

10. What is swap?

Swap refers to the change in interest rates when a position is carried forward overnight. It can be both positive and negative; this varies according to the interest rates.

11. When is swap calculated?

It is calculated between Monday and Thursday, at 23.59.45 -23.59.59. Seeing as the interest is measured over 7 days but the forex markets only operate for 5 days, swap on Wednesdays is measured in triple size so that any position opened on a Wednesday prior to 23.59.45 and closed on Thursday will be measured as 3 nights.

12. What is Margin call/Stop out?

Margin call/stop out is when the margin level of your account reaches or falls below a specified amount and your trades are automatically closed. This should prevent your account from falling into a negative balance. With Forex Time (FXTM) margin call /stop out for a standard.MT4 account is 20% and for ECN.MT4 and MT5 accounts it is 60%.

13. What are the hours for all the trading sessions?

Trading Hours Open GMT Close GMT
Asian 22:00 09:00
European 08:00 17:00
US 13:00 22:00

14. What leverage is offered for spot metals?

The leverage offered for spot metals is 1:200 and it is a floating leverage.

15. Do your spreads change during news?

We offer floating spreads, so depending on what prices we receive from our providers, our spreads may increase under certain market conditions.

16. Can I trade micro lots?

Yes, you can, however this depends on the account type you have. Please see our Trading Terms for further information.