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Saxo vs SCB
Hello I'm 21 going in army soon and plan to invest 500 every month into SWRD(90%) + EIMI(10%) which broker should I use? The fees SCB - (10 dollar min commission fee or 0.2%, 0.2% trading fee, and a 0.43% forex spread) Saxo - (10 dollar min commission fee or 0.06%, 0.08% trading fee, custody fee of 0.12% and a forex spread of 0.75%) Also what do you guys think of investing in IT etfs like QQQ or healthcare etfs with low expense ratio. Do let me know if I'm missing out something or there's a better way of investing like investing every 2 months instead or robos. Thank you for reading. Edit - Thanks all for the feedback I really appreciate it. I have decided on Interactive brokers. I forgot to mention that after 2 years of NS I will be in uni for another 4 years and I probably won't be investing during this time. Assuming I liquidate my investment at 27 from SCB and transfer to IB, I calculated that I'm at a gain of 60 sgd by not going with IB which is really nothing and it seems kind of troublesome to do that so I'll just stick with IB. Thanks all
I'm a Canadian getting married to a Spaniard and we're planning to live in Spain to be close to her family. Most of my savings are in CAD and USD and at current rates, they total around 1.5 Million EUR. At a 2% withdrawal rate that would give me around 30k EUyear which is probably enough to cover our cost of living. I work remotely and can pull in 50-200k EUyear but given Spanish tax rates I'll probably be aiming to make less than <100k EUyear given how high the tax rates are for 60k EUR+. I'll consider it a "semi-FIRE" for the next few years. I still haven't decided whether to go SL or Autonomo but it doesn't seem like there is much difference between the two if I make around 100k EUR based on my calculations. We don't have a house or plan to buy one right now as we love living internationally and will likely move somewhere new in 5-10 years. Based on the above, I thought I was in good shape but the more I research Spanish tax rates (which must have evolved from the colonial methods of raping and pillaging all those who are not nobles) the more I'm freaking out about my tax and investment situation here.
We'll live in Castilla y Leon and I understand the wealth tax kicks in at 700k Euros. Can my future wife and I share the allowance (i.e. 1.4 million Euros between the two of us?) or will I get hit for my savings over 700k unless I transfer half of my savings to her?
I historically traded/invested through InteractiveBrokers with long-term passive strategies (Index funds). I'm now reading that USD/CAD ETFs are typically not available to Europeans due to EU laws. I'd rather keep my investments in a diverse mix of currencies - any recommendations on how to do that or the best low management fee ETFs in Europe?
I've read on here that some types of investments can be reinvested in similar funds without being taxed on dividends/ETFs. Does anyone have a link or more information I can read on that? I'm definitely looking for tax-efficient strategies, both with respect to withholding taxes and taxes when I rebalance.
How do ForEx savings/investments get converted for taxes? Is it the spot price on Dec. 31 or average in Q4 of the year or average over the entire year? I know a lot about investing and prefer to DIY but I really need to wrap my head around the tax situation here. There seems to be a ton of incorrect opinions and false information spread about and my lack of Spanish ability (I'm learning - but not conversant in technical stuff yet) doesn't help. My fiance and her family are pretty simple and don't seem to have a clue about the world of investing.
If anyone can recommend an English speaking tax lawyer / investment advisor who works on a reasonable fee basis that would be great too.
ETORO vs INTERACTIVE BROKERS vs OANDA vs CORE SPREADS
Hi guys, just want to compare brokers. I am looking for a broker that allows users here in the philippines I want to open an account to trade in the global market. I've been using ETORO for some months already and there's a lot of negative reviews with regards to their withdrawal process/fee. Then the trader that I am following uses Core Spreads which is why I want to consider it. I also saw Interactive Brokers allows API calls which is also good since I also want to automate my trades. I see OANDA from some posts here and they say it's also good. What you think guys? Pros and Cons? EDIT: I am now reviewing this brokers: pepperstone, IG and Forex.com. Those brokers had the best reviews made by pinoy bloggers
[Request] I was looking for some insight on low spread brokers in the US.
Hey everyone. I’ve been trading crypto for a while and have been out of the forex game for a bit and was hoping to get back into it since the crypto market has been flat for so long but I ran into some trouble when trying to find a new broker. The 2016 ruling on eligible participants put my previous broker out of business and made it impossible for me to trade with certain brokers such as Interactive Brokers. I was looking for a new broker that has low spreads which seem to have all but died in the US. I’m okay with commissions but the spreads at Oanda, forex.com, TD, and Ally are all way too high for my blood; especially for my bread and butter pair GBP/USD. ATC brokers actually seems like a pretty good brokerage for my needs but after some research I found troubling news with their bankruptcy and I don’t quite understand how an introducer brokerage works. (maybe the answer lies with ATC and you guys can take my mind off the drawbacks.) I have a pretty decent strategy that after back testing with commissions and spreads equal to ATC’s under sub-par* conditions has max 30% drawdown, avg 15-20% profit per month, and 1.23 sharpe over 10 years. The downside of this is that with my strategy I have a very tight stop, 6-12 pips most of the time. The larger the spread the worse off I am. A 10$ per lot commission is nothing compared to an additional pip of spread in my case. Can anyone suggest a US brokerage that suits my needs other than ATC or do I have to take the risk on them not going bankrupt again? *Sub-par trading conditions include 3x the avg spread taken into account as slippage, including Friday as a trading day even though the strategy doesn’t work near the weekend, and optimized for a different timeframe and currency pair. TL;DR - Is ATC Brokerage the only low spread broker for the US and are they trustworthy?
Any brokers other than IB offer the interbank rate (i.e. close to vig-free) CAD / USD swapping?
I swap cash between CAD and USD fairly often so have used Interactive Brokers because they offer the interbank rate (or something very close to it)...having to pay 1-2% vig on every swap would be a non-starter for my strategy. Anyone know another brokerage that offers the same or something close to it? (I know about Norbert's Gambit, but want to do these swaps more or less instantaneously, which IB allows) Edit: I should also have included that it would be OK for me if a brokerage simply waived (or reimbursed) any Forex fee/spread if account commissions exceeded a monthly threshold or something, since I usually generate modest monthly fees
Hello! I am ready to dive in the world of trading and after my basic education I am starting to pappertrade. I figured out that I sould choose from now the boroker I am gonna use in the future to get used to the platform. The problem is that there are WAY to many brokers out there and its hard to choose. I need your help reddit! What I need: - I am mainly gonna daytrade forex, maybe some stocks and futures at the future. - Low commisions, fees & spreads! I'm thikning of taking trades on small timeframes (5-20 mins , or a few hours). I am looking for a true ECN with comission model. I dont want conflict of interests with my broker - A good platform. I don't like MT4. I liked cTrader. - No requotes - No slippage - Fast executions! - Leverage. I need at least 1:200 , so I probably need a broker in Australia (?) - No problems with withdrawals. - Regulation and good reputation! I don't want to loose my money! - Low minimum deposit! I'm thinking about starting with 1000 euros, maybe 2000 max. Brokers I have found surfing the net: - Interactive Brokers - Saxo bank - IG - Dukascopy and the cTrader brokers: - IC markets - Pepperstone - FxPro - Roboforex What do you guys think? Have you got any experience with those guys? What would you suggest? All comments and extra info are welcome!
I see a lot of posts here with people suggesting "Norbert's Gambit". And on the face of it, it seems like a good idea. But how many people have tried calling up their banker and asking for a more reasonable forex fee structure that doesn't require such quackery? Does anyone get the feeling that the banks are conspiring across the industry to keep foreign exchange fees artificially high? Mutual funds require disclosure of MERs, including new requirements for statements. Brokerage accounts require that if the bank itself is the counterparty in a transaction, that such be disclosed. But forex seems like the last big way in which Canadian bank/brokers abuse their customers. Why don't customers, faced with paying 2% on a transaction that costs the banks almost nothing if performed electronically, rebel against their banks? Anyone ever written their politician over the outrageous and obvious conspiracy between the big-5 major bank/brokers to keep foreign exchange within brokerage accounts very opaque pricing-wise, and unduly high? The competition bureau has cracked down, at least partially, on VISA credit card fees, but nothing on forex. What about Interactive Brokers? They don't charge spreads and just charge a small commission on forex transactions. That's what I use, but certainly those who, by choice, or by force (as the government doesn't let you hold a TFSA/RRSP personally -- it must be trusteed with a major broker), have to use big bank/broker forex are being robbed blind.
Redditors, just so you know, people associated with Pepperstone control Forex. They just banned me for my post below, alleging "Note from the moderators: Copy / Paste spamming of your opinion on a broker comes off as you being a paid basher." IB doesn't pay random nobody's on the internet like me you corrupt morons. My dislike of Pepperstone or in fact any business that fundamentally thrives on exploiting vulnerable poeple motivates me. Please read my post below which caused me to be censored by corrupt Forex who want you to be cheated by Pepperstone: Pepperstone - never ever use them (self.Forex) submitted 3 hours ago by playingpoodles Hi, just a quick suggestion of my opinions regarding Pepperstone. Nobody can use Pepperstone and pay their default fees and profit over the longer term ever. In my opinion, which I think will be born out by your own account if you are with Pepperstone, and bother to look, it is impossible to profit over any extended (eg. three months or more) period of time while using Pepperstone. This is because their margin prices from what I can see seems to be around 15%, or around 15 times IB. Think about it, you go long/short a pair, and profit 10% on average over time, that means you're 5% in the red over that same period of time. Nobody can out-trade that handicap. Pepperstone's spreads are also around 10 times Interactive Brokers. This would make difficult to profit over time, but not impossible, but see above it is impossible because of the margin interest charged by Pepperstone. Pepperstone's business model is to "truck" vulnerable men who want to get rich quick trading forex with probably usually small account sizes. I'm sure some better off men would set up on Pepperstone too after some sort of winfdall inheritance or whatever. But people who've managed to earn real $100,000s are unlikely to generously give it up to Pepperstone's rich, exploitative, owners. That's okay to Pepperstone, they're fine ripping $1000s off everyday disadvantaged Western men. If you want to trade forex, use IB, if you can't use IB in your jurisdiction Google a similar cost effective competitor. Or trade forex in futures lots through CME using IB, Ameritrade or TastyWorks instead.
Seriously.. I´ve been with FxPro, they are ok i guess? but still reading some bad reviews about them and being a Cyprus broker is not the best thing either.. So i went with Fxcm tried out their platform with a small deposit, was about to deposit more when i read an email about "Account termination" so apparently they just terminated my account without giving any reasons.. So i check out Oanda where this youtube trader trades.. i read they are a pure market maker.. and i just cant see myself trading knowing they are loosing from my winnings.. Then we have the other 100billion forex brokers, Freshforex, Hotforex, Coldforex, insertrandomnameForex.. Fake reviews, deposit bonuses, ECN, this and that.. Why cant this be easy? I dont need bragging "spreads" "amazing execution speed that beats speed of light" i dont need hot chicks on front page, nor Barcelona sponsorship.. Here i am planning on living of Forex, i´ve solved all the problems after 3 years I have a winning strategy I have a winning mentality Who would have guessed that finding a honest/genuine broker is the Holy Grail.. So far ive only managed to find 1 honest broker(i think), Global Prime from Australia.."We are the only broker in the world where all clients can ask for a trade receipt at any time which shows which liquidity provider took their trade" they seem to have a low key website, no bonuses, or contests.. Other than that there´s Interactive Brokers.. And thats about it.. The other 100000 brokers seem to all have some defect.. Discuss, (Also if you are a profitable trader, and does withdrawals please share your broker)
ECN. Used most by professional traders. Difficult platform for beginners
Minimum deposit $10000 (or $3,000 if under 25yo) * Well diversified -Oanda
Market maker. Second largest retail FX brokerage in the US. Easy platform for beginners.
No minimum deposit
Not well diversified, but well capitalized -Gain Capital (whitelabel forex.com) *Market Maker *Fair spreads *Minimum deposit $250 *Well diversified -FXCM Inc
ECN. Largest retail FX brokerage in the US
Minimum deposit $2000
Not well diversified. CAUTION: FXCM nearly went bankrupt in Jan-2015 due to a lack of diversification and low capitalisation. As a result FXCM LLC was bailed out with a large loan which may prove difficult to pay back. Be warned that their business may not be sustainable in the long term. -MBTrading
ECN. Mid-sized retail FX brokerage
Minimum deposit $400
International Only- -LMAX (whitelabel DarwinEx) *DMA broker based in the UK. Note that as a DMA broker LMAX eliminates the ability for LPs to last-look transactions. This may result in reduced liquidity during volatile times as liquidity providers would be likely not to risk posting liquidity to LMAX's pool. *Tight spreads *Minimum deposit $10,000 *Fairly well diversified -Dukascopy *ECN based in Switzerland, but available elsewhere depending on local regulations. *Tight spreads *Minimum deposit $100 *Fairly well diversified -IC Markets *ECN based in Australia *Fair spreads on standard account, tight spreads on professional accounts. *Minimum deposit $200 *Fairly well diversified -Pepperstone *ECN broker based in Australia. *Fair spreads on standard account, tight spreads on professional accounts. *Minimum deposit $200 *Not well diversified Software / Apps: Desktop/mobile
Apps are typically broker dependent. Some brokers have their own proprietary software, while others lease common software like Metatrader or NinjaTrader. Some software has a large development community for indicators and EAs.
Terminology/Acronyms: www.forexlive.com/ForexJargon - Common terms and acronyms FAQ: I need to exchange money, how do I do it? This isn’t what this sub is for. Your best bet is using your bank or an online exchange service. Be prepared to pay a hefty fee. I have money in one currency and need to exchange it into another sometime in the future, should I wait? Don’t ask us this. We speculate intraday in FX and shouldn’t be relied on to tell you what’s best for you. Exchange the money when you need it. I have an FX account, should I start trading demo or live? This is highly debatable. You should definitely demo trade until you have mastered how to use the trading platform on desktop and mobile. After that it’s up to you. Many think that the psychology of trading live vs demo trading is massively different. So it may pay to learn to trade live. Just be warned that most FX traders lose almost their entire first account so start with a low affordable balance. What’s money management? Money management is a form of risk management and is arguably the most important aspect of your trading when it comes to long term survival. You should always enter trades with a stop loss - the distance of the stop allows you to calculate how large of a percent of your account balance will be lost if your trade stops out. You can run a monte carlo simulation to figure out the risk of having a number of trades go against you in a row to drain your account. The general rule is that you should only risk losing 1-4% of your account per trade entered. More on this here: www.investopedia.com/articles/forex/06/fxmoneymgmt.asp www.swing-trade-stocks.com/money-management.html What about automated trading? Retail FX traders have been known to program “Expert Advisors” (EAs) to automate trading. It’s generally advisable to stay away from that until you’re very experienced. Never buy an EA from a developer because the vast majority of them are scams. What indicators are best? That’s up to you to test and find out. Many in this forum dislike oscillating indicators since they fail to capture the essence of what moves price. With experience you will discover what works best for you. In my experience indicators that are most popular with professional traders are those that provide trading “levels” such as pivot points, fibonacci, moving averages, trendlines, etc. What timeframe should I trade? Price action can vary in different timeframes. In longer term timeframes the price action and fundamentals are much more clear. Unfortunately it would take a very long time to figure out whether or not what you’re doing is successful on longer timeframes. In shorter timeframes you can often tell very quickly if what you’re doing is profitable. Unfortunately there’s a lot more “noise” on these levels which can prove deceptive for those trying to learn. Therefore the best bet is to use a multi-timeframe analysis, working from top-down to come up with trades. Should I trade using fundamental analysis (FA) of technical analysis (TA)? This is a long standing argument in these forums and elsewhere. I’ll settle it here - you should have an understanding of both. Yes there are traders who blindly ignore one of the other but a truly well rounded trader should understand and implement both into the analysis. The market is driven in the longer term through FA. But TA is necessary to give traders a place to enter and exit trades from a psychological risk/reward standpoint. I’ve heard trading Binary Options is an easy way to make money? The general advice is to stay away from binaries. The structure of binary options is so that when you lose the broker wins. This incentive has created a very scammy industry where there are few legitimate binary options brokers. In addition in order to be profitable in binaries you have to win 55-65% of the time. That’s a much higher premium over spot FX. Am I actually exchanging currencies? Yes and no. Your broker handles spot FX is currency pairs. Although they make an exchange at the settlement date they treat your position in your account as a virtual currency pair. Think of it like a contract where you can only buy or sell it as a pair. In this sense you are always long one currency while short another. You are merely speculating that one currency will appreciate or depreciate vs another. Why didn't my order fill? Even if price appears to cross over a line on your chart it does not guarantee a fill. Different charting platforms chart different prices - some chart the bid price, some the ask price and some the midpoint price. To fill a limit order price needs to cross your limit's price plus the spread at the time that it is crossing. If it does not equal or exceed the spread then it will not fill. Be wary that in general spreads are not fixed. So what may fill at one time may not at another.
The second main element that impacts trading costs are spreads. Our Interactive Brokers forex review rated the spreads as an ‘ECN broker’ as they quote prices based on the sixteen largest exchange dealers. This is 60%+ market-share of the interbank market-making EUR/USD spreads from 0.1 pips. Interactive Brokers' trading conditions are pretty good – they include tight variable spreads, low commissions, 22 order types, positive price corrections through the SmartRouting system, etc. Keep in mind, though, that the average slippage is a tad high – 1.8 pips. Read our in-depth Interactive Brokers review 2020 covering Interactive Brokers licenses, forex spreads, trading leverage, deposit & withdrawal and user reviews. Commissions: For forex traders, Interactive Brokers aggregates prices from 14 of the world’s largest dealers, and instead of marking up spreads, it charges a commission per trade ranging from $16-$40 per million round turn ($8-$20 per side), comparable to brokers that offer commission-based FX trading on an agency basis. Interactive Brokers Canada Inc. is an execution-only dealer and does not provide investment advice or recommendations regarding the purchase or sale of any securities or derivatives. Registered Office: 1800 McGill College Avenue, Suite 2106, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 3J6, Canada. Website: www.interactivebrokers.ca. Interactive Brokers U.K. Limited
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