Was using this firm to get my feet wet and kick around some small trades. Last night I had a few hundred in my account and felt like taking a gamble prior to the release of the Australian employment report. Went short 25k, which required I believe 125.00 in initial margin (400-1) default setting. Like I said, it was a pure gamble and I was just messing around, so please no comment on the money management, lol. Long story short, I was dead wrong, the market gapped up immediately on the news release, and my margin call left my account almost at zero. I did not place a stop because I thought that I would be immediately cut when my initial margin was no longer sufficient. Sort of a default stop, but whatever. What concerns is me is that this also would have happened if I had placed an actual stop market order. I fully realize that the real market never traded at the price points between my entry and the post release gap, but I thought that part of the reason people traded with bucket shops is because you dont have to worry about those sort of things. It seems to me like if the gap had been 300 pips instead of 88, I could have incurred a neative balance. Either they cut at the point your initial margin is breached, or they don't. Don't really feel like bitching about a few hundred, just want to know for next time, when maybe the money is more. Well whatever, what do you guys think?