IB Market Value vs FX Portfolio

Discussion in 'Retail Brokers' started by trading1, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. Hi, Can anyone advise please, help me understand the difference between the "Market Value" and the "FX Portfilio" on the Accounts Display. They both show a listing on currencys. I understand what they refer to, the FX, is a "virtual position", as if it were a "contract". What I can't understand at the moment is:

    1. how the 2 can differ so much. Why isn't all the "Market value" referenced in the "FX portfilio"? If the FX portfilio doesn't cover all the holdings, what is the point of it, I don't "get it". I suppose the FX encompasses a history of past trades somehow?
    2. Which reflects the accounts sensitivity to currency fluctuation?

    Any help is greatly appreciated.