More begginner CHF/JPY questions

Discussion in 'Forex' started by oldtime, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. I went long CHF/JPY. There is no volume on my TWS screen. Is that because it is a non standard pair?

    Also I paid 97.20 but avg price shows as 1.25.

    I assume this is some kind of conversion. How do I get avg price ticker to show actual price?

    Please don't hesitate to answer more questions I haven't asked yet. I'm really enjoying learning FX.
  2. ok, it took me a while but I finally figured out with just USD/CHF and USD/JPY I can take a position in all three.

    Also if there's anyone else trying to learn, I found a good calendar at

    and good fundamental and technical at

    Still can't figure out how to make TWS quote me my fill price(plus commissions) in the avg price column
  3. in otherwords, if I'm short USD/CHF and long USD/JPY that's the same as being long CHF/JPY. Right?
  4. Yes, if you do it right...
  5. The Yes part I understand. It's the "if you do it right" part that's got me wondering.
  6. Well, it's just that I am not familiar with IB at all, so I don't know how it treats ccy trades. When you do your trade is it denominated in "contracts", for example, or is it done in terms of the notional of base ccy?
  7. no, you can trade any amount you want
  8. I am sure that's the case, but what's the unit you actually trade? Do you sell 100,000 USD vs CHF or do you sell one contract, whose notional is $100,000?
  9. well, since both sides are USD that's

    sell 100,000 USD/CHF
    buy 100,000 USD/JPY

    since in my account I'm keeping score in USD, I figure that makes me long CHF and short JPY

    but if I'm wrong I would appreciate being corrected
  10. Nah, you got yerself a CHFJPY position, indeed. All good.
    #10     Jul 29, 2011