OANDA at 9 am

Discussion in 'Forex Brokers' started by crazycanuck, Jan 18, 2006.

  1. TICs data comes out. Oanda disconnects...still can't log in. HUGE opportunity costs on this one. Glad I am moving elsewhere. Have been fairly happy, but the disconnects during key reports really is inexcusable ad all to frequent.
  2. back online....more than 15 minutes later. Rediculous.
  3. I traded throughout TICS with Oanda - no noticable problem. Perhaps it's your connection speed? Dunno.

    Haven't had disconnects during key data since....well, I cannot remember.
  4. strange...

    Nothing wrong with my connection speed (cable with dsl backup) and nothing else was exhibitting any problems....charts, newsfeed, etc. were all working fine.
  5. Happened to me as well. Their phone number stayed busy, so likely more than a few disconnects. When finally got through, told no problems on their end. Logged back in by 9:25 am EST. To be fair, this is uncommon, in my experience over the last year.
  6. Odd - I wonder why certain accounts get dropped and others do not? I would HOPE it's purely a random technical issue.

    Oanda seems ok in my book - though one can never be sure in the FX market.
  7. Maybe consistently excessive profits, from their perspective? :p
  8. auto


    But where can you move to? Some more honest?
  9. Just curious why those of you who are profitable in fx haven't moved on to globex futures? I understand the "ain't broke, don't fix it" attitude, but there doesn't seem to be any reason to stay with retail fx except the ability to trade small lots.
  10. illiquid, I guess I'm surprised to see someone like you raise this old question, again. Maybe I can help. For me, the choice between currency futures and spot fx really has nothing to do with "if it ain't broke..." It's all about selecting the right tool(s) for the job. Sometimes either one can get the job done; sometimes only one will do. Here're just 3 major cases (there are more) when spot trumps futures hands down.

    1. Crosses. Take a look at the liquidiy of any non-major pair on GLOBEX:


    For all practical purposes, the liquidity is basically non-existent. 15 contracts in an entire day for GBP/JPY; 205 for EUR/JPY; doesn't even register for CAD/JPY, with open interest of... 7 (gee, thanks); 38 - 108 for EUR/GBP; and so on. End of story.

    Even for all the majors, except maybe the lone Euro FX, depending on the size of the portfolio you're running, currency futures liquidity can be rather poor or inadequate most of the time, outside the first half on the US session, roughly 8:20 - 11:30 am EST.

    2. Daily interest differentials, reflected as actual cash debits and credits, not as continuous changes in basis. I run an entire strategy that is designed around that.

    3. Exact, optimal position sizing / money management / risk control. For instance, continual compounding: I want to be able to adjust the next trade size after every closed trade, win or loss. That alone makes a world of difference in long-term returns. Can't do that in futures, period.

    In fact, here's #4... to which you already referred to with "the ability to trade small lots." That's a biggie, wouldn't you agree? This applies to probably 95%+ of all "small speculators". That includes anyone with an account size of a few thousand dollars... or even $10-15,000... who jumps into the Euro-fx fray (or any other major currency future).

    Yep, it's one of my favorite forex subjects on ET: leverage. Given the size of the futures contracts, they're immediately forced into double-digit leverage. Right off the bat. 1 lot. Nothing they can do about it. Thinking they can survive (and prosper on) such leverage and extract profits from something that apparently, these days, every schmo on this planet, fully equipped with a dial tone and a cursor, is swinging at. Right.
    #10     Jan 23, 2006