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We go direct to the interbank market to provide traders with competitive overnight swap rates across our broad range of markets.

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In line with our core purpose of providing traders with low cost access to global markets through market leading pricing and execution, we go directly to the interbank market to roll our clients positions, to offer more competitive overnight financing rates.


Swaps & Fees Explained

What is a Swap Rate?

A swap is interest paid or received for holding a position over rollover/end of day. On a currency pair interest is paid on the currency sold and received on the currency bought. In addition, swap rates are driven by the interbank spread and cross currency basis.

Swap charges are released on a daily basis by financial institutions that we work with. They are calculated based on the charges we incur to roll the positions in the market. The swap charge is measured on a standard size of 1.0 lot.

Keep in mind that Wednesday is a triple swap day for FX pairs. This is due to the markets being closed on Saturday and Sunday.

What is a Financing Fee?

The financing fee is the cost you pay to hold a position on CFD trades.

It helps traders gain access to leveraged products while only having to pay an initial margin to open the position. As such, the financing fee reflects the cost of borrowing or lending the asset(s) which relate to your position(s). In addition, if dividends are paid out on the relevant index, then long positions will receive a positive adjustment, while short positions will receive a negative adjustment.

Please keep in mind that Friday is a triple fee day for CFDs.

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Electronic Communications Networks or ‘ECNs’ are off-exchange execution venues which allow market participants to trade with a range of counterparties anonymously. They are the main trading venues for OTC markets such as Foreign Exchange and Metals.

This basically means ECNs provide the technology and venue for price makers aka ‘liquidity providers’ to distribute their liquidity. Price takers (traders) can see these prices and execute trades against them. The ECN is therefore responsible for prices/quotes and the execution of orders.

See our ECN page for a detailed overview of the Global Prime ECN offering.

How is a swap rate determined? Right Arrow

The swap rate that we provide to traders on Forex and Metals is determined primarily by the interbank interest rates, taking into account other factors such as the interest rate differential between currencies and liquidity in overnight funding markets.

Where does Global Prime get its prices for swaps? Right Arrow

Global Prime’s Swap rates are derived from the interbank forex market. This enables us to provide extremely competitive swap rates.

When will the swap charge or credit be applied to my trade? Right Arrow

Swaps are accumulated by leaving positions open past roll over or 5pm NYC EST/EDT. Swaps will be added/subtracted to open positions, affecting the unrealised net trading profit and loss. Swaps are realised once the positions are closed.

When does Global Prime update the swap rates? Right Arrow

Our swap rates are updated once to twice a week.

Can we see historical swap rates anywhere? Right Arrow

We do not provide historical data.

How can I calculate the swap on a trade? Right Arrow

FX: Pip value X Swap rate in points X exchange rate (if different to account currency)

Example: 0.24 lots AUDUSD (pip value = USD$2.40). Swap rate: 8.34.

Calculation: USD$2.40 X 0.834 = USD$2.00 (rounded from USD$2.0016)

CFD: Lot size x Swap fee (charged in underlying product currency/Margin currency)

Example: NAS100, long swap = -0.89

Calculation: 1 lot X 0.89 = USD89 cents

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