Islamic account is not only beneficial for Muslims but also for all traders who want to avoid the risk of an extra trading cost from swap rate.
Have you ever come across the term "Swap-Free Account" while you were browsing forex brokers' specifications? Even though it is often referred to as a type of trading account, swap-free is not the same as the standard or micro accounts that offer minimum lot-based trading.
What is a Swap?
In forex trading, swap (or sometimes referred to as rollover) is the interest charged for overnight trading positions. The amount is calculated from the difference in interest between two currencies of a traded pair. So if you trade EUR/USD, the swap rate is the difference between the current interest rates of the Eurozone and the US.
It is essential to know that the interest rate calculation can differ based on your order, in which buy and sell can have different outcomes of swap rate. That is why the swap system in forex trading is not always seen as interest, but also a burden in the trading cost if the difference is negative. And so, we will further discuss the mechanism of swap accounts in this article.
The Swap-free Account
A swap-free account is also known as an Islamic account because brokers initially made this account specifically for Muslims. The main reason is that Shariah law forbids its followers to earn interest from trading, and swap can be seen as a form of usury. Therefore, many Muslims use this type of account to avoid earning swaps. If a broker wants to expand its clients' demographics, developing this swap-free account can be very beneficial.
Like its name, swap-free means free of swap and could eliminate the risks of earning swaps. But while this account was initially made for Muslims, many brokers also provide this facility for Non-Muslim traders. Why is that?
Apparently, many traders are interested in trading without the complexity of the swap system. They usually want to eliminate the risks of swaps that can arise overnight. This kind of trader usually doesn't use the Carry Trade strategy that purposefully searches for swap interests. Suppose they implement the swing strategy or trading in a 4-hour chart or higher, the risk of holding a position for more than a day is indeed relatively high, and they usually don't want to add swap rates as the trading cost that they need to calculate.
For example, if a trader buys GBP/USD but the swap that applies to that position has a negative value, he will be more interested in trading the signal than the swap. In that situation, swap becomes the extra commission that he needs to pay when he is already charged with the spread and/or commission.
As traders will still have to take into account the risk of negative swaps in their risk management, it is only normal for them to avoid the swap rate and trade in a swap-free account.
What you need to know is that the swap-free label is not only limited to particular types of accounts from the broker. Regular trading such as standard, mini, micro, cent, and others can also be called swap-free if the broker adds swap-free features in each of the accounts. Here are the most common rules that brokers use in their swap-free accounts:
1. Islamic Traders Only
In this type of account, forex brokers specifically provide swap-free features for Muslims. To make sure of the trader's identity, brokers will add extra procedures and unique verification process. Some of the brokers that provide this kind of swap-free account are JustForex, IC Markets, Exness, FXOptimax, HotForex, and XM.
2. The Maximum Duration of Position
Sometimes, a swap-free account does not always free from the risk of rollover. The swap-free account has an expiration date in some brokers, which varies from three to more than ten days in total. FXPrimus is one of the brokers that use this limitation. This broker will set a commission for trading positions that are opened for more than a week. FxPro is also known for this kind of policy.
3. The Commission
Free from swap doesn't guarantee that traders will be free from the overnight commission. In reality, some brokers charge fees, perhaps as a swap rate replacement so they don't have to cover the negative rates. One of them is Alpari, which charges a fixed fee in a swap-free account. It is not mentioned as the difference in interest rates but rather the type of pair and the number of trading lots.
On the other hand, Forex.com charges a $2.50 flat rate per Mini lot or $25 per standard lot for overnight positions. One certain thing that they have in common: the amount of commission charged is fixed and doesn't follow the dynamics of interest rates.
4. Special Trading Conditions
This policy is most commonly found among swap-free accounts provided by forex brokers. In this policy, swap-free is not only positioned as an extra feature in regular accounts but has become a special trading account with its own specifications.
If you register in a broker that provides a swap-free account as a particular type of account, then make sure you observe and pay attention to its terms and conditions, and make sure that they are not in contrast with your trading conditions. Some of the brokers that use this policy are Tickmill, GKFX Prime, and Grand Capital.
Other than the four rules stated above, many other policies can be applied by a forex broker specifically. For example, FXTM doesn't provide swap-free for exotic pair trading, ThinkMarkets does a particular monitoring method to prevent abuses (especially by scalpers), and many more. For more details and the complete list of forex brokers offering swap-free trading, visit this page.
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Because of that, I got hit by an MC. It's not about the money, it's about trust. Please improve your service immediately. I only trade a small amount yet still cheated. Can't imagine if I deposit a big amount of money. My... my...
Sicilia RZJul 27 2020
Hi admin, I am new to forex and try to open a demo account on FXTM.
I find it very useful, they provide a forex video tutorial for a newbie like me. thank you FXTM.
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I trade with 2 brokers, one of them is FXTM. I have been trading on FXTM for 1 year, a little of my experience on the FXTM ECN account:
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I just traded on fxtm but it was very disappointing.
I took the GBP position, early in the morning the price dropped dramatically to 1.20209.
I check my account on another broker, it hits the take profit. Which made me feel weird because on fxtm the price is up to 1.14677, so my account was negative. When I calculated, my account balance supposed to still strong, but in reality, my account is in minus.
Jeanice GoiJul 24 2020
Hi, just want to share about MT4 trading on fxtm, it's been around 7 months and during that time, I've never experienced freeze on its mt4. Nice job. And for my account manager, thanks for the support
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Halim KJul 24 2020
Just a little experience, for those who like Scalping, ECN accounts on fxtm is recommended. It has a fairly low spread and execute on MT4 very fast. This is what I like.
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In real trading, I often experience Slippage, and there is always a widening of the spread, for example in GBP / USD the spread often widens to 60-70. And I have experienced it myself. I hope this will be useful info for other traders. Regards.
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I lost hope after they closed all my profiting trades and when I check the trading history, there's no trades showing up it like I didn't open any trades. When I talked to live support they said I had trades opened but they were all closed because of margin call. That's really wierd and suspicious.
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So many questions about this broker. After a few good trades the broker encouraged me to increase my account balance. He then reccomended some trades in silver tipped by their expert in commodities. I questioned the trade size but was assured it was safe. Then the trade was stopped. I wonder whether this breaches the code for treatment of retail clients.
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MaynakasSep 11 2020
I was encouraged to share my opinion as the last reviewer has some issue with withdrawal as well so I feel not alone with the issue.
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Opened an account to trade stock CFDs, i thought they must have had a promotion on as they do not charge any commissions what so ever for trading stocks. I did contact one of their reps and they confirmed that commission free on stocks was here to stay. It's great, i can trade as little or as much as i want without getting hit with commission tickets and go long or short. For the past month I've been day trading US stocks, the volatility has been great and i can be in and out of trades all the time. They do need to increase the number of stocks they do as it is limited to the big names only. I've also started hedging via their US indexes, still trying to find the perfect strategy!
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Camilla HSep 11 2020
I have a mini account for testing trading strategies, for about 2 years everything went very well. Recently I faced a problem with some orders opened at unrealistic prices, followed by huge slippages for S/L. I completed a request for investigation, promptly and fairly they confirmed that the trades were erroneously opened due to AUDUSD spike and they refunded me. I stopped trading just because it wasn't suited, I mostly placed buy stop orders that were risky at spikes.
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I heard that if you start to complain to this broker, you'll know that they are actually certified from countries in Bermuda, not FCA, AFCA, etc.
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Most importantly, in choosing a broker, make sure to understand every policy in their swap-free account and find the one that suits your needs. Do not hesitate to turn one down and find another because a swap-free account is already quite common among brokers. You won't run out of choices of a good forex broker with an ideal swap-free trading condition.
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