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The Ultimate Guide to
Choosing a Broker
For last Look
Not sure which broker is right for you?
Don’t worry - we’ve got you covered. In this guide, you’ll learn:
- Why ThinkMarkets scored high for last look (Jump to section)
- Who ThinkMarkets is (and isn’t) suitable for (Jump to section)
- An in-depth feature comparison of the top #3 brokers (Jump to section)
- An overview on last look (Jump to section)
What is the Best Trading Platform
for last Look?
ThinkMarkets scored best in our review of the top brokers for last look, which takes into account 120+ factors across eight categories. Here's the full list of all the brokers we considered.
The following brokers allow last look on their platform:
Here are some areas where ThinkMarkets scored highly in:
- 8+ years in business
- Offers + instruments
- A range of platform inc. MT4, Mac, Web Trader, Tablet & Mobile apps
- 24/7 customer service
- Tight spreads from 0.1 pips
- Used by + traders
- Allows hedging
- 2 languages
- Leverage up to 1:400
ThinkMarkets offers two ways to trade: Forex, CFDs. If you wanted to trade EURUSD through copy trading or other means, skip to part two.
The two most important categories in our rating system are the cost of trading and the broker’s trust score. To calculate a broker’s trust score, we take into account a range of factors, including their regulation history, years in business, liquidity provider etc.
ThinkMarkets have a B trust score, which is good. This is largely down to them being regulated by Financial Conduct Authority and ASiC, segregating client funds, being established for over 8 years, and much more. For comparison:
Trust Score comparsion
|Regulated by||Financial Conduct Authority and ASiC|
|Uses tier 1 banks|
|Segregates client funds|
The second thing we look for is the competitiveness of the spreads, and what fees they charge. We've compared these in detail in part three of this guide.
Who ThinkMarkets is (& Isn’t)
As mentioned, ThinkMarkets allows you to trade in two ways: Forex, CFDs.
- CFD Trading
- Forex Trading
ThinkMarkets offer a wide range of instruments to trade including forex pairs, indices, and cryptocurrencies . In fact, they’re one of the few brokers to offer not only Bitcoin trading but also and many more. In the following section we’ve listed ThinkMarkets’s spreads for a range of popular instruments. You can also see a more detailed breakdown of how ThinkMarkets’s spreads compare in this ThinkMarkets review
ThinkMarkets is also suitable for traders looking to trade with an ECN broker. ECN trading allows the trader to get access to the actual pricing of instruments as set by the banks and liquidity providers, rather than relying on the broker to set the price. To open an ECN account with ThinkMarkets you will need a minimum deposit of $2000.
Finally, ThinkMarkets isn't available in the following countries: AF, Yugoslavia, AO, GM, NG, AW, GH, KR, BY, GN, BO, GN, PK, BW, HT, PG, IR, PN Island, Burma MM, IQ, RW, KH, , SN, CF, JP, Sierra, Leone, TD, KG, SO, CI , LB, SZ, CU, LS, SY, of CG, LR, TJ, DJ, LY, Tanzania, EC, Laos, TG, ER, ML, TM, ET, MN, UG, Falkland Islands, NA, US of America, FJ, NI, YE, ZW.
A Comparison of ThinkMarkets vs. vs.
Want to see how ThinkMarkets stacks up against and ? We've compared their spreads, features, and key information below.
Spread & fee comparsionThe spreads below are illustrative. For more accurate pricing information, click on the names of the brokers at the top of the table to open their websites in a new tab.
|FTSE 100 Spread||N/A|
Comparison of account & trading features
|Accounts offered||Mini account, ECN account, Islamic account, standard account, VIP account|
|Platforms||MT4, Mac, Web Trader, Tablet & Mobile apps|
|Risk management features||Guaranteed limit order, limit order, one click trading, trailing stops and price alerts|
|Funding methods||Payoneer, Credit cards, Bank transfer, Neteller, BPAY, UnionPay, FasaPay, DebitCard,|
What is ‘Last Look’ in Online FX Trading?
‘Last look’ is a term that many online traders may have come across in the small print of their broker’s terms and conditions for order execution. Traders may not have paid a great deal of attention to this caveat or truly understood what it refers to. However, unless a trader is working from pure direct market access (DMA)/Straight Through Processing (STP), then their market maker broker, the liquidity provider (LP), may take advantage of ‘last look’ rights when processing trade price orders.
What Does ‘Last Look’ Mean?
When trading forex pair CFDs within a broker’s platform, a price feed on a particular market is provided live. When placing a trade, whether short or long, the opening price should theoretically be the ‘ask’ price given at the moment the trader hits the button to place a trade. However, ‘last look’, gives the liquidity provider, which will be the market maker broker (unless trading with a DMA/STP account), the right to reject the other side of the order at the quoted price. The order is then executed at the next best price that the liquidity provider can offer.
From the trader’s point of view the problem with ‘last look’ order processing is that if the ‘ask’ price is adjusted at the last look, point of execution slippage can result. If the order is passed down through several liquidity providers to find a closer match to the originally provided price, slippage can be significant.
Why Do Market Makers and LPs Retain Last Look Rights?
With slippage one of the most significant irritants to traders, it might not seem like it makes a great deal of sense for brokers to practice last look if they wish to be attractive to traders in a competitive market. And yet, some brokers still retain last look rights and act on them by rejecting orders. Why?
Because spot FX prices are not set by and processed through a centralised exchange as is the case with equities and commodities, market makers are more exposed to quick changes in the conditions of underlying markets. ‘Last look’ gives a market maker a couple of hundred milliseconds to reject an order price if it considers it no longer makes business sense to offer it.
Pros & Cons of Last Look for Traders
Many traders argue that ‘last look’ is a relic of the past and there is no longer any justification for liquidity providers to employ it. In the earlier days of online trading, the technology of liquidity providers was much slower than that of professional buy-side traders and ‘last look’ was a necessary precaution to prevent them from being regularly badly stung. Buy-side advocates of ‘last look’ being abolished maintain that the technology infrastructure now available to liquidity providers long ago caught up and it now simply gives them an unfair edge over traders.
Other cons for traders that last look can result in is that not all price quotes provided on feeds can necessarily always be executed on. This means that slippage becomes a more regular event and execution speed of placing trades can be reduced when last look refusal is employed.
However, last look is not all bad for traders. Having the right to reject orders if they wish means that market makers are able to offer tighter spreads than would otherwise be the case. Bigger orders can also be placed as last look means liquidity providers are less concerned about being badly exposed.
If traders do want to avoid exposure to last look, trading with a regulated ECN broker is one of the best ways to go about this.
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