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Queen's Birthday Market Hours

Monday 8th of June 2015

Monday the 8th of June is the Queen's Birthday Weekend in Australia. This will temporarily influence market hours for the AUS200 Stock Index as well as bank wire funding and withdrawal services.

Normal bank wire funding and withdrawals will resume on the 9th of June. Accordingly, please ensure that you have adequate funding in your account to accommodate for the pause in normal bank wire transfer services. POLi transfers for Australian and New Zealand residents will still be available, allowing for instant bank transfers.

Throughout this Australian holiday, Pepperstone will continue to provide their excellent support.

All other Pepperstone products will continue to trade as normal.

WebTrader Is Now Live

Wednesday 3rd of June 2015

Pepperstone is pleased to announce the release of their new cloud-based WebTrader for MT4.

Available to Pepperstone live clients only, the new WebTrader allows traders to access full market depth on the go, and the convenience of single-click order entry, all encased within a cutting-edge, user friendly interface.

The intuitive, sleek and fully responsive interface is designed with the mobile, tablet and desktop traders in mind. The adaptive user interface responds to your desktop or mobile device and displays the appropriate version of the platform.

Trade on the go with this new convenient and powerful, cloud-based trading platform.

Queen's Birthday Update

Tuesday 2nd of June 2015

Please be advised that IC Markets will not be processing deposits and withdrawals on Monday, 8th June 2015 due to the Queen's Birthday holiday in Australia.

However, their accounts department have extended the cut off time for withdrawals request on Friday. Clients can send in their Withdrawal requests up until 2pm AEST on Friday, 5th June 2015.

Clients of AxiTrader now have access to Equity Index CFD's, Commodity CFD's and to their Pro Account Service on the MT4 Trading Platform.

Their range of popular Equity Index CFD's include markets from Europe, Asia and United States.

Pro Accounts Are Now Available

AxiTrader Pro account service offers clients a commission based pricing option with reduced bid-offer spreads.

Commissions are charged in the Account Currency and are based on the number of standard contracts bought or sold in each transaction. In the case of a fraction of a contract, the Commission is charged on a pro-rata basis.

Standard Account

No commissions are charged on transactions executed in AxiTrader Standard Accounts.

Change in Initial Margin Requirements

Effective close of business on 8 June, 2015 AxiTrader's initial margin system for currencies will be changed.

As each currency pair has its own particular liquidity, volatility and differing political and economic risks, Their initial margining system needs to adapt and reflect the underlying market conditions.

The immediate impact for clients who trade some currency pairs will be an increase in initial margin requirements. This means that the portion of your account balance allocated to a particular trade will now be a better reflection of the currency's risk.

The new initial margin requirements will apply to all open transactions from close of business on 8 June, 2015.

All clients are advised to ensure they have enough Equity in their accounts to meet the new requirements and avoid any unnecessary liquidation of positions.

Full Contract Specifications & Margin Requirements

Please ensure you review the full list of tradable products in our Product Schedule.

New Clients

You can open an AxiTrader account here.

HotForex would like to inform you that the latest build of the MT4 Platform (825 and above) will not support Windows XP Service Pack 2 and earlier versions of Windows.

If you are using Windows XP Service Pack 2 or an earlier version, you can update your computer to Windows XP Service Pack 3 or a newer version, in order to avoid any disruption to your trading activity. Please note that you can't update your MT4 platform if you have not updated your computer to the aforementioned Windows version.

If you have already updated your MT4 and you are not able to update your Windows version, please click here to download the previous version of MT4.

Memorial Day Schedule

Friday 22nd of May 2015

Please find the IC Markets updated trading schedule and general information for the Memorial Day Holiday on Monday May 25, 2015. All times mentioned below are Platform time( GMT +3)


22nd May 2015 - Normal Trading Hours - Trading Ends at 24:00
25th May 2015 - Normal Trading Hours


22nd May 2015 - Normal Trading Hours
25th May 2015 - Regular Open at 01:00( 18:00 EDT, 24th May)
25th May 2015 - Trading ends at 20:00
26th May 2015- Trading reopens at 01:00

On May 25, 2015, Memorial Day in the US is being observed and the following schedule is to be observed from an operational perspective for May 25, 2015 & trading perspective for May 24-26 2015:


Funding/Withdrawals: No deposits will be processed on May 25, 2015. Bank Wire withdrawals will be processed on May 25, 2015. All other withdrawal methods will be limited on May 25, 2015.

The new MetaTrader 4 platform build 825 will be released on the 22nd of May 2015, delivering you more top of the line trading tools to put your trading strategy to good use.

Support for MetaTrader 4 client terminal builds below 745 will be discontinued, therefore to ensure you benefit from the latest technology advances, please update your MetaTrader 4 to the latest available build.

Some of the most important features available on the new build include:

  • Indicators and EA rentals and purchases through the MetaQuotes portal
  • Spread is now displayed for each instrument
  • Indicators back testing through the Strategy Tester
  • ... and many more.