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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.

Monday the 25th of May is Memorial Day in the United States and this will temporarily influence Market Closing Hours for Precious Metals.

Throughout this US holiday, Pepperstone will continue to provide standard support and funding hours.

Currency Market Hours will not be impacted by this holiday.

Pepperstone is pleased to announce No-Markup, Ultra Low Latency, Direct Market Access (DMA) CFDs with No Requotes are now available to all account holders.

Buy or Short Sell 9 Asset Classes via Ultra Low Latency Access to 80+ Primary and Secondary Derivatives and Commodities Exchanges through Pepperstone's Multi Award Winning Fibre Optic Network.

Diversify your trading strategies and hedge your existing equities market exposure by trading Index CFDs. Popular Stock Index CFD's they offer include the AUS200, US30, US 500, Japan 225 and the GER30.

Pepperstone's DMA CFDs are now available directly within Pepperstone's MetaTrader 4 and cTrader client terminals.

Market Trading Hours - Easter 2015

Tuesday 31st of March 2015

Between Friday the 3rd April and Monday the 6th April banks around the world will be closed for the Easter period. During this time Pepperstone will have limited live chat, phone support and funding availability.

Whilst their 24 Hour Emergency Trading Desk will operate as usual during the period - their customer support and funding hours will be reduced.

The Forex markets will be open throughout this period but liquidity is expected to be low. Precious Metal and Energy Markets will be closed on Friday the 3rd April but resume as normal Monday 6th April.

MT4 Server Time changing to GMT+3

Friday 6th of March 2015

On Sunday the 8th of March 2015, the Pepperstone MT4 Server time will move one hour forward to GMT +3 hours.

Pepperstone bases MT4 Server time on "5pm New York", the internationally recognised end-of-day in the forex markets. US Daylight Saving Time will start this Sunday the 8th of a March 2015. With the US turning clocks one hour forward the Pepperstone MT4 Server Time will also move one hour forward.

How does this affect me?

The only noticeable change that you will experience is that the Market Watch time in MT4 will now be set at GMT+3. This might not affect your trading at all - however, depending on your timezone, this may cause the market to open hour forward on Monday. The MT4 server time will still open at 0:00 on the charts.

What action must I take?

If you are using an EA with a GMT offset setting, then you must change the GMT offset to +3 prior to the market open on the 8th of March 2015.

If you do not use an EA with a GMT offset, no action is necessary.

Pepperstone DST changes

Presidents' Day is Monday the 16th of February, and on this US bank holiday there will be an early close for Energy & Precious Metal trading. There will be no changes to the FX market open hours and Pepperstone will operate normal customer support.

The Forex markets will be open throughout this period but liquidity is expected to be lower than normal. The Precious Metals and Energy symbols will close at 19:45 GMT+2, and then re-open 5 hours later at 01:00.

New Commodity Pair - Natural Gas - XNG/USD

Thursday 22nd of January 2015

Pepperstone has released an exciting new commodity pair for all traders: Natural Gas - symbol XNG/USD

Natural Gas is an energy commodity that is affected by factors such as unexpected weather related demand, fossil fuel prices as well as supply issues. Not as readily portable as Oil, gas markets are fragmented and localized economic factors can cause diverging prices in different regions. XNG/USD is based on US Natural Gas, and is driven by global factors as well as those that affect only the US market.

In recent years US natural gas has been fairly volatile, tripling from $2 to over $6 per MMBTU between 2012 and 2014, before crashing spectacularly back down to below $3 early this year. An unusually cold winter in early 2014 showed the effect that weather can have on this commodity as demand squeezed prices higher; with falling oil prices and a mild winter this year, the price has fallen to the lower end of its recent trading range.

To start trading Natural Gas now in your MT4 Platform, simply right-click on Market Watch panel and select 'Show All' - look for the XNG/USD to begin.