Now we have explained what spreads are and how they are calculated, it is important to stress the critical difference between the standard market maker broker with their advertised fixed spreads, and how an ECN - STP broker (such as FXCC) operates, whilst offering access to the true market spreads. And how a broker operating an ECN - STP model is the right choice (arguably the only choice) for traders who consider themselves professionals.
Leverage offered by Pepperstone is determined by regulation and the broker itself. Traders located in Europe choosing Pepperstone Limited (FCA regulated) are limited to 30:1 for a retail investor account. Only professional traders who meet the Financial Conduct Authority requirements once approved can receive the maximum leverage offered by Pepperstone of 500:1. Other traders who open an account with Pepperstone Group Limited such as those located in Australia can receive the maximum of 500:1.