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Rely on our execution technology to give you a competitive edge in volatile, fast moving markets.

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Seize opportunities in rapidly moving markets with our market-leading execution technology.

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Time between order requested and platform execution.
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Percentage of trades executed in less than one second between order and execution.
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Including all valid trades and orders executed by our trading platforms.

Execute orders at improved prices with our best execution policy

Our best execution policy means we’ll always deliver the fastest possible execution on all trades across our suite of award-winning platforms and apps, giving you the best possible price.

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Percentage of limit orders executed at improved price
Percentage of limit orders filled at a better price than requested.
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Percentage difference between the filled and executed price on limit orders for non-FX markets.
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Difference in pips between requested and filled price on limit orders on FX markets.
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Percentage of limit orders executed at price or better
Percentage of limit orders executed at the requested, or better, price.

Frequently asked questions

How does a trade get executed?

How a trade gets executed depends on the market you’re trading and the derivative you’re using to trade it. But essentially, when you confirm your trade, we’ll instantly check whether your specified price is still available.

Once we’ve confirmed that we can execute your order according to your specifications, we’ll let you know that the trade is live in our platform. Over 99% of the time, this will happen in less than a second.

Learn more about the platforms you can trade on with City Index.

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How long does a trade take to execute?

With City Index, the average trade will execute in just 0.05 seconds – that’s the time between us receiving your order and opening the trade on your behalf. We execute 99.83% of trades in less than one second, and 99.99% of all trades are processed successfully.

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What is slippage?

Slippage is when an order is executed at a worse price than where you specified. If you place a buy order in the FTSE 100 at 7500, but it executes at 7502, for example, slippage has occurred – because you’ve bought the underlying market at a higher price than your order.

Slippage can occur in fast-moving markets, when prices move beyond the level you can see on our platform before we’re able to execute your order. There are a few different ways of limiting the risk of slippage in your trading, including using limit orders or guaranteed stop loss orders.

Learn more about the types of orders you can use when trading.

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