FAQ

Answers to most common questions are gathered in this section. If you cannot find the answer, do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.

Company

Scandinavian Capital Markets SCM AB has its headquarters at Kistagången 16, Stockholm, Sweden.
Scandinavian Capital Markets Ltd. has its headquarters at Law Partners House, Kumul Highway, Port Vila, Vanuatu.
Scandinavian Capital Markets SCM AB is registered with the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority (Finansinspektionen) under No. 80438. Company Registration No. 556863-5972.
Scandinavian Capital Markets Ltd. is registered with and regulated by the Vanuatu Financial Services Commission (VFSC) under No. 700472.
Please use this link to the Swedish Financial Inspection (Finansinspektionen) corporate register to confirm the status of Scandinavian Capital Markets SCM AB: https://www.fi.se/sv/vara-register/foretagsregistret/details?id=115111

Please use this link to the Vanuatu Financial Services Commission (VFSC) corporate register to confirm the status of Scandinavian Capital Markets Ltd.: https://www.vfsc.vu/vanuatu-international-companies/viewInstance/view.html?id=a5c1e83ff0a6678be468f768b72c2c5ad6ecf10f6570eef6f7363cc841fcd5cc1ec775c3436ecc1a
It means that FX is not classified as a financial instrument in Sweden and is thus not subject to supervision like other asset classes.
Scandinavian Capital Markets was founded by a group of senior trading professionals from Sweden with extensive experience in the FX market. The management has held many senior roles in institutional financial companies and has been able to utilize that knowledge in Scandinavian Capital Markets.
Correct, Scandinavian Asset Management runs its trading strategies through Scandinavian Capital Markets and the companies are indeed linked to one another.
We offer our services to residents of all countries except for the U.S., Afghanistan, Belarus, Burma, Burundi, Central African Republic, China, Congo, Cuba, Egypt, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Maldives, Mali, Moldova, Nicaragua, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Venezuela, Yemen, and Zimbabwe. Due to the Dodd-Frank regulation we only accept US clients if they meet the criteria of an Eligible Contract Participant (ECP).
Please be advised that we can only consider accepting US-based clients if they meet the criteria of an Eligible Contract Participant (ECP). For individuals, the criterion is $10M+ aggregated discretionary investments in their own name or $5M if hedging.
It is your responsibility to report and pay your tax according to the laws of your local jurisdiction.
No, Scandinavian Capital Markets does not operate a dealing desk. Scandinavian Capital Markets business model is strictly an agency model that facilitates STP trades to the market.
We are not a part of a compensation scheme, however we have been in business for 8 years and the company is very well capitalised. We are also a purely STP brokerage which means we do not take any risk in the business and we keep the funds segregated with some of the most well-capitalised banks in the world.
There are usually no re-quotes and Scandinavian Capital Markets does not take the other side of any client trades. All orders are sent to our liquidity providers for execution. Sometimes there can be re-qoutes if there is no market at the specific price.

Funds

Scandinavian Capital Markets is a true STP/ECN Forex broker. This means that we aggregate the best bid and ask prices from deep liquidity pools in the underlying FX market. These prices are provided by top-tier investment banks.
Scandinavian Capital Markets holds client deposits in segregated accounts with Tier One banks, which means client funds are never commingled with the company assets. As such, client funds are only used to cover margin for the clients trading purposes and are never used in the company’s balance sheet.
Yes, client funds are fully segregated from our corporate funds.
Client funds are held in top-tier European banks (for Scandinavian Capital Markets SCM AB) and top-tier Asian-Pacific banks (for Scandinavian Capital Markets Ltd.).
For accounts opened with the Swedish entity the minimum deposit is $10,000. In case you are affiliated with one of our partners it is $3,000.
For accounts opened with the Vanuatu entity the minimum deposit is $500.
Accounts opened with the Swedish entity can be funded only by bank wire transfer.
Accounts opened with the Vanuatu entity can be funded by credit card and by bank wire transfer.
Scandinavian Capital Markets always convert at the spot rate.
We do not charge any kind of withdrawal or deposit fees for bank wires. In case of funding an account opened with the Vanuatu entity by credit card, we charge a 9% commission on payments exceeding $1000.
Please bear in mind your bank might charge some fees for these operations. Please check with your bank.
Yes, but the bank will convert your funds upon arrival at not the most favourable rate.
Provided that all trades in the account are closed, withdrawals are processed within one business day.
The client portal allows you to move funds between your different trading accounts yourself. Click the "move funds" button that appears below your trading accounts and execute your transfer.
Please write your name and your trading account number.

Accounts

Scandinavian Capital Markets forex accounts are designed for retail and institutional traders, money managers, introducing brokers and professional (active) traders. We offer several account types, please see the Accounts page for additional information.
Deposits are accepted in USD, EUR, and GBP.
Please proceed to our application page (app.scandinavianmarkets.com). Start filling out your application and select Corporate Account on the second step.
Account registration applications are approved within 1 business day.
Scandinavian Capital Markets does not charge any fees for opening or maintenance of accounts.
You should receive your password reset link instantly once you request it from Spotware. After you have reset your password, you can log in with your new password right away. If your new password does not work, you should just request a new password reset link and create a new password.
To request a withdrawal, log in to your account click on the "withdrawals" tab, and submit the form.
Send an email to support@scandinavianmarkets.com. If your account is managed, you also need to submit an LPOA revocation.
We offer MAMs (Multi Account Manager) accounts. Please refer to this page for more information.

Trading

The market is open from Sunday at 22:00 to Friday at 21:55 GMT with certain differences on other instruments. Also, in order to protect customers between 21:59 – 22:01 daily pricing is non-executable.
At the Equinix LD4 Data Centre in London.
The maximum leverage for accounts opened with the Swedish entity is 100:1.
The maximum leverage for accounts opened with the Vanuatu entity is 500:1.
The maximum leverage for cryptocurrencies is 5:1.
You will need to submit a leverage change request in your client portal. Click the "leverage change button" next to your accounts and enter the leverage you wish to use.
Scandinavian Capital Markets never takes the other side of our clients trades. We send 100% of our order flow to the liquidity providers.
We offer about 60 trading pairs, which are slightly different for MT4 and cTrader. You are welcome to refer to full lists of pairs for MT4 and for cTrader. If there is a special pair you trade, please let us know and we can create a custom account for you.
You can view the list of our indicative spreads here. They are indicative because as an ECN-STP broker we feed our spreads directly from our liquidity providers. To test the actual spreads we recommend that you sign up for a live account and monitor the spreads from our live account. You do not need to fund the account right away.
In general this is true. This being said, the main purpose of a demo account is to test the platform functionality. You should not rely on them for testing spreads or swaps. We recommend that you open a live account and monitor the spreads from our live account. You do not need to fund the account right away.
Scandinavian Capital Markets welcomes the use of EAs.
Correct, we do offer FIX API. For the smoothest experience with FIX API we recommend that you use the cTrader platform.
From our end, it can be as low as 2 milliseconds, because the servers are co-located to our liquidity providers. But that does not factor in the time it takes for your order to be sent to us and for us to send back the confirmation. This delay is impossible to determine. However, please be assured that we pride ourselves in providing world-class execution to professional traders and institutions which are very dependable on rapid order execution.
By stopping pricing during this time it saves clients from getting stopped out due to spread widening, and also save them from seeing massive slippage during this period of time.
This is to protect clients so they won’t get stopped out due to spread widening, and they also will not receive slippage.
It is absolutely possible to trade precious metals, such as gold and silver, with our company.
Absolutely. You can trade over 100 crypto pairs with 5:1 leverage on both cTrader and MT4.
Indices and oil can be traded by opening an account with our regulated Vanuatu entity (Scandinavian Capital Markets Ltd.).
Unfortunately, we do not provide stocks, futures or options.
On MT4 it is 50 lots per client, on cTrader it is $5 million per click.
Both MT4 and cTrader accounts that we offer are hedging.
Correct, you are able to hedge trades on both MT4 and cTrader.
At Scandinavian Capital Markets Margin Call is generated when the available margin utilization reaches 100%. This information is displayed directly on the trading platform. If after a Margin Call the trader took no action (add funds; close some trades) and the available margin drops to 80% of the amount needed to maintain the positions (“negative margin”), Stop-Out occurs. The largest positions are being closed first.
As part of managed account system you will have to request the order size to be changed by backoffice, in this case you should ask that your account should be receiving 100% of the order size of the provider. Keep in mind that there are also other factors, such as your account size and available margin.

Platforms

We offer cTrader and MT4. cTrader is accessible on any operating system since it provides web access, which means you can access it using your web browser. MT4 is available on Windows and the Mac (with an OS version earlier than MacOS Catalina).
In order to access the web version of cTrader you need to go to ct.scandinavianmarkets.com.
It is absolutely possible to trade on Mac OS. You can either choose the cTrader platform which has web-based access fully compatible with Mac OS or download MT4 software for Mac. Please be aware that MT4 for Mac does not work on MacOS Catalina and later, because of the end of support of 24-bit applications.
In order to set up the MT4 trading platform on Mac OS, please refer to the following instructions: www.metatrader4.com/en/trading-platform/help/userguide/install_mac Please be aware that MT4 for Mac does not work on MacOS Catalina and later, because of the end of support of 24-bit applications.
Please use the links below to download MetaTrader 4 for your mobile device: iOS: apps.apple.com/us/app/metatrader-4/id496212596 Android: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.metaquotes.metatrader4
Please use the links below to download cTrader for your mobile device: iOS: apps.apple.com/app/scm-ctrader/id1490558606 Android: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.scm.ct (they can also be found on the platform under Links).
To see all the available symbols you simply need to right-click on the symbols menu and select 'Show all'.
In your MT4 terminal, open the Journal tab at the bottom. Right-click in the middle of the tab, select open, a folder with your logs will open up.
To change your MetaTrader 4 password, go to Tools>Options and under the 'Server' tab, select 'Change Password'.

Affiliate Program

Yes, we offer an affiliate program for both corporations and individuals. Please contact us for more detail
Introducing brokers receive 20% of revenue generated from their referrals.
After you open an affiliate account you can refer customers by sending them your affiliate link. When they click the affiliate link and open a trading account, they are recorded as your referrals in your IB portal. You can also ask them to send an email with their full name, account number, and your affiliate account number to support@scandinavianmarkets.com. You will be receiving your rebates at the end of each day.
There are no particular requirements for joining the affiliate program.
There is no limit. You can withdraw funds at the end of each day if you wish.

MAM/Fund Managers

To be set up for MAM you need to have at least two funded accounts.
Your client will have to sign up for a live account on our website. Once the application is approved, our compliance team will draft an LPOA (Limited Power of Attorney) for you and your client to sign that will also set out the fees you will be charging.
Performance fees are usually paid out on a monthly basis and are credited to your account on the trading platform.

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Answers to commonly asked questions

The market is open from Sunday at 22:00 to Friday at 21:55 GMT with certain differences on other instruments. Also, in order to protect customers between 21:59 – 22:01 daily pricing is non-executable.
On MT4 it is 50 lots per client, on cTrader it is $5 million per click.

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