March 18, 2016

Question:Order execution is slow on MT4/MT5. How can I improve the speed?


There are various reasons that affect the quality of order executions.

To improve the connection and make the execution speed better, there are some solutions.

*In this case, slow connection means, taking time about 2 – 3 or more seconds to open/close positions.

1. Re-scan the server

If your account is compatible with other servers than the one you are using, you are able to connect with them and trade.

Sometimes changing the server may help the connection quality and even improve the execution speed.

To re-scan the server:

Click on the numbers at the right bottom corner of the MT4 screen, and select “Rescan servers”.

Your account will be disconnected just one moment, and reconnect the server again with the most strong signal(connection).

MT4 rescan the server

*Please note that by rescaning the server, you will be disconnected and trailing stops will be cancelled and your EAs will not work in that moment.

2. Close other programs

MT4 is a RAM consuming program that may affect the processing speed of your PC itself.

If the execution speed is slow, please try:

  1. Close extra charts and indicator/EAs
  2. Close other applications running in your PC
  3. Close other MT4s if you are running more than one

Please try to not burden your PC with too much work.

3. Use other devices

Sometimes the problem is on the internet connection or your device side.

You may try using different devices or different internet connection to see if you can trade on better environment.

It is meaningless that if FBS offers best execution environment or not, if you don’t have the required system prepared.

Internet connection and Slippage are a couple

If your connection is slow, slippage often happens as it fails to find the available price at the moment in the market.

If you feel like your computer is running slow, you may need to take that into consideration.

*Slippage happens especially when you open a larger positions like 10 – 20 lots, as many brokers do not have that much liquidity at the tightest spread they offer.

Have you got any other questions? Contact FBS support team today from the Official Website.

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