What is Gap Level? Which Accounts and Instrument Groups is Gap Level Regulation applied to Exness?

What is Gap Level? Which Accounts and Instrument Groups is Gap Level Regulation applied to Exness?
Gap Level Regulation is used to limit slippage for pending orders and is applied when the price of your pending order falls inside a price gap due to volatility or other factors.

Gap Level Regulation applies to the following account types: Standard Cent, Standard, Pro, Standard Plus, Raw Spread, and Zero accounts.

What is Gap Level?

Gap Level represents the difference in pips between the requested price of a pending order and the first market price after a gap.

Different trading instruments have different Gap Level values. (Refer to the table below for Gap Level values.)


When is Gap Level Regulation applied?

Gap Level Regulation is applied when the requested price specified in your pending order falls within the gap. According to this regulation, if the difference in pips between the first market price (after the gap) and the requested price of your order is equal to or exceeds a certain number of pips (Gap Level) for a particular instrument, your order will be executed at the first market price after the gap. If the difference is less than the Gap Level, your order will be executed at your requested price.


Which accounts and instrument groups is Gap Level Regulation applied to?


Gap Level Regulation is applied to the following instruments:

  • all currency pairs with suffix -c (Standard Cent account)
  • all currency pairs with suffix -m (Standard account) including Crypto, Energies, Stocks and Indices.
  • all currency pairs with no suffix (Pro account, Raw Spread, Zero and Standard Plus) Crypto, Energies, Stocks and Indices.

Gap Level values for some common currency pairs:

Trading instrument Gap Level (in pips)
AUDUSD 10
EURUSD 8
GBPUSD 7
NZDUSD 16
USDCAD 10
USDCHF 10
USDJPY 8
XAUUSD 3 spreads**
BTCUSD 24

*Gap Level values are subject to change. Changes affect new and existing pending orders.

**Spread used is at the time of order execution. Please see Example 2 below.

Examples of Gap Level Regulation

Example 1:

You place a Buy Stop order for EURUSD at the price 1.30560. Then, a price gap appears. The last Ask price before the gap was 1.30550, and the first Ask price right after the gap was 1.30620. To determine the price that your Buy Stop order will be executed at, you need to find the difference in pips between the first Ask price after the gap and the price you specified in your order:

(1.30620 - 1.30560) = 0.00060 = 6 pips.

Now, check the table to find the Gap Level value for the instrument you are trading - in this case EURUSD, which is 8 pips.

Since 6

Example 2:

Imagine you placed a Stop Loss on a Buy XAUUSD order at 1817.635. A price gap appeared and the last Bid price before the gap was 1817.730, and the first Bid price after the gap was 1814.730. The Ask price at this time is 1815.030.

Spread = (Ask Price - Bid Price) / Pip Size

= (1815.030 - 1814.730) / 0.01

= 30 pips

Therefore, the gap level value for XAUUSD at the moment will be 3 x 30 = 90 pips

To find the price that your Buy order will be closed at, you need to check the difference in pips between the first Bid price after the gap and the price you specified in your order:

(1817.635 — 1814.730) / 0.01 =290.5 pips.

Since 290.5 90, as per the Gap Level Regulation, your Buy order will be executed at a Stop Loss of 1814.730.

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