Trading starts at 15:00

I am new to Freetrade, but, I was wondering whether what we saw today with not being able to do anything until 15:00 was because of the FX provider issues?

Intrigued to know if someone could help out, please!

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Welcome! There’s an article explaining below and from another thread the engineering team are working on solutions over the weekend to see if they can work around it somehow next week

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US trading is ordinarily 1430-2100 UK time while the LSE is open 0830-1630
FYI within each stock page you should be able to click a link that opens the respective market times for that stock too :grinning:

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Thanks so much for the explanation!

So, if the market had opened normally today (which by my reckoning, I wasn’t able to buy/sell at 14:30 because of the FX issues), I’d have been able to trade live without any issue from 14:30? An order placed BEFORE market opens is executed at the price it is at 15:00?

Is the 30 minutes after opening for Basic Orders to give time for it to execute?

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Yup. Exactly.

Not sure of the exact reason behind it. If I had to guess, I’d assume it’s to give the price time to stabilise after any opening spikes or dips.

I think zacs right and it also aligns that before freetrade made all instant trades free (used to be £1) most free transactions occurred in one big batch at 3pm so maybe a throwback?

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I remember the days of 3pm orders. Good memories

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The good old days ay…:blush:

The days we were glad to have a free stock broker even if it meant delayed trades.

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