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Slippage and spread?

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Slippage and spread?

Spread: I understand what spread means in forex but what does it mean in futures? In forex, usually before and during a news event, the spread widens and you pay more to play (never knowing exactly how much until after you have entered) but with futures, my round trip fee is fixed so how does spread come into it?

Slippage: If I go long on CL with a sell stop limit below for my stop, my order will be lifted at that price whereas a normal stop order will most likely suffer some slippage on a thin market. How wrong have I got it?

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