OK, here is my latest understanding. The charts for Futures show us the last traded price unlike spot which usually shows the bid price constantly. There's always a bid and ask price on futures, usually 1 tick for 6E (I checked Dorman and they have 1 tick as well, see a couple of posts above).
So my conclusion at the moment is that the chart is showing where buyers & sellers are being matched giving the impression there is no spread.
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Since the trading of a futures contract like 6E / 6B is on an exchange as opposed to the spot FX market, the standard chart plots the 'traded' price instead of the ask line or the bid line, which are not points on the chart.
A zero spread happens momentarily but I guess given the liquidity during non-news events the arb folks jump in and ask/bid goes back to a spread situation.
Why trade futures over spot?
Because then you are trading on a 'real' exchange and not for e.g. against your broker/dealer or are not at the mercy of artifically widening spreads etc. The difference (positive) is enormous.
Last edited by iqgod; March 18th, 2013 at 06:13 AM.