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Confused about emini futures spread

Hello traders,

I'm somewhat confused about what spread means in the emini futures market. I've been trading forex for some time now and in forex because of this spread as soon as you enter the market be it through a market, limit or stop order you are at a loss right away but with eminis it seems to me that sometimes you are and sometimes you aren't. Usually if I enter using a market order I will be at loss by 1 tick but if I press the buy bid button and if I get filled it seems that I'm not at a loss by one tick. I'm a little confused on this, can someone explain how this really works?

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Hello traders,

I'm somewhat confused about what spread means in the emini futures market. I've been trading forex for some time now and in forex because of this spread as soon as you enter the market be it through a market, limit or stop order you are at a loss right away but with eminis it seems to me that sometimes you are and sometimes you aren't. Usually if I enter using a market order I will be at loss by 1 tick but if I press the buy bid button and if I get filled it seems that I'm not at a loss by one tick. I'm a little confused on this, can someone explain how this really works?

Other lags (location etc.) aside:
Untrained persons have reaction times of 200-300 ms, professional gamers about 120-150 ms.
No chance vs HFT systems with <3 ms of reaction time.

Especially the ES is by far more liquid than any interbank forex or forex future.
Consequently most of the time the bid (or market) will only be near to the position where
you saw it when you hit the button.

P.S.: In sports, anything below 100ms counts as false start


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Hello traders,

I'm somewhat confused about what spread means in the emini futures market. I've been trading forex for some time now and in forex because of this spread as soon as you enter the market be it through a market, limit or stop order you are at a loss right away but with eminis it seems to me that sometimes you are and sometimes you aren't. Usually if I enter using a market order I will be at loss by 1 tick but if I press the buy bid button and if I get filled it seems that I'm not at a loss by one tick. I'm a little confused on this, can someone explain how this really works?

Market order (for buying, as example) means you buy at the best available asking price (aggressive order as you buy whatever that is available at that moment).
Limit order (for buying, as example) means you buy at the best bidding price (passive order as you buy by queuing for it).

Forex is probably a manipulated market as it is unregulated.

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