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Limit orders: Definition, example and FAQs

Get the exchange rate you want for your international money transfer when you place a limit order.

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Getting the best possible exchange rate is important whenever you send money overseas, but sometimes current market conditions don’t allow you access to the rate you want. This is where limit orders come to the rescue. A limit order allows you to choose the exchange rate at which you want to buy or sell a currency and your order will only be executed when the rate you want is available. These flexible tools offer a convenient way for you to stay on top of market developments, hedge your transfer and get the exchange rate you want for your transaction.

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Name Product Minimum Opening Deposit Minimum Spreads for Major Currencies Commission Minimum Trade Size Platforms
Plus500 Forex Trading
AUD 100
0.7 - 3.0 pips
$0
0.01 lots
Plus500 Web Trader
Margin FX is a complex financial product and traders are at high-risk of losing all of or more than their initial investment.
Finder exclusive offer: Open a new trading account and receive a welcome bonus of AU$110 when you deposit your first $370 and enter the bonus code “Special200”. T&C’s apply.
Open an account and experience Plus500's easy-to-use proprietary trading platform, 24/7 online chat support and free real-time forex quotes.
IC Markets Forex Trading (Raw Spread account)
USD 200
From 0.0-0.1 pips
AU$3.50 per 100k traded
0.01 lots
MetaTrader 4
MetaTrader 5
cTrader
Margin FX is a complex financial product and traders are at high-risk of losing all of or more than their initial investment.
eToro Forex Trading
USD 50
1.0 pips
$0
US$200 (to CopyTrade)
eToro Trading Platform
Margin FX is a complex financial product and traders are at high-risk of losing all of or more than their initial investment.
Social trading, advanced charting tools, plus receive exclusive benefits through the eToro Club (membership is tiered based on the equity in your trading account).
City Index Forex Trading
AUD 0
0.5 - 1.22 pips
$0
0.01 lots
MetaTrader 4
At Pro
Advantage Web
Margin FX is a complex financial product and traders are at high-risk of losing all of or more than their initial investment.
Choice of trading platforms, integrated Reuters news and device-synching so you can monitor trades across multiple devices.
IG Forex Trading
AUD 0
0.6 - 1.5 pips
$0
1 lot
MetaTrader 4
ProReal Time
Margin FX is a complex financial product and traders are at high-risk of losing all of or more than their initial investment.
Introductory offer: For the first two weeks of trading, take advantage of IG's lower minimum trade sizes to help you build confidence.
Choice of trading platforms. Choose optional extras like advanced charting, reporting and order types. Over 90 currency pairs to choose from.
Blueberry Markets Forex Trading
$100
From 0.0 pips
$0
0.01
MetaTrader4, MetaTrader5
Margin FX is a complex financial product and traders are at high-risk of losing all of or more than their initial investment.
Bottom of the market fees on forex, CFDs and commodities with 24/7 quality customer service.
CMC Markets
$0
0.7 - 1.5 pips
$0
0.01 lots
CFD Next Generation
MetaTrader 4
Margin FX is a complex financial product and traders are at high-risk of losing all of or more than their initial investment.
ThinkMarkets Forex Trading
No minimum for standard account, $500 for pro account
From 0 pips
$7 per trade
0.01
MetaTrader4, MetaTrader5, ThinkTrader
Margin FX is a complex financial product and traders are at high-risk of losing all of or more than their initial investment.
Trade forex, commodities and CFDs using MetaTrader4/MetaTrader5 platforms or access advanced analysis tools through ThinkTrader.
FP Markets (Standard Account)
AUD 200
0.1 - 1.1 pips
$0
0.01 lots
MetaTrader 4
MetaTrader 5
Margin FX is a complex financial product and traders are at high-risk of losing all of or more than their initial investment.
Low minimum opening deposit, real-time news and pricing, and customisable alerts based on news or technical trading indicators.
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Disclaimer: CFDs and forex are complex financial products that come with a high risk of losing money. Most retail client accounts lose money trading CFDs and forex. Consider whether you can afford to lose your money.

Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received Description CTA Details
AUD 2,000 1 day AUD 0.00 0.692 USD
6,920
TorFX guarantees to match any competitor's exchange rate. Conditions apply.
Send money overseas in 30+ currencies with competitive rates for transfer amounts over $2,000.
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AUD 2,000 1 day AUD 0.00 0.692 USD
6,920
SendFX guarantees to match any competitor's exchange rate. T&Cs apply.
Fee-free transfers in 30+ currencies to over 200 countries.
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AUD 250 1 - 2 days AUD 0.00 0.692 USD
6,920
$0 transfer fees for Finder customers.
No-maximum limit transfers with competitive exchange rates for 100+ currencies. No transfer fee over AUD$10,000.
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AUD 2,000 1 day AUD 0.00 0.692 USD
6,920
Better exchange rates for Finder customers.
Send 60+ currencies at competitive rates and no fees. If you find a better eligible quote, WorldFirst will beat it.
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GBP 3,000 1 day AUD 0.00 0.692 USD
6,920
Global Reach will match any competitor's exchange rates. Conditions apply.
Get no fees for both business and personal transfers when you send your money overseas with Global Reach.
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AUD 1 1 day AUD 52.00 0.695 USD
6,912
Pay no fees on your first two transfers, up to $3,000.
SingX offers the real exchange rate every time you make a transfer and can help you send money across the world.
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AUD 0 Same day AUD 2.99 0.687 USD
6,870
Special offers like free transfers and better exchange rates available for new customers.
Quick, affordable transfers around the world with both express and economy options.
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AUD 1 Same day AUD 0.00 0.691 USD
6,913
Get fast transfers with no fees and a range of foreign currency tools. Go to site Show details
AUD 5 1 - 2 days EUR 3.00 0.688 USD
6,877
Special offer: Zero fees on your first 10 transfers.
Get bank-beating exchange rates and fast transfer times on 15+ popular currencies.
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AUD 1 Same day AUD 3.99 0.686 USD
6,862
Use promo code 3FREE to send your first 3 transfers with no fee. Conditions apply.
An online money transfer service with cash pick-up, bank account to bank account and airtime transfers available.
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The "Rate" and "Amount Received" displayed are indicative rates that have been supplied by each brand or gathered by Finder.

Exchange rates are volatile and change often. As a result, the exchange rate listed on Finder may vary to the actual exchange rate quoted for the brand. Please confirm the actual exchange rate and mention "Finder" before you commit to a brand.

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Name Product Standard brokerage fee Standard brokerage for US shares Inactivity fee Currency conversion fee Markets
IG Share Trading
AUD 8 or
0.1%
USD 0
AUD 50 per quarter if you make fewer than three trades in that period
0.70%
ASX shares
Global shares
Forex
CFDs
Margin trading
Active trader brokerage discount: or if you've placed trades or more in the prior month.
Enjoy some of the lowest brokerage fees on the market when trading Australian shares, international shares, forex and CFDs, plus get access to 24-hour customer support.
eToro Share Trading (US stocks)
N/A
USD 0
USD 10 per month if there’s been no login for 12 months
0.50%
Forex
CFDs
US shares
Zero brokerage share trading on US stocks with trades as low as $50.
Note: This broker offers CFDs which are volatile investment products and most clients lose money trading CFDs with this provider.
Join the world’s biggest social trading network when you trade stocks, commodities and forex from the one account.
Bell Direct Share Trading
AUD 15 or
0.1%
N/A
No
N/A
ASX shares
mFunds
Invest in Australian shares, options and managed funds from the one account with no inactivity fee.
Bell Direct offers a one-second placement guarantee on market-to-limit ASX orders or your trade is free, plus enjoy extensive free research reports from top financial experts.
CMC Markets Stockbroking
AUD 11 or
0.1%
USD 19.95
AUD 15 per month if you make no trades in that period
0.60%
ASX shares
Global shares
Forex
CFDs
Margin trading
Options trading
mFunds
Access a broad range of investment products from Australia and overseas.
Invest in managed funds, trade shares, warrants, options and CFDs listed across the ASX, SSX and Chi-X, and other major global exchanges, including US, Canada and UK markets.
ANZ Share Investing
AUD 19.95
AUD 59
No
0.60%
ASX shares
Global shares
Margin trading
Options trading
Earn 1 Qantas Point per AU$3 spent on brokerage fees on certain instruments.
Access Morningstar reports, company announcements and and live pricing via ANZ’s share investing platform. Available for desktop and mobile.
Westpac Online Investing Account
AUD 19.95 or
0.11%
USD 19.95
AUD 63.50 per year on the global markets account
0.60%
ASX shares
Global shares
Options trading
US shares
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Important: Share trading can be financially risky and the value of your investment can go down as well as up.

What is a limit order?

A limit order allows you to choose a target exchange rate for an international money transfer - that is, the rate at which you are hoping to convert your Australian Dollars into another currency to be sent overseas.

This is a very flexible money transfer option that effectively allows you to keep pace with market developments and send money overseas at an exchange rate suitable to you. You can leave your order in place for up to six and even 12 months - if your desired exchange rate is achieved then the order will be triggered, but the order simply won’t be placed if the target rate does not occur.

How do limit orders work?

Trading on global currency markets occurs 24 hours a day, which might ordinarily mean that you might miss out on an attractive exchange rate overnight while you’re fast asleep. Limit orders are basically a way for you to get your money transfer company to monitor currency markets for you.

All you have to do is tell your money transfer provider your desired rate, how long you’re willing to wait for the order to be placed, the currency you wish to buy or sell and the amount you wish to purchase. You can then sit back and wait as your money transfer provider watches currency markets to see if your desired exchange rate can be achieved - if it can, your order will be placed.

For example, with the current exchange rate at 1 AUD = 0.69 USD, Greg isn’t quite prepared to send a transfer of $25,000 to the USA until he can get a better rate. He places a transfer limit order and nominates a target rate of 1 AUD = 0.74 USD, and when that rate is reached five months later, the transfer is triggered and Greg’s funds are sent overseas.

What are the types of limit orders?

This article deals with limit orders solely in regards to international money transfers; however, limit orders can be an effective tool across a wide range of investments including shares and commodities.

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How do I compare limit orders?

  • The company’s exchange rates. It’s important to check the exchange rates on offer from each money transfer provider to determine how close they are to the mid-market rates. This will give you a better idea of how much the market will need to fluctuate in order for the transfer company to be able to offer you the rate you want.
  • Fees charged. In addition to any transfer fee you will have to pay as standard, will you have to pay an extra fee when you place a limit order?
  • Length of order. How long will your order be valid for? Some companies will offer orders for up to 12 months while others will only allow you to place orders for 12 months.
  • How the order can be placed. Can you place a limit order online, over the phone or maybe using a mobile app?
  • Minimum amount. Is there a minimum limit you are required to transfer using a limit order? For example, limit orders placed with OFX need to be for amounts larger than $30,000.
  • Notification process. How will each provider notify you once your order has been placed?
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What are the pros and cons of limit orders?

Pros

  • Stay up to date. Limit orders allow you to make the most of market fluctuations, even while you’re asleep.
  • Get the exchange rate you want. Limit orders allow you to get better value for money when you send funds overseas.
  • Change your order. Until your desired rate is reached, you have the freedom to withdraw or change your order.

Cons

  • High amounts. Limit orders are typically only available for larger transfers, for example $20,000 or more.
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What are the risks of limit orders?

One thing to be wary of after placing a limit order is growing impatient and just accepting the current rate on offer, while another is the fact that you may have to wait months for your order to be executed and you could forget about it.

The other disadvantage of limit orders is that the exchange rate could keep on improving after your desired rate has been reached, but because you’ve already locked in your order you will be unable to take advantage of the rising market rate.

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