As I said in my post earlier, in the forex thread, a lot of the times or actually MOST of the times almost ALL forex brokers do not give access to 'Real' trading for small accounts like yours or mine, in the FX market. What they do is, they take the opposite position from us, which means that we are actually trading with them and not the real market....they apply a small difference of a few pips or ticks to the actual mkt rate and therefore earn on the spread they create for themselves.
Meaning, since participation in the fx market requires high amounts of margin and liquidity, so these fx brokers instead of going thru the hassle of giving us access to the real market 'MAKE' a mkt themselves for small traders like you and me, based on real market rates plus or minus a few ticks....
So what is really happening is, like a casino, everytime you make a trade you are actually betting against the house (or the casino) itself. Suppose you shortsell eur/usd for 1.2924 with a stoploss at 1.30. Most of the time the rate of 1.2924 will be the brokers own provided rate to you, on their platform, while the real rate would be something like 1.2974. Since the broker bets against you at HIS OWN rate, even if eur/usd falls or rises, the broker will always make money. Most of the time us small traders lose money because of this.
Typically, brokers only allow large accounts to participate directly in the fx 'real' market. A 500000-1000000 dollar a/c perhaps.
Thats why I tell everyone its better to use currency funds (etf's) to trade the currency, rather than directly in the fx market.