WebIRESS is one of the most popular trading platforms for DMA CFDs in Australia and is offered by most of the major on-line brokers. WebIRESS is popular in the share trading community as well as with DMA CFD traders. Traders using WebIRESS are able to trade both shares and DMA CFDs using the same WebIRESS login.
Most CFD and on-line share brokers in Australia are able to offer a WebIRESS demo for prospective traders to download any try prior to opening a real trading account. It is important to note that WebIRESS demo accounts do not allow you to place orders or view your portfolio, the reason for this is that WebIRESS must be connected to an IRESS Order System (IOS) in order to function and place orders, demo accounts are usually not connected to an IOS.
As WebIRESS is a web-based trading platform demo accounts are accessed on-line utilising your web browser, however it is important to note that WebIRESS requires Java to be installed on your PC in order to operate correctly. When first installing WebIRESS you will be prompted to install the most recent version of Java. It is critical that the most recent version be installed as your webIRESS may not function correctly on older versions of Java.
Upon first glance your WebIRESS demo will appear quite basic with the workspace layout being divided into four frames, however when switching to the multiple document interface (MDI) mode you will quickly realise the power of the WebIRESS desktop interface. In the MDI mode you are able to freely move windows across multiple monitors and easily create customisable workspace tabs.
When fist logging into your WebIRESS demo you will find that it will most likely have delayed market prices and only one level of depth, this is normal. After opening a real trading account you will be given the option to subscribe to live data at a cost of around $38.50 for ASX data, upon subscription you will have full access to live market data, course of sales and full market depth.
One of the great features of webIRESS is the market map. The market map is essentially a heat map of the market providing a visual representation of the market movement of stocks in each of the sectors in real-time. The size of the squares in the map represent the market capitalisation of each of the stocks and the shades of red or green provide an illustration of how much the stock has moved up or down. The market map is great for traders looking for a quick snapshot of the movement of stocks in relation to their sector and the overall market.
After you have spent some time navigating the menu items, creating watch lists and customising a layout it is advisable to explore the charting functionality of your WebIRESS demo and become familiar with the chart indicators and layouts and how you can adapt them to suit your trading strategies.
Once you decide whether WebIRESS is the right trading platform it is important to factor its cost into your trading budget, most brokers and CFD providers offer the WebIRESS platform at a cost of somewhere between $55 to $88. When combined with ASX data fees your total monthly cost will come to around $95 to $125. If you are a frequent trader you will likely find that your broker or CFD provider will cover the WebIRESS cost on your behalf, however if you are not a frequent trader it is important for you to determine whether the added features available on the WebIRESS platform are worth paying for as there are many free CFD platforms available that offer similar features.
It is advisable that you download a WebIRESS demo in order to become familiar with its many features and to determine whether trading CFDs on the WebIRESS platform suits your trading strategy.
If you would like to learn more about DMA CFDs you can download our free CFD Guide.