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How to manage DARWIN capacity

The Capacity Manager enables DARWIN providers to specify the conditions under which to close / reopen investments in their DARWIN.

Why it's necessary to manage DARWIN capacity

The market liquidity is finite. If a DARWIN starts to manage a higher volumes of capital, the price traded in the market could be worse due to a lack of liquidity to fill the whole aggregated volume from investors at the price the order is sent.  The higher the investment volume, the higher the divergence per volume.

Before that happens traders can adapt to the new volume and/or close investment in their DARWIN so as to protect current investors.

A trader can use various techniques in order to improve their capacity and therefore reduce the divergence, for example:

  • Split trades into smaller ones spread out in time by at least 2 seconds.
  • Avoid trading during low liquidity market conditions (Forex between 17:00-18:00 NYT, indices between 18:00-01:00 NYT), high volatility events such as news releases or during high tick volatility.
  • Trade with a higher range of pips

What is the Capacity Manager

The Capacity Manager enables DARWIN providers to specify the conditions under which to close / reopen investment in their DARWIN.

Available setup options

Maximum Divergence Accepted

  • Closure: If the DARWIN exceeds the divergence threshold set by the trader, it will close to new investor capital. Darwinex will still cap maximum divergence permitted, at -1.0%. Therefore, the trader has the option to select a maximum divergence ranging between -1.0% and -0.3% with a 1 decimal granularity. The default value will be -1.0%. Exception: Should a DARWIN have less than $ 10,000 invested, reaching the maximum divergence will not close it to new investment.
  • Opening: The DARWIN will reopen to new investments if the divergence decreases by -0.1% with respect to the threshold established by the DARWIN provider.

Maximum Investor Capital (optional)

  • Closure: If the DARWIN exceeds the capital under management threshold set by its provider, it will close to new investor capital. Traders can set the maximum amount that they want to manage with the DARWIN, in USD. The value must be greater than $300,000 and in multiples of 100,000. This condition will not be taken into account if the field remains empty, which is the default option.
  • Opening: The DARWIN will reopen to new investments if the maximum capital selected by the trader decreases to 98%.

DARWINs will close to new investor capital when at least one of the two requirements are not met, and reopen when all the conditions set out above have been fulfilled.

How to set it up

In order to manage a DARWIN’s Capacity, traders will have to go to its main profile and click on the cog wheel icon located next to the “TRADE” button, as circled in yellow in the image below:

DARWIN Configuration Settings


Once there, they will need to click on the “divergence limit” section where the two options explained above will be displayed.

What happens when a DARWIN is closed to new investors?

Once the DARWIN is automatically closed to new investor capital, both investors – including those with a conditional order – and DARWIN providers, will receive a notification.

In addition, the “TRADE” button will be replaced by “SELL” and conditional orders will not be allowed.

Should a limit order previously placed get triggered, it will be discarded and a notification will be sent to the investor concerned.

Capacity Traffic Lights

The Capacity Manager comes together with a traffic light equipped with three horizontal lines to enhance the understanding of the current state of the DARWIN’s Capacity.

Capacity Management - Traffic Lights Icon


Like a conventional traffic light, it will come with the following range of colours:

  • 1 green line: the DARWIN is still far from reaching the Capacity limit set by its provider.
  • 2 yellow lines: the DARWIN is close to reaching the Capacity cap set by the trader.
  • 3 red lines: the DARWIN has already reached its Capacity limit, and is closed to new investments.

You can hover the mouse over the traffic lights to learn more.

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