A Professional Environment for Professional Traders

Elective professional traders can open an FXCM professional account. If you are able to answer yes to two or more of the following, you may be eligible:


Have you traded leveraged derivatives in significant sizes over the last four quarters?


Do you have a financial instrument portfolio exceeding EUR 500,000?


Have you worked in the financial sector, in a professional position requiring knowledge of derivatives trading, for at least a year?

In addition to the above criteria, to qualify for professional categorisation, you must have the necessary expertise, experience and knowledge to be capable of making your own investment decisions.

What do I need to know?

You need to be aware that professional clients forgo certain regulatory protections that are currently offered to Retail Clients under the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission ("CySEC") rules. These include but are not limited to the following:

What is a Professional client?
A Professional client is a client who possesses the experience, knowledge and expertise to make their own investment decisions and can properly assess the risk it incurs. A Professional client has waived some CySEC protections afforded to retail clients, such as negative balance protection and restrictions on high-risk products.

Professional clients DO NOT get the same protections as Retail clients:

Negative Balance Protection: You are responsible for ensuring that your account does not fall into a negative balance. If it does, you will need to make additional payments to bring your balance back above zero – meaning that your losses can exceed your deposits.

Information on costs and charges: Retail clients are provided more information than Professional clients in regards to costs & charges.

We might assume that a Professional client has the appropriate knowledge to understand basic terms of a product and therefore we may not present these to the client prior to the investment decision (e.g. Key Information documents, etc.).

No Compensation: Certain categories of Professional clients are not eligible for compensation under the Investor Compensation Fund.

Please ensure that you read and understand the Client Categorisation Notice as it contains important information regarding the differences in classification and the protections afforded to each level.

Are You Eligible to Be a Professional Trader?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will my ability to trade with FXCM become affected if I am turned down for a professional account?

No. You will still be able to continue trading and take advantage of our reputable client service, afforded to all retail traders.

What happens if I already have an account with FXCM / am already trading?

You can reach out to one of our sales teams and ask to be reclassified as a professional client, if you think you meet the eligibility requirements.