Leverage and Margin
TRADING ON LEVERAGE
You can trade Forex and CFDs on leverage. This can allow you to take advantage of even the smallest moves in the market. When you trade with FXCM, your trades are executed using borrowed money. For example, 100:1 leverage allows you to trade with $10,000 in the market by setting aside only $100 as a security deposit.
All new accounts are defaulted to 400:1 leverage on FX and 200:1 leverage on CFDs. The leverage on your account will then be adjusted based on the equity in your account.
|Equity1||Up to $10,000||$10,000 - $20,000||$20,000 +|
1 Equity is your account balance plus the floating profit/loss of your open positions. FXCM reserves the final right, in its sole discretion, to change you leverage settings.
WHAT IS MARGIN?
Margin can be thought of as a good faith deposit required to maintain open positions. This is not a fee or a transaction cost, it is simply a portion of your account equity set aside and allocated as a margin deposit. The amount of margin that you are required to put up for each currency pair varies by the leverage profiles listed above. Up-to-date margin requirements are displayed in the “Simplified Dealing Rates’” window of the Trading Station by currency pair.
DO MARGIN REQUIREMENTS CHANGE?
Margin requirements can periodically change to account for changes in market volatility and currency exchange rates. For example, the margin requirement (MMR) for a specific currency pair is calculated as a percentage of the notional value of such pair. As the exchange rates for any specific currency pair fluctuate up or down, the margin requirement for that pair must be adjusted. As an example, if the Euro strengthens against the US dollar, more margin will be required to hold a EUR/USD position in a US dollar denominated account. FXCM does not anticipate more than one update a month, however extreme market movements or event risk may necessitate unscheduled intra-month updates.
Trading Account: Trading accounts offer 20 CFD instruments and 39 currency pairs. Price arbitrage strategies are prohibited and FXCM determines, at its sole discretion, what encompasses a price arbitrage strategy. Trading accounts offer spreads plus mark-up pricing. Spreads are variable and are subject to delay. Traders can trade up to 400:1 leverage on FX and 200:1 leverage on CFDs. Leverage ratio could vary depending on the account’s equity level.
Leverage: Leverage is a double-edged sword and can dramatically amplify your profits. It can also just as dramatically amplify your losses. Trading foreign exchange with any level of leverage may not be suitable for all investors.