Standard and Active Trader Accounts: Standard and Active Trader accounts offer 18 CFD instruments and 39 currency pairs. Non-spread bet accounts default to a Low Spreads + Commission pricing structure. Spreads are variable and are subject to delay. Experienced traders can trade Standard and Active Trader accounts with up to 100:1 leverage. Traders that are new to FX and CFD trading will be defaulted to 50:1 leverage. Standard and Active Trader accounts with equity below 10,000 CCY may be switched to a Mini Account.
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.
Commissions: Commission-based pricing is available on Standard and Active Trader account types. Commissions are charged at the open and close of trades in the denomination of the account.
Compensation: When executing customers' trades, FXCM can be compensated in several ways, which include, but are not limited to: charging fixed lot-based commissions at the open and close of a trade, adding a markup to the spreads it receives from its liquidity providers for certain account types, and adding a markup to rollover. Under the Dealing Desk execution model, FXCM may act as a dealer and may receive additional compensation from trading.