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What is the Accounts window?

This window shows all pertinent account information.

  • Equity provides the "floating" value of funds on the account, including profits and losses on open positions.
  • Day P/L provides the profit and loss for the current trading session. This only includes the trading activity, not deposits and withdrawals. Day P/L resets at 5 p.m. EST (10 p.m. GMT).

After the P/L, there are several columns devoted to Margin. After the P/L, there are several columns devoted to Margin. Margin is the amount of funds you need as collateral in your account to maintain a position. This amount is shown in Trading Station in the Order Window under ‘amount’ before you even place a trade. You need to have that amount or more as Usable Margin to open a trade.

 

Usd Mr (Used Margin) - This is the margin deposit required to maintain existing positions. Liquidation will trigger if Equity falls to this amount.

Usbl Mr (Usable Margin) - This is the margin deposit available for opening new positions. All positions are automatically liquidated when this amount goes below zero.

 

You can also view Margin information as a percentage of your total Equity.

Usbl Mr % (Usable Margin Percentage) - is [Usbl MR] / [Equity] X 100%. As above, all positions are automatically liquidated when this amount goes below zero.

Gross P/L provides the total profit and loss for current open positions excluding commission and rollover.  

MC (Margin Call) - The letters in the "MC" column denote the status of the margin call:

  • "N" means there is sufficient Maintenance Margin.
  • "W" means a Maintenance Margin Warning has been issued.
  • "Y" means liquidation of positions due to insufficient margin.

Type informs the user of the account’s hedging capability.

  • “Y” (Yes) - The account can hedge.
  • “N” (No) - The account cannot hedge.

If your Usable Margin hits 0 at any time, all positions will be automatically liquidated. This is known as a Margin Call. It means you no longer have enough equity in your account to maintain the open position(s).

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