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Minimum Margin Requirement by Currency Pair

 

Currency Pair MMR Currency Pair MMR Currency Pair MMR Currency Pair MMR
AUD/CAD 2% AUD/CHF 2% AUD/JPY 2% AUD/NZD 2%
AUD/USD 2% CAD/CHF 2% CAD/JPY 2% CHF/JPY 2%
EUR/AUD 2% EUR/CAD 2% EUR/CHF 2% EUR/CZK 5%
EUR/DKK 2% EUR/GBP 2% EUR/HUF 5% EUR/JPY 2%
EUR/NOK 2% EUR/NZD 2% EUR/PLN 5% EUR/SEK 2%
EUR/TRY 5% EUR/USD 2% GBP/AUD 2% GBP/CAD 2%
GBP/CHF 2% GBP/JPY 2% GBP/NZD 2% GBP/USD 2%
NZD/CAD 2% NZD/CHF 2% NZD/JPY 2% NZD/USD 2%
SGD/JPY 5% USD/CAD 2% USD/CHF 2% USD/CZK 5%
USD/DKK 2% USD/HKD * 10% USD/HUF 5% USD/JPY 2%
USD/NOK 2% USD/PLN 5% USD/SEK 2% USD/SGD 5%
USD/TRY 5% ZAR/JPY 5% XAU/USD * 100% XAG/USD * 100%
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Margin & Leverage FAQs


Can I trade on margin (or leverage) at FOREX.com?

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Yes, you can trade on margin here at FOREX.com. This means that you aren’t required to deposit cash for the full value of your position. Remember increasing leverage, increases risk.


What are margin and leverage?

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Margin and leverage are concepts that go hand-in-hand in currency trading. Trading “on margin” means you need only deposit a percentage of the total funds required for a trade. Similarly, a deposit can be leveraged so that you can trade positions significantly larger than the amount you have in your account. These small movements can result in larger profits, or larger losses when compared to an unleveraged position.

Because small price movements can potentially have large effects on your account, trading on margin (or with leverage) can be risky.


What are the margin requirements at FOREX.com?

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The minimum margin requirement is 2% (or 50:1) on the majors, 5% (or 20:1) for all minor currency pairs, and 100% (or 1:1) for spot gold and silver. Login to your account to check out our Margin/Pip Calculator.

 


Is margin in forex trading different from stock trading?

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Yes, there are 3 main differences:

  • Forex trading can offer up to 50 to 1 margin versus 2 to 1 for stock trading.
  • In stock trading, you pay your brokerage firm interest on the amount you borrow. FOREX.com does not charge interest on the leveraged amount.
  • When trading stock on margin, you are subject to “margin calls” – mandatory requests to supplement your cash deposit, should the position move against you.

FOREX.com does not engage in margin calls, and requires 100% maintenance margin at all times to help ensure that you don’t lose more money than you deposited. Learn more about risk. 


Are there disadvantages to trading on leverage?

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While leverage enables you to control a large amount of capital with a limited cash deposit, it can also expose you to significant losses.


Can you give an example of margin requirement for a forex trade?

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Say you want to buy 1 mini lot or 10,000 units of USD/CAD and your account leverage is set to 50 to 1. That means you’ll need to have a minimum of 1/50 of $10,000 to enter the trade, or $200. The margin required is a certain percentage of the entire contract or position value, in this example with 50:1 leverage it is 2%. The chart below shows the margin requirement at different leverage ratios:


How can I prevent liquidation of my open positions?

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Here are some techniques that can help you avoid liquidation of your open positions:

  • Lower your margin. You have the flexibility of adjusting your margin to 20:1 or 10:1 at any time.
  • Keep your account funded in excess of your required margin. These extra funds act as a cushion, protecting you if the market moves against you.
  • Actively manage your positions using limit and stop orders. Keep in mind that contingent orders may not necessarily limit your losses.

How do I change the leverage in my FOREX.com account?

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You can submit a request to adjust your leverage by logging into FOREXTrader PRO or website trading and accessing MyAccount. You can request margin of 50:1, 20:1 or 10:1.


Will I be notified if I am on margin call?

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FOREX.com does not engage in margin calls. However, your open positions may be liquidated if your account balance falls below 100% of the required margin. Our systems continuously monitor your available margin and will automatically close out positions on your behalf.


How can I manage risk in volatile markets?

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The best way to manage your risk during volatile markets is to ensure your account is properly margined at all times. There are several proactive measures that you can employ:

  • Actively monitor the status of your open positions.
  • Specify a stop-loss order for each open trade to limit downside risk. You can specify the stop-loss rate at the time you issue a trade, or add a stop-loss order at any time for any open trade. You can also change your stop-loss orders at any time to take current market prices or other conditions into account. The use of stop loss orders may not necessarily limit your losses.
  • Keep your account funded in excess of your required margin. These extra funds act as a cushion, protecting you if the market moves against you. If you are in danger of breaching your margin limits, either incrementally reduce the size of your position or add funds to your account as soon as possible.
  • Employ lower leverage. You may request a leverage change at any time.