Margin Requirements

Margin requirements vary by currency pair. These current margins were last changed on 1/17/2022.
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Currency Pair

MMR

Currency Pair

MMR

Currency Pair

MMR

AUD/CAD 3% AUD/CHF 3% AUD/CNH 5%
AUD/JPY 3% AUD/NOK 7% AUD/NZD 3%
AUD/PLN 5% AUD/SGD 5% AUD/USD 3%
CAD/CHF 3% CAD/JPY 2% CAD/NOK 7%
CAD/PLN 5% CHF/HUF 5% CHF/JPY 3%
CHF/NOK 7% CHF/PLN 5% CNH/JPY 5%
EUR/AUD 3% EUR/CAD 2% EUR/CHF 3%
EUR/CNH 5% EUR/CZK 10% EUR/DKK** 2%
EUR/GBP 3% EUR/HKD** 15% EUR/HUF 5%
EUR/JPY 2% EUR/MXN 10% EUR/NOK 7%
EUR/NZD 3% EUR/PLN 5% EUR/RUB* 20%
EUR/SEK 3% EUR/SGD 5% EUR/TRY 12%
EUR/USD 2% EUR/ZAR 7% GBP/AUD 3%
GBP/CAD 3% GBP/CHF 3% GBP/DKK** 5%
GBP/HKD** 15% GBP/JPY 3% GBP/MXN 10%
GBP/NOK 7% GBP/NZD 3% GBP/PLN 5%
GBP/SEK 5% GBP/SGD 5% GBP/USD 3%
GBP/ZAR 7% HKD/JPY** 15% NOK/DKK** 7%
NOK/JPY 7% NOK/SEK 7% NZD/CAD 3%
NZD/CHF 3% NZD/JPY 3% NZD/USD 3%
SGD/HKD** 15% SGD/JPY 5% TRY/JPY 12%
USD/CAD 2% USD/CHF 3% USD/CNH 5%
USD/CZK 10% USD/DKK** 2% USD/HKD** 15%
USD/HUF 5% USD/ILS 20% USD/JPY 2%
USD/MXN 10% USD/NOK 7% USD/PLN 5%
USD/RUB* 20% USD/SEK 3% USD/SGD 5%
USD/THB 20% USD/TRY 12% USD/ZAR 7%
ZAR/JPY 7% XAG/USD 100% XAU/USD 100%

*USD/RUB and EUR/RUB are currently unavailable for trading. View all service updates.

**MMR on MetaTrader could be higher. Tiered margining is in place for larger position sizes on FOREX.com trading platforms, please refer to Market Information in the trading platform for more information.

Margin requirements are subject to change without notice, at the sole discretion of FOREX.com.

Should you have a position that is subject to an additional margin requirement we will contact you to make arrangements to cover it. This increased margin requirement will continue to apply at FOREX.com’s discretion, until the position size decreases and remains materially below the threshold for a sustained period. Partially closing the position will not automatically reduce your margin requirement.

Open positions are always required to be margined. The margin close out (MCO) process differs by trading platform. Learn more about the MCO and liquidation processes for Forex.com and MT4.

To help limit your trading losses and ensure that your losses never exceed your account balance, our systems monitor your margin in near real-time. While our MCO process is designed to limit your trading losses and help ensure that total losses never exceed your total account balance, you do risk incurring losses greater than your account balance, especially during periods of extreme market volatility.

While it is not FOREX.com’s policy to hold clients responsible for modest negative balances, we do reserve the right to hold clients responsible for large debit balances and when special circumstances apply. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to manage your use of leverage carefully. Increasing leverage increases risk.

Frequently asked questions

What are the margin requirements at FOREX.com?

Our margin requirements differ according to platform (FOREX.com or MetaTrader), market, asset class and position size. You can find the specific margin of each instrument in its Market Information Sheet on the FOREX.com platform.

To calculate the amount of funds required to cover the margin requirement when you open a trade, simply multiply the total notional value of your trade (quantity x price of instrument) by the margin factor.

For example, say the margin requirement for EUR/USD is 2%. The current buy price of EURUSD is 1.300 and you wish to buy 1 standard lot (100,000).

The total value of the position is $130,000 (100,000 x 1.300). $2,600 would therefore be allocated from your account to open the position ($130,000 x 2%).

With FOREX.com platforms, you can calculate the required margin before placing a trade through the platform’s margin calculator, monitor each position’s margin requirement separately or review your account’s total margin requirement through the Margin Indicator.

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What are step margin levels?

The larger the trade size, the higher the risk level associated with the trade. Therefore, we may increase our margin requirements for larger size trades or any additional trades in that instrument.

To do this, FOREX.com increases the size of the margin requirement at specific quantity levels, known as step margin levels.

You can view a market’s step margin levels in its Market Information Sheet within the FOREX.com platform.

Step margins are not present in MetaTrader 4.

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