“Account Details

 > Explanatory Article by Marios Kyriakou, MSc Economics

About the author: Marios Kyriakou has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Cyprus and a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Warwick. He is also a holder of CySEC’s Advanced Certificate in Financial Services Legal Framework and a professional in Online Trading, Forex and CFDs with more than 7 years of experience.

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<Last updated 25.04.2020>

Dear reader,

Hi! If you are interested in Forex please read carefully the below article that helps you understand the trading account details.


Understanding Account Details

When an account is opened with any broker a client has the following items that he must understand fully before taking any type of trade.

Balance – The amount of money you have in your account when there is no open position. If you deposit $10,000 this will remain unchanged until a position is taken. It is affected by closing positions (realizing Profits/Losses), deposits and withdrawals.

Equity – This is your account balance plus/minus your open Profit/Loss (P/L). Fluctuates based on open positions. When there is no position, open balance and equity are the same!

Margin – Calculated based on leverage. Margin is the amount of money that is secured for a position or trade.

Free Margin – Is the difference between your account equity and the margin of your open positions or simply Free Margin = Equity – Margin.

Margin Level – Is the ratio of equity to margin. In other words: Margin Level = Equity/Margin x 100% 

Stop-Out Level –Calculated and implemented by company, ranges from 10% -50% of balance. It Is where deals will begin to be closed automatically because the margin level has fallen below the stop-out level.

This happens when equity decreases by increasing losses or if the client over exposes themselves by opening too many positions which increases their margin.


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