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Calculate the margin required to open & maintain your forex trading positions

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Note: Margin & leverage changes according to category of instrument. Gold & commodities for instance will have different leverage rates to forex.

Why use a margin calculator?

Margin is the amount of money needed to open and maintain one or more positions. The amount of margin put down can also dictate the size of potential profit or loss. Ensure to use this easy-access margin calculator in your low-cost TIOmarkets trading strategy, to ensure that your positions are not unexpectedly closed out.

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Margin calculator

Use our margin calculator to calculate how much margin is required to open a trade. The margin requirement will vary depending on the accounts base currency, the currency pair traded, the accounts leverage or the symbols leverage requirement and also the number of lots traded. You can learn more about the leverage requirements for the different symbols from the contract specifications page.

This is how to use the margin calculator

  • Select your account's base currency
  • Choose the currency paid to trade
  • Select the leverage
  • Enter the number of lots to trade

Then click calculate.

Here is an example how currency conversion works

  • The account base currency is denominated in USD
  • EURUSD is chosen to trade
  • The minimum leverage for EURUSD is 1% or 1:100
  • 1 lot is to be traded

The margin requirement will be calculated as; EUR 100,000 x (the current rate of exchange) = The USD equivalent. The USD equivalent then becomes 116,010 1% of $116,010 is equal to $1,160.10. Therefore the margin requirement to trade 1 lot will be $1,160.10.

The margin is allocated from your available balance to open a trade and this is the amount requirement to maintain the trade.

Changing the currency pair to trade or the accounts base currency will involve calculating the margin requirement based on the current rates of exchange between these currency pairs.

For example, if the accounts base currency is denominated in EUR. Then $1,160.10 would have to be converted to the EUR equivalent, at the current EURUSD rate of exchange, to calculate the margin requirement.

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