At USP Capitals you have the opportunity to trade with leverage, which is a powerful tool, but one that needs to be properly understood – and properly used. What do we mean? Let’s start with a couple of basic concepts.
Leverage trading enables you to open large deals with a relatively small investment, thus maximizing your profit potential, but also your risk. Why? Because when you use high leverage, both successful and unsuccessful deals are, in simple terms, amplified.
Here’s an example: Let’s say you invest $100 in a popular currency pair: EUR/USD. With a maximum leverage of 400:1, you can open a deal that is worth 400 times your initial investment, which is $40,000.
This means that for every $1 you invest, we give you $400 to trade.
Now that we understand leverage, let’s look at the other side of the equation: Margin, meaning the funds you need to have in your account in order to open a specific deal. Margin both enables you to open large deals with a small investment and acts as collateral to cover any potential losses. In the previous example, we can reverse the same statement: In order to open a $40,000 deal, you need a 0.25% margin, which is $100.
Different brokers require different margins for different instruments – depending on volatility, as well as other factors. Here is a simple chart that offers some popular examples for required margins - and what it means in terms of maximum leverage.