Risk warning: CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 83% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
Risk warning: CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 83% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

What is your Equity? Forex Basics

Forex Educational Video Series

Author: Andreas Thalassinos (BSc, MSc, MSTA, CFTe, MFTA), Head of Education at FXTM.

What is your Equity in Forex trading?

While trading, it’s not uncommon for traders who are starting out to get confused between their balance and their equity. While they can sometimes reflect the same amount, Balance and Equity refer to two different amounts. Equity refers to the amount of money a trader has in their trading account (i.e. their Balance) plus or minus any profit or loss from open positions. If, however, the trader doesn’t have any open positions, his or her equity is equal to his or her balance. Just like the balance, a trader’s equity is located in different spots on the trading platform, depending on whether the trader is using the MT4 or the MT5 platform. On the MT4 Client Terminal, the equity is displayed in the Terminal window under the Trade tab. On the MT5, the Equity can be seen in the Toolbox under the Trade tab.

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Risk Warning: There is a high level of risk involved with trading leveraged products such as forex and CFDs. You should not risk more than you can afford to lose, it is possible that you may lose more than your initial investment. You should not trade unless you fully understand the true extent of your exposure to the risk of loss. When trading, you must always take into consideration your level of experience. If the risks involved seem unclear to you, please seek independent financial advice.

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