Risk warning: CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 66% 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. 66% 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 Margin Call? Forex Basics

Forex Educational Video Series

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

What is Margin Call in Forex trading?

Margin Call is a notification which lets you know that you need to deposit more money in your trading account, or close losing positions, in order to free up more margin. It’s denoted as a fixed percentage which is determined by your broker and can be seen in the Account Specifications of your trading account. When the market moves against your open positions, your margin level falls. Once the margin falls to the Margin Call percentage, you should expect to get a Margin Call warning in your Terminal. Put in another way, Margin Calls warn traders that the Stop Out level is approaching. For example, if a trader with a Margin Call set at 40% has $5000 as a balance but has incurred $3,800 of losses, and has used up $1,000 of Margin, his Margin Level would be: ($5,000 - $3,800) / 1000 X 100 = 120%. If his Margin Level decreased by another 80%, he would reach 40% and receive a Margin Call.

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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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