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# What is your Balance? Forex Basics

## Forex Educational Video Series

When trading, the balance refers to the amount of money a trader has in their trading account. However, it’s important to remember that this amount does not include any profits or losses a trader might have from any open positions. If a trader has an open position, his or her balance might change depending on the losses or profits he or she has made once the trade (or part of the trade) is closed. A trader’s balance is located in different sections on the trading platform, depending on whether the trader is using the MT4 or the MT5 platform. On the MT4 Client Terminal, the balance is displayed in the Terminal window under the Trade tab. On the MT5, the Balance can be seen in the Toolbox under the Trade tab.

##### What is the difference between forex balance and forex equity?

The forex balance is all the money in your forex account.

Equity is the balance plus/minus any profit/losses from open positions. If you don’t have any positions open, your equity is equal to your balance.

##### How will I know how much of my balance is available to trade with?

A good way is to calculate your Free Margin. This is whatever equity you have that isn’t tied up in margin for your open positions. It’ll give you a clear idea of whether extra funds are needed.

Here’s an example:
You have a balance of \$10,000. You buy 2 lots of EUR/USD at 1.20000, so you need \$240,000 (200,000 X 1.2000) and the margin is 240,000/50 = \$4800.

The price of EUR/USD drops to 1.19050 and you take a loss of 0.00950 pips (1.20000 – 1.19050), which amounts to \$2280. So the equity (\$10,000 – \$2280) minus Margin (\$4800) = \$2920 of free margin.

##### What’s the minimum balance for forex trading?

When you trade forex with leverage you’ll control a much greater amount than your account balance, so you can start with a relatively low balance. With an FXTM you can open an account with as little as \$10.

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