Benefits and Risks

Trading leveraged financial products carries a number of benefits and risks, and we strongly recommend you have an understanding of both before you start trading.

Trade Globally Around the Clock
Our trading platforms allow you trade all day from Sunday at 22:00 until Friday 22:00 UK time (subject to daylight saving time periods) on a wide range of markets globally.

Go Long or Go Short
You decide whether you think the value of the product you are opening a position on will go up (when you buy or 'go long'), or go down (when you sell or 'go short'). This means that you have considerable flexibility in the way you use your capital, and have the opportunity to profit from both rising and falling markets.

Leverage and Margin
Trading leveraged financial products means that you only need to make a small outlay to gain large market exposure - the amount required to enter into a position is commonly known as 'margin'. Using margin means that gains or losses can be high as a result of the movements of the market you trade.

For example, if the margin rate for a position is 5% and you wish to open a trade worth £500, you would only need to put up a fixed margin of £25 (5% of £500). Your market exposure is the same as if you had a trade of £500, which means your actual losses and gains will reflect this amount.

Risk Management
We strongly recommend that you set stop loss orders for your positions to close at the price of your choosing in the case of unfavourable price movements. Your positions will be closed out automatically if your net equity falls below 60% of margin ratio in USD, to prevent you from exposing your capital to further risks if the market moves against you.

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Risk Warning
Trading in leveraged products carries a high level of risk. Your losses may exceed your initial investment requiring you to make further payments. These products are not suitable for everyone and you should seek independent advice if you are in any doubt. Please ensure that you fully understand the risks.

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