The Rules And Requirements

At Forexter, you can select the level of leverage that suits you. Margin and leverage levels are dynamic and react to the level of equity in your account, holidays, weekends and economic news, so it’s important to understand how they work. Find the answers to the most frequently asked margin and leverage questions in our FAQs section at the bottom of the page.

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Economic News, Weekends And Holidays

In order to minimize your exposure to risk, margin requirements and leverage may change before the release of key economic news announcements, important holidays, and over the weekend.

News Weekends Holidays
News

From 15 minutes before the the publication of high-level economic news until 5 minutes after, margin requirements for new positions opened on affected instruments are calculated with a maximum leverage of 1:200.

Weekends

Margin requirements for the opening of new positions will be calculated with a maximum leverage of 1:200 from Friday at 19:00 GMT (three hours before the forex market closes) to Sunday at 23:00 GMT (two hours after the market opens).

Holidays

Along with weekends, a number of important holidays may also be subject to increased margin requirements. Before any adjustments to your leverage are made, we will publish an update in the Forexter News section.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are our most frequently asked questions about margin requirements and leverage rules. It’s so important that you understand these rules, so please take the time to read through this info-rich section.

Which account types are affected by increased margin requirements?

Our Mini, Standard, and Pro accounts are affected. The margin requirement rule is applied to both real and demo accounts.

What happens to positions opened during a period of increased margin requirements, like a weekend, when the market opens again?

Within two hours after market opening (by Sunday 23:00 GMT), the margin on positions opened during the period of increased margin requirements is recalculated based on the amount of funds in the account and the leverage chosen by the client.

What happens if I close a hedged order during a period of increased margin requirements?

Closing a hedged order during the period of increased margin requirements will result in an unhedged position which is treated as a newly opened position. Thus, margin for this position is calculated based on the increased margin requirements and is distributed proportionally between the open transactions that involve the hedged financial instrument.

When does the weekend period of increased margin requirements start and finish?

Margin requirements for the opening of new positions will be calculated on a maximum leverage of 1:200 from Friday at 19:00 GMT (three hours before the forex market closes) to Sunday at 23:00 GMT (two hours after the market opens).

I trade gold. Will my leverage change before the daily break?

Yes, it will. The daily market break for metals is from 22:00-23:00 GMT. In the thirty minutes leading up to the break (i.e. 21:30-22:00 GMT), your leverage will be limited to a maximum of 1:1000.

Why are news releases subject to increased margin requirements?

When high impact news is released, it can cause significant market volatility and price gaps. As we all know, using high leverage in a highly volatile market is risky as sudden market movements can result in the loss of capital. That’s why we cap leverage at 1:200 during news releases and all newly opened positions on instruments impacted by a release will be subject to increased margin requirements.

What happens to my leverage and margin requirements if there are multiple news releases over a short period of time?

In cases when these intervals of increased margin requirements for different news releases are less than 15 minutes apart, these periods may be merged into one long period for the instruments involved. You’ll receive an email from us giving you full details of changes to margin requirements on your trading platform.

What happens after the period of required margin increase due to a news release has passed?

When the specified period has passed, the margin on positions opened during the period is recalculated based on the amount of funds in the account and the selected leverage value.

How does the rule differ for weekends and holidays?

The increased margin rule applies to all trading over the weekend period. All instruments during this period are subject to a maximum leverage of 1:200 (except for exotic currency pairs, cryptocurrencies, energies, stocks, indices, as well as palladium and platinum, for which margin requirements are fixed). Holidays are slightly different as only certain instruments and markets may be affected by this rule.

What is the maximum leverage available in MetaTrader 5?

The maximum leverage available for all account types in MetaTrader 5 is 1:2000.