# What is the margin percentage for CFD trading?

## What is the margin percentage for CFD trading?

CFDs provide higher leverage than traditional trading. Standard leverage in the CFD market is subject to regulation. It once was as low as a 2% maintenance margin (50:1 leverage), but is now limited in a range of 3% (30:1 leverage) and could go up to 50% (2:1 leverage).

## What is margin in CMC Markets?

Margin trading. Margin trading is a way for traders to use leverage for their exposure to the financial markets​, such as indices, forex, cryptocurrencies, commodities and stocks. When using margin trading, you only need to deposit a percentage of the full value of the trade to open a position.

What is a CFD margin rate?

Share. In order to open a position on your account you will be required to deposit an amount of money known as margin. The margin you will be required to deposit reflects a percentage of the full value of the position. On our platform this is referred to as the position margin.

CFDs are traded on margin. This means you pay a small proportion of the value of the underlying shares (typically between 10% and 20%, as set by the CFD provider) to open the position, instead of paying the full value for the underlying shares.

### How is CFD margin calculated?

To calculate the amount of funds required to cover the margin requirement when you open a CFD position, simply multiply the total notional value of your trade (Number of contracts traded x price of instrument) by the margin factor. To read up more about how margin works, please visit our education section.

### What is 20% margin in trading?

Example of buying on margin If your trading broker requires, for example, 20% of the position to be put forward as a margin, then the initial amount needed for the trade would be £200 (£1000 x 20%). In this example, your leverage would be 5:1.

How does margin work on CMC?

Margin call calculator The maintenance margin percentage can differ depending on each broker; at CMC Markets, it stands at 50%. When a trader’s equity drops below this percentage, if the margin call is not met, the broker will automatically start to close their positions in order to reduce any further potential losses.

How much can you lose CFD?

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. Between 61%-79.8% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

#### What happens if you buy CFD?

When you trade CFDs (contracts for difference), you buy a certain number of contracts on a market if you expect it to rise, and sell them if you expect it to fall. The change in the value of your position reflects movements in the underlying market.

#### How do you calculate CFD size?

For instance, if a CFD was priced at \$2.65 and your stop level is set at \$2.31 you risk amount would be \$0.34 per CFD. To calculate your position size you would simply divide the loss you would be prepared to take by this risk amount. Assuming you are willing to risk \$170 your position size would be 500 CFDs.

How is margin calculated IG?

The margin is determined by your trading provider’s margin system, and the amount of capital required will depend on the derivative being used and the market being traded. For example, if the margin requirement is 5%, the leverage is 20:1, and if the margin requirement is 10%, the leverage is 10:1.

How are CFD margins calculated at CMC Markets?

At CMC Markets, our margin rates are the same across both spread betting and CFD products. For example, you can trade on 330+ currency pairs starting at just 3.3% margin, or 80+ global indices starting at 5%. Browse our range of markets for more examples. How are CFD margins calculated?

## Is it safe to use margin in CFD trading?

CFD trading using margin is not necessarily for everyone and you should ensure you understand the risks involved and if necessary seek independent professional advice before placing any trades. Why CMC Markets?

## How to calculate CFD margins for Forex pairs?

Learn how to calculate CFD margins . See the current margin rates for our most popular forex pairs, indices, commodities and treasuries. Our margins on shares start from 20% for UK and US shares. For more information, view our shares product details .

What is the disclaimer about CMC Markets?

Disclaimer: CMC Markets is an execution-only service provider. The material (whether or not it states any opinions) is for general information purposes only, and does not take into account your personal circumstances or objectives.