For beginners, I suggest using lower leverage because higher leverage has higher risk and losses, whereas if you choose a broker with lower leverage, the cost will be lower and risk involved is low as well.
There is no fixed amount which is right for using leverage. Using leverage seriously depends on your ability to take risk and how much you can afford to lose. PNL calculators are fine way of assessing your risk per trade. You’ll find this calculator with most brokers - XM, FxPro.
forextrader777 posted: High leverage attracts new traders but few of them know the actual working of leverage. I would recommend that before pushing yourself into the trades that need margin, try to understand the concept clearly, otherwise it can wipe off your account balance.
Yes, I am taking my sweet time to be thorough with trading concepts.
stevewood posted: There is no fixed amount which is right for using leverage. Using leverage seriously depends on your ability to take risk and how much you can afford to lose. PNL calculators are fine way of assessing your risk per trade. You’ll find this calculator with most brokers - XM, FxPro.
I’m a stickler when it comes to using pnl. Never have, never will trade without properly scrutinising the potential losses and profits in every trade, no matter worth a lot of money or small.
Garrywilson posted: I find it too risky to use leverage. Can’t imagine owing money to the broker and defeat the whole purpose of being in the market.
If you use a broker that offers negative balance protection, there’s no way that you’ll be risking owing anything to the broker. Then there’s stop loss as well to the rescue. If I’m not wrong all brokers offer these features, and if yours don’t, simply transfer your funds to a better broker.
I doubt if Robinhood offers negative balance protection
It doesn’t need to, Robinhood simply doesn’t allow short selling. But sadly there’s no forex option there. So I had to make an account with Fxview. Zeroed in on this one cause of the wider currency options. And ya, they very clearly offer negative protection.
Fxview?? Never heard! Another offshore I bet
Well, fxview’s been around for awhile now. Dug into their company’s history and credentials a lot before opening ECN with them. They are giving up to 500x. Spreads I found attractive, on the lower side. And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with offshore brokers as long as they are regulated. A fixed and a rigid mindset can be very limiting to a trader.
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