Leverage sure is a double-edged sword, but without leverage trading would not bring in any scalable results. That is unless you have heaps of money to invest. How much would a movement of few pips give on 3 or 4k. That also might be considered a big amount for a lot of current investors in the market. Considering most are part-timers, and some even college lads. Had it not been for leverage, I would have stopped after meagre earnings. Still trading solely because of high leverage.
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 think it is correct to say there is high risk involved when using high leverage.
But of course, trading is risky to some degree no matter what form of trading you do. Whether you trade with or without leverage, it is possible to trade in a smart way, managing risks well, or in a silly way, losing more than necessary.
However, the point of leveraged trading is amplifying your gains, but if you think about it, your losses will be amplified, too. If you don't have experience, experiment in a demo account or cent account first, and avoid doing real leverage trading until you are confident you can be profitable. Make sure to learn how to place orders, especially stop loss orders correctly, and when choosing a broker, be aware of their liquidation policies.
It doesn’t need to, they simply don’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.
Well, fxview’s been around for awhile now. Dug into their company’s history and credentials a lot before opening ECN with them. I think they’re a good choice for those looking for a high leverage, they are giving up to 500x. Spreads are the lower side too. 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.
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.
How true is High leverage = High risk? Falso En mi opinión un mala gestión del capital es lo que causa perdidas muy grandes. El apalancamiento es una herramienta, mas bien un beneficio que utilizas a tu favor, si no sabes gestionar el capital entonces el riesgo no es el apalancamiento es tu gestión de capital.