How much money do I need for Forex trading?

If you want to become a Forex trader and are wondering how much money you should spend on trading, you have come to the right place. In this article, we explain what is the minimal amount of money you will require to trade currencies.

Trade for free on a demo account

To begin with, remember that there are demo accounts that allow you to practice trading without investing a single dollar. The size of a demo account with FBS can be up to $1 million. The demo account will allow you to practice opening orders and setting position sizes.

If you are ready to trade using a real account and make real money, you should know that the amount of money you need to start trading depends on the account type you choose.

For example, to trade on the micro account you will need to deposit at least $5. You’ll be able to open orders the volume of which starts from 0.01 lots and use decent leverage. If you plan to open many trades, consider a standard account with a floating spread. This type of account requires a minimal investment of $100. Notice that you can open one account of each type. In order to be able to open up to 10 accounts of any type, you need to verify your personal area, change the confirmation method from email to SMS, and make sure that the total deposit to all accounts in your personal area is $100 or more.

Your deposit determines your trade size

The minimum trade size with FBS is 0.01 lots. A lot is a standard contract size in the currency market. It’s equal to 100,000 units of a base currency, so 0.01 lots account for 1,000 units of the base currency. If you buy 0.01 lots of EURUSD and your leverage is 1:1000, you will need $1 as a margin for the trade. If you deposited $5 on the micro account, your deposit will cover this margin and you will be able to open another 4 trades of this size. Each point of price movement will either bring you or cost you $0.01.

Let’s consider some good options for a beginner trader. The examples we bring here are safe and sound from the point of risk management.  

Deposit = $100

The amount of risk for a single trade should be below 5%, no matter how big your deposit is. Let’s go with a 3% risk ($3). If you trade 0.01 lots, you can have a Stop Loss of up to 300 points — this is more than enough for an intraday position. The recommended risk/reward ratio is ⅓, so the potential profit for this trade will be 900 points ($9).

Deposit = $500

What if your deposit is $500? With 3% risk ($15), your trade size can be 0.15 lots. In this case, each point of profit/loss will account for $0.15. With a bigger position size, you’ll be able to earn money faster! There will be 100 points for a Stop Loss. If you need a wider Stop, you can trade a 0.1 lot: this will make each point cost $0.1. Stop Loss will be 150 points. With 5% risk ($25), you can allow a 250-point SL. The profit in this case (if your Take Profit is 3 times bigger) will be $75.

Deposit = $1000

If your deposit is $1000, you, of course, will be capable to open even bigger trades. The risk of 3% for a trade ($30) and 1:1000 leverage will allow you to trade 0.3 lots with a Stop Loss of 100 points. The risk of 10% ($100) will allow you to trade 1 lot. In this case, 300 points of profit will account for a gain of $300. The optimal risk of $30 a trade will allow you to trade 0.1 lots with the SL of 300 points. The potential gain will be $90.

There may be different combinations depending on the percent of your account you want to assign for a trade and the size of Stop Loss in points you need for your trade. For the purpose of your account’s safety, it’s recommended to keep the risk per trade (calculated as % of your account) at roughly the same level. As a result, you can multiply your gains in a single trade by choosing a bigger deposit.

Deposit

Risk per trade

Profit if the market moves 900 points in your favor

Loss if the market moves 300 points against you

$100

3%

$9

$3

$500

3%

$45

$15

$1000

3%

$90

$30

Another important thing: remember about Margin Calls and Stop Outs. Margin Call is an allowed margin level of 40% and lower. At this point, the company is entitled but not liable to close all open positions of a client due to the lack of free margin. Stop Out is a minimum allowed level of margin (20% and lower) at which the trading program will start to close client's open positions one by one in order to prevent further losses that lead to a negative balance (below $0).

If you abide by the rules of risk management and don’t put your entire deposit in trading at once, you’ll be safe from Margin Calls and Stop Outs.

The capital you need for trading

As you see, you need at least $5 to start trading. The rest is up to you! Make an estimate of your knowledge and experience and also think about your goals. How much money would you like to earn? How often will you trade? The bigger the deposit, the bigger the position size, the more you will earn from one trade. All of that should be weighed against the background of risks. 

Please make sure that you spend only your spare money on trading and not the money that covers your basic life needs. Trading offers great opportunities to profit, but it’s risky and losses are possible.

Frequently asked questions

  • How to withdraw the money you earned with FBS?

    The procedure is very straightforward.  Go to the Withdrawal page on the website or the Finances section of the FBS Personal Area and access Withdrawal. You can get the earned money via the same payment system that you used for depositing. In case you funded the account via various methods, withdraw your profit via the same methods in the ratio according to the deposited sums.

  • How to open an FBS account?

    Click the ‘Open account’ button on our website and proceed to the Personal Area. Before you can start trading, pass a profile verification. Confirm your email and phone number, get your ID verified. This procedure guarantees the safety of your funds and identity. Once you are done with all the checks, go to the preferred trading platform, and start trading. 

  • How to start trading?

    If you are 18+ years old, you can join FBS and begin your FX journey. To trade, you need a brokerage account and sufficient knowledge on how assets behave in the financial markets. Start with studying the basics with our free educational materials and creating an FBS account. You may want to test the environment with virtual money with a Demo account. Once you are ready, enter the real market and trade to succeed.

  • How to activate Level Up Bonus?

    Open Level Up Bonus account in web or mobile version of FBS Personal Area and get up to $140 free to your account.

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