Forex

Forex - Margin and leverage

Level: Beginner / Length: 11 minutes

In this module, we’ll explore the concept of margin and leverage in more depth. It is not only a key part of forex trading, it can potentially make a huge difference to your trades – positively and negatively – so we assess the various aspects here.


How do you calculate nominal margin?

We’ll show you the impact of leverage on your trades.


It’s important to understand ‘nominal margin’ and how that is calculated. What is the ‘available margin’ in your account and what would the implications of a ‘margin call’ be? 

We show you what to be aware of and walk you through some examples.

  • What margin is and what it does
  • How to calculate nominal margin requirements
  • The effects of changes to those margin requirements
  • The advantages and disadvantages of leverage

Saxo Capital Markets HK Limited
Rooms 2001-02, 20/F York House
The Landmark
15 Queen's Road Central
Hong Kong

Hong Kong S.A.R

Saxo Capital Markets HK is a company authorised and regulated by the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong. Saxo Capital Markets HK Limited holds a Type 1 Regulated Activity (Dealing in securities); Type 2 Regulated Activity (Dealing in Futures Contract) and Type 3 Regulated Activity (Leveraged foreign exchange trading) licenses (CE No. AVD061). Registered address: Rooms 2001-02, 20/F York House, The Landmark, 15 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong

By clicking on certain links on this site, you are aware and agree to leave the website of Saxo Capital Markets, proceed on to the linked site managed by Saxo Group and where you will be subject to the terms of that linked site.

Apple, iPad and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the US and other countries. AppStore is a service mark of Apple Inc.

Please note that the information on this site and any product and services we offer are not targeted at investors residing in the United States and Japan, and are not intended for distribution to, or use by any person in any country or jurisdiction where such distribution or use would be contrary to local law or regulation. Please click here to view our full disclaimer.