CFD Margins

Trading With Leverage

CFDs are traded on margin. This means that you are able to leverage your investment by opening positions of larger size than the funds you have to place as margin collateral.

The margin is the amount reserved on your trading account to cover any potential losses from an open CFD position. Please also note that it is possible that a loss may exceed the required margin when trading on leverage.

Margin requirements vary from instrument to instrument and can be changed at any time to reflect market conditions. Clients will be notified in advance where possible for larger re-ratings or changing of margin requirements for very popular instruments.

Margin requirements by CFD type and instrument are always listed under the CFD Trading Conditions on the trading platforms but can also be seen below.

Please note that Saxo Capital Markets reserves the right to increase margin requirements for large position sizes, including client portfolios which are considered to be of very high risk or where market conditions require such increases.

It is your responsibility to ensure that the required margin collateral, as listed in the Account Summary on the trading platforms, is maintained at all times. If the funds in your account fall below this margin, you will be subject to a margin call where you must either:

  • Reduce the size of the open margin positions and/or
  • Provide more funds (margin collateral) to the trading account.

When the required margin exceeds your margin collateral, you are at risk of a stop-out. In such a circumstance, Saxo Capital Markets is entitled to close ALL your margin positions on your behalf.

Index Tracker CFDs

Index-tracking CFD contract details (continuous)

Index Tracker Standard Margin


US 30 Wall Street 5%
US 500 5%
US Tech 100 NAS 5%


Belgium 20 5%
Denmark 20 20%
Denmark 20 Cap 20%
EU Stocks 50 5%
France 40 5%
Germany 30 5%
Germany Mid-Cap 50 5%
Germany Tech 30 5%
Italy 40 5%
Netherlands 25 20%
Norway 25 20%
Portugal 20 20%
South Africa 40 20%
Spain 35 5%
Sweden 30 5%
Switzerland 20 20%
UK 100 5%
UK Mid 250 5%


Australia 200 5%
Japan 225 5%
Hong Kong 5%

 Index-tracking CFD contract details (expiring)

Index Tracker Standard Margin
China 50 20%
India 50 20%
Singapore 20%
Taiwan 20%
US2000 20%
Single Stock CFDs

We have sorted our more than 8,800 online tradable CFDs in 5 different margin groups. Which margin group a CFD falls into depends on the market capitalisation, liquidity and volatility of the underlying asset. The leverage available on Single Stock CFDs begin at 10:1 which corresponds to only 10% margin.

Rating Margin requirement
1* 10%
2 20%
3 40%
4 80%
5 100%

*Leverage of 5:1 which is equivalent to 20% margin requirement and 10:1 (10% margin requirement) could also apply to some of the Stock Index Trackers and Single Stock CFD/ETF CFD. 

View individual Single Stock CFD margins

Commodity CFDs
Instrument Name Symbol Margin Requirement Leverage


Gold GOLD 20% 5:1
Silver SILVER 20% 5:1
Platinum PLATINUM 20% 5:1
Palladium PALLADIUM 20% 5:1
US Copper COPPERUS 20% 5:1


US Crude OILUS 20% 5:1
UK Crude OILUK 20% 5:1
Heating Oil HEATINGOIL 20% 5:1
Gasoline US GASOLINEUS 20% 5:1
Gas Oil GASOILUK 20% 5:1
US Natural Gas NATGAS 20% 5:1
CO2 Emissions EMISSIONS 20% 5:1


Corn CORN 20% 5:1
Wheat WHEAT 20% 5:1
Soybeans SOYBEANS 20% 5:1


NY Sugar No. 11 SUGARNY 20% 5:1
NY Coffee COFFEE 20% 5:1
NY Cocoa COCOA 20% 5:1


Live Cattle LIVECATTLE 20% 5:1
Forex CFDs

The leverage available for Forex CFDs is 5:1 which equals to 20% in margin.

Instrument Name Symbol Margin Requirement Leverage


Euro / US Dollar EURUSDEC 20% 5:1
Euro / Japanese Yen EURJPYRY 20% 5:1
Euro / Swiss Franc EURCHFRF 20% 5:1
Euro / British Pound EURGBPRP 20% 5:1
British Pound / US Dollar GBPUSDBP 20% 5:1
Australian Dollar / US Dollar AUDUSDAD 20% 5:1
USD Index USDINDEX 20% 5:1

See under 'Single Stock CFDs'.

Risk Warning

Trading risks are magnified by leverage – losses can exceed your deposits. Trade only after you have acknowledged and accepted the risks. You should carefully consider whether trading in leveraged products is appropriate for you based on your financial circumstances. Please consider our Risk Warning and General Business Terms before trading with us.

CFDs Risk Warning

A CFD is categorised as a red product as it is considered an investment product with a high complexity and a high risk.

Saxo Capital Markets is required to categorise investment products offered to retail clients depending on the product’s complexity and risk as: green, yellow or red. Please refer to our "Product Risk Categorisation".