What is Margin

Margin

Margin refers to money actually deposited into a forex trading account. A trader must have a certain amount of money, the “margin” in their account before they can trade in the forex market. The amount required relates directly to the amount of leverage available. For example, if a margin account has a value of $1000 and leverage is 100:1, the trader can trade up to $100,000 in foreign currencies. Note that the amount of available margin will increase or decrease as the value of the forex currencies actively traded increase and decrease in value, through a process named “marked to market”, through which profits and losses are immediately credited to or deducted from the trader’s margin account.