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# Margin

Margin is the amount of money required in your account in order to open a position, IC Markets offers margin rates of up to 500:1. Margin is calculated based on the current price of the base currency against USD, the size (volume) of the position and the leverage applied to your trading account. If you do not have sufficient free equity available you will be unable to open a position on the trading platform. The free margin amount shown in the trading platform is the amount you have available to use should you wish to open additional positions.

Margin is calculated using the following formulae:

Margin required = (current market price x Volume) / Account leverage

In practice this would be calculated as follows:
If you open a position of 0.1 (10000) in EUR/USD at the current market price of 1.35645 and your account has a leverage of 1:500 you would calculated the margin required as follows:

(1.35645 x 10000) / 500 = \$27.12

In this example the margin on this position would be \$27.12, therefore in order to open a positions of this size you would require at least \$27.12 in free margin in your trading account.

IC Markets offers a maximum of 1: 500 leverage (or 0.2% margin) on most of the FX pairs & Metals. However, the Exotic pairs have a maximum of 1:100 leverage( or 1.0% Margin).

FX MAJORS
Margin
Leverage
AUDUSD
0.2%
1:500
EURUSD
0.2%
1:500
GBPUSD
0.2%
1:500
0.2%
1:500
USDCHF
0.2%
1:500
USDJPY
0.2%
1:500

FX Minors
Margin
Leverage
0.2%
1:500
AUDCHF
0.2%
1:500
AUDJPY
0.2%
1:500
AUDNZD
0.2%
1:500
0.2%
1:500
0.2%
1:500
CHFJPY
0.2%
1:500
EURAUD
0.2%
1:500
0.2%
1:500
EURCHF
0.2%
1:500
EURGBP
0.2%
1:500
EURJPY
0.2%
1:500
EURNZD
0.2%
1:500
GBPAUD
0.2%
1:500
0.2%
1:500
GBPCHF
0.2%
1:500
GBPJPY
0.2%
1:500
GBPNZD
0.2%
1:500
0.2%
1:500
NZDCHF
0.2%
1:500
NZDJPY
0.2%
1:500
NZDUSD
0.2%
1:500
USDSGD
0.2%
1:500

FX Exotics
Margin
Leverage
AUDSGD
1.0%
1:100
EURDKK
1.0%
1:100
EURHKD
1.0%
1:100
EURNOK
1.0%
1:100
EURPLN
1.0%
1:100
EURSEK
1.0%
1:100
EURSGD
1.0%
1:100
EURTRY
1.0%
1:100
EURZAR
1.0%
1:100
GBPDKK
1.0%
1:100
GBPNOK
1.0%
1:100
GBPSEK
1.0%
1:100
GBPSGD
1.0%
1:100
NOKJPY
1.0%
1:100
NOKSEK
1.0%
1:100
SEKJPY
1.0%
1:100
SGDJPY
1.0%
1:100
USDCNH
1.0%
1:100
USDDKK
1.0%
1:100
USDHUF
1.0%
1:100
USDMXN
1.0%
1:100
USDNOK
1.0%
1:100
USDPLN
1.0%
1:100
USDRUB
1.0%
1:100
USDSEK
1.0%
1:100
USDTRY
1.0%
1:100
USDHKD
1.0%
1.0%
USDZAR
1.0%
1:100

Metals
Margin
Leverage
XAGEUR
0.2%
1:500
XAGUSD
0.2%
1:500
XAUEUR
0.2%
1:500
XAUUSD
0.2%
1:500

Index
Margin
Leverage
AUS200
0.5%
1:200
US30
0.5%
1:200
US500
0.5%
1:200
UK100
0.5%
1:200
DE30
0.5%
1:200
HK50
0.5%
1:200
USTEC
0.5%
1:200
F40
0.5%
1:200
STOXX50
0.5%
1:200
US2000
0.5%
1:200
JP225
0.5%
1:200
ES35
1%
1:100
IT40
1%
1:100