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Margin & Leverage

Global Prime offers modest leverage to give traders the best chance of successfully trading some of the most challenging markets in the world.

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Margin & Leverage Rates

Why 1:100-1:200?

Global Prime offers modest margin and leverage rates to traders, typically from 1:100-1:200, as we see these as the maximum rates that traders can utilise without being detrimental to their profitability or success. Higher leverage such as 1:500 are not normally offered by ECN brokers like Global Prime.

  • 1:100 Standard Leverage

1% Margin Requirement

  • 1:200 Maximum Leverage

0.5% Margin Requirement

  • XAUUSD 1:100 Leverage*

1% Margin Requirement

*Regardless of account leverage setting

Global Prime Margin Testimonial
Instrument Group Symbol Margin %
Forex All 1% (0.5% by request)
Forex TRY & HKD crosses 5%
Metals All 1%
Energies All 1%
Indices All 1%
Margin call / Stop out levels

Margin Call @ 120% margin Level

Margin level is calculated by Equity divided by used margin. It is advised that you should either close off positions to free up margin or add additional funds to increase available margin.

Margin Call Alerts

As a broker that sends trades to the market, we are extremely risk averse when it comes to overleveraged accounts which can lead to negative balances. Negative balances can occur if you are holding exposure and the market moves to a new level which leads to a loss on your open positions greater than the balance of your account. The trades are then closed, leaving a negative balance.

It's important to note that if your account balance goes negative you will be required to deposit funds to bring the account balance back to 0. This doesn’t happen very often but if you are hovering in Margin Call territory then your chances of a negative balance occurring are much higher.

On a B-book broker when an account goes negative, the broker has first of all made the entire deposit as profit and since the clients trades did not go to market the broker doesn't owe that money to a counterparty AKA liquidity providers. With Global Prime if an account goes negative the trades were executed in the real market so we have real exposure with our Prime Brokers and liquidity providers and we would owe that negative balance to those counterparties.

This is obviously something that we never want to see happen and is one of the reasons why we endeavour to contact you when overexposed to ask that you check and reduce your exposure to ensure it doesn’t get to that.

Margin Stop Out @ 100% margin Level

This means that Equity divided by used margin equals 1. In other words equity has dropped so low that it equals the used margin. For example if you have $5,000 balance, $500 margin and a -$4,500 sustained loss resulting in $500 running equity. In the event of a market gap, the Margin Stop may not protect an account from going into negative balance. The more exposure carried, the higher the risk of a negative balance occurring.

Global Prime

ECN Account Features

Pricing & Execution
From 0.0 Pips
1:100 or 1:200
Minimum Deposit
A$ 200 or equivalent
Zero Fee
Multiple Funding Options
Margin Call/Stop
120% & 100%
Min. Trade Size
0.01 Lots
Max. Trade Size
Up to 1000 Lots
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  • Available Markets

    48 FX, 20 Commodities, 14 Indices

  • ECN Account Types

    Individual, Joint, Corporate and Trust accounts

  • Currencies & Commissions

    7 AUD, 7 USD, 6.2 EUR, 5.4 GBP, 9.5 SGD, 9 CAD

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does ECN mean? Right Arrow

Electronic Communications Networks or ‘ECNs’ are off-exchange execution venues which allow market participants to trade with a range of counterparties anonymously. They are the main trading venues for OTC markets such as Foreign Exchange and Metals.

This basically means ECNs provide the technology and venue for price makers aka ‘liquidity providers’ to distribute their liquidity. Price takers (traders) can see these prices and execute trades against them. The ECN is therefore responsible for prices/quotes and the execution of orders.

See our ECN page for a detailed overview of the Global Prime ECN offering.

What is margin? Right Arrow

Trading a leveraged security means that you have access to far more buying power within the market then your actual balance would allow. A ‘down payment’ or ‘collateral’ of sorts is required in order for us to provide you the leverage you wish to trade with. This ‘collateral’ is what is referred to as margin. For leverage of 1:100, 1% must be put up by the client as collateral, or 1% margin.

What is the margin requirement? Right Arrow

This depends on the leverage you have on your account. For accounts with 1:100, the margin requirement is 1% and for accounts with 1:200, the margin requirement is 0.5% of the intended exposure.

What is the Global Prime’s leverage? Right Arrow

Leverage refers to the ability for you to maximise your buying potential by enabling clients to trade at multiples of their account balance. For instance, if you have 1:100 leverage with an account balance of 1000 USD, your buying power in the FX market is 100,000 or 100x your account balance.

We offer standard leverage of 1:100 with a maximum leverage of 1:200, pending an assessment of the riskiness of your trading style. Reach out to our team to find out more.

Does Global Prime offer negative balance protection? Right Arrow

Global Prime does not offer negative balance protection.

We do have other protections in place to try to mitigate the possibility for a negative balance. This takes the form of our margin call level at 120% that is designed to provide you with a warning shot that your positions are close to being stopped out which occurs at 100%. This system is in place as a risk mitigation mechanism that is designed to prevent you from going into negative balance on losing trades however, this is not guaranteed and it is possible to go into negative balance even with the margin stop out.

Margin call = warning shot that your positions are close to stop out level, occurs at 120% margin level

Margin stop out = when equity divided by free margin = 1 ie: when your margin level reaches 100%, your positions will be stopped out in an effort to free up margin and prevent the account balance from going into negative territory.

Does higher leverage = higher losses? Right Arrow

Higher leverage results in the ability to open larger positions than your account balance. Accordingly, higher leverage can result in a higher losing potential including losing more than your initial deposit.

What happens if my account goes into negative balance? Right Arrow

If your account goes into negative balance, you are required to deposit the amount required in order to bring the balance back to 0.