Margin is the deposit needed to trade forex. It's the amount of money that you put up, and not the amount of money that you borrow. Say, you have $100 in your account and your leverage is 100:1. This means that you can trade up to $100,000 worth of currencies..
In forex, the margin is the miminum amount - or deposit - required to place a trade. Think of margin and deposit as interchangeable terms.
Many brokers offer leverage of 100 to one, which means that your $1,000 deposit can get you as much as $100,000 in currency. Or, putting it another way, if you want to purchase $100,000 of USD/EUR at 100:1 leverage, you’ll need to cough up the 1 per cent margin, or $1,000.
Should the currency pair move in your favour by 1 per cent, your gain is catapulted to 100 per cent - a $1,000 profit suddenly becomes a $2,000 profit. Of course, a move in the other direction means your initial $1,000 deposit is completely wiped out.
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