How is the reserve funds calculated?

Important: To simplify the calculation of reserve funds requirements we recommend using the trader’s calculator.

The formula for calculating reserve funds in the base currency:

Reserve Funds = Contract size / Level

The base currency is a currency, standing first in the quote, for example:

  • in EURUSD the base currency is EUR;
  • in USDCHF the base currency is USD;
  • in GBPUSD the base currency is GBP;

The size of a contract is the amount of a contract in the base currency. The value of 1 lot is always 100,000 units of base currency. Accordingly, the value of 0.1 lot = 100,000 * 0.1 = 10,000 units of base currency, the value of 0.01 lots = 100,000 * 0.01 = 1,000 units of base currency;

Level is a ratio between the trader’s own funds and borrowed funds, for example:

  • 1:500 level -- 500;
  • 1:100 level -- 100.

After calculating the reserve funds in the base currency, convert it into the deposit currency (according to the exchange rate at the time of opening positions) -- US dollar, Euros, etc.

Consider this example:

A trader uses 1:500 level to open a position BUY 1 lot EURUSD 1.2457. The reserve for this position is calculated as follows:

  • For the position “BUY 1 lot EURUSD 1.2457”, the base currency is EUR. Thus, the reserve for this position will be 100,000 / 500 = 200 EUR;
  • If the currency of trading account is different from euro, the reserve funds calculated in EUR should be converted into the currency of trading account;
  • 200 EUR * EUR / USD (if the currency of the trading account is the US dollar).
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