What is the maximum leverage available?

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CFD trading offers the ability to trade a variety of financial instruments with leverage, meaning you can open larger positions than your account balance would allow in traditional investing. This creates the possibility of larger profits, but also carries the risk of larger losses.
For example, if you trade with a leverage of 20:1, it means you can trade a notional value 20 times greater than the capital in your trading account.

Retail clients have restrictions to leverage, set by the regulator, of between 30:1 and 5:1. The maximum leverage varies per asset class.

30:1 - major currency pairs;
20:1- non-major currency pairs, gold and major indices;
10:1- commodities other than gold and non-major equity indices;
5:1 - shares.

You can view and change your current leverage in your app settings (‘Account’ > ‘My accounts’ > ‘Trading options’).

Please see the following page on our website for more on leverage: https://capital.com/leverage-definition 

It is possible to gain access to increased leverage if you qualify as an elective professional client. In order to qualify, you would need to provide evidence of at least two of the following criteria:

  • Having carried out an average of 10 transactions of significant size per quarter, in the relevant market, for the last year.
  • Having a liquid investment portfolio exceeding 500,000 EUR.
  • Working or having worked, for at least one year, in a professional position in the financial sector relevant for the Firm’s services and leveraged products.

For details of the leverage available to professional clients, please refer to the following page on our website: https://capital.com/professional 

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