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Important Update: Changes to Maximum Stop Loss and Leverage

UPDATE 13.07.2015

Following the EU deal accepted by Greece, the margin requirement and the leverage limitation have been removed. You can now set your SL at 100% without adding more funds.

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UPDATE 10.07.2015

Due to the European ultimatum to Greece we are lowering the maximum leverage on all currency pairs to 1:100.

The limitation will only apply to new positions.

We expect to go back to previous levels some time on Monday.

Thank you again for your cooperation.

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UPDATE 07.07.2015

Due to current market conditions, the margin requirement has been decreased to 25% on currencies, commodities and indices.

That means that you can now adjust your Stop Loss to use 75% of your initial invested amount. The limitation on high-leverage trading has also been lifted.

Thank you again for your cooperation.

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UPDATE 03.07.2015

As we have been communicating to you this week, the market conditions may be volatile ahead of the voting on the Greek Referendum this weekend.

Due to this, we are lowering the maximum leverage on all currency pairs to 1:100.

The margin requirements will only apply to new positions. We expect to go back to previous levels some time on Monday.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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In light of the rising tension regarding the Eurozone situation and in continuation to our post from yesterday, we wanted to inform you that as of today we will be temporarily implementing the Maximum Stop Loss feature to ALL instruments on our platform. This feature was introduced when we launched real time stocks.

This feature, also known as “maintenance margin” in financial lingo, is aimed at protecting your positions from losing more money than you allocated to them.

We undertook this temporary measure because during times of market volatility, prices can swing up and down by large increments. Therefore, when you set your SL amount to 100% there is a high risk of the rate skipping your set SL rate, causing you to lose more than you invested.

For the time being, when setting a Stop Loss amount upon opening a position, you will no longer be able to set the SL at a 100% of your invested amount. Rather you will be limited to a maximum Stop Loss rate of 50% for all instruments on our system.

But what if you want to extend your SL?

Fear not. You can change the Stop Loss AFTER opening the trade using “edit Stop Loss”. Bear in mind that extending the Stop Loss means that additional funds will be allocated to the trade.

Example:
You open a trade with $100 with the Stop Loss set to the maximum allowable loss – for example 50% (meaning that the trade will close when the position reaches a loss of $50). If you then wish to extend the Stop Loss and set it to $100 for example, an additional $50 will be allocated from your balance to the position (bringing the invested amount up to $150, and the Stop Loss to $100).

What will happen to existing positions?

As long as you do not try to edit the Stop Loss, your positions will remain with their current Stop Loss. However, when you try to edit the Stop Loss on an existing trade, the necessary funds will be allocated to the trade.

For example: You have a $100 position with a 95% SL (or $95). You decide to edit the SL to $75. Given that the new maximum Stop Loss is 50%, the system will allocate an additional $25 to the position. Just as if you had opened this position as a new one, set the SL to $50 and then extended it to $75, allocating an additional $25 to the position.

We trust that this change will protect your trades from the additional risks that come with extreme market volatility and wish you an exciting trading week!

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