Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 76.5% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading spread bets and CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

When does a margin call and stop out occur?

For the MT4/5 platforms a margin call occurs when equity on the account falls below 90% of the margin required for maintaining your positions and an automatic stop out will occur when account equity falls below 50% of the margin required for the trades.

This percentage is constantly calculated and updated on your platform and is called 'margin level'. If your equity (balance minus open profit/loss) falls below 50% of the margin required to maintain the open position(s) they will be automatically closed. This is calculated as follows:

Margin level (equity / margin) = < 90% (margin call warning)

Margin level (equity / margin) = < 20% (stop out)

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On cTrader, the margin call settings can be adjusted to your preferred margin level but are set by default at 500%, 100% and 80%. Smart stop-outs occur when equity falls below 50% of the margin required for open trades on the account. 

Margin level (equity / margin) = < 50% (cTrader stop out)

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