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What is the difference between Retail and Professional Clients?

Why do brokers divide all the investors into Retail and Professional Clients?

The main goal is to provide maximum security and the best support. This policy also allows you to choose the option that fits best for you. If you want maximum security, you should choose to be a Retail Client, while if you are a seasoned trader, able to assess risks and willing to trade based on your own experience, you can become a Professional Client.

Click here to learn more about client categorisation.

Retail Clients.

When you open your account, you automatically get the Retail Client status. The following shows the leverage breakdown depending on a particular asset class:

  1. 30:1 for major currency pairs (3.33% margin)
  2. 20:1 for minor currency pairs, gold and major indices (5% margin)
  3. 10:1 for commodities other than gold and minor indices (10% margin)
  4. 5:1 for individual equities and other reference values (20% margin)
  5. 2:1 for cryptocurrencies (50% margin)

Professional Clients.

Unlike retail traders, Professional Clients are experienced traders that know how to assess and watch all risks one can face while trading.

You can apply for the Professional Client status if you want to trade with no leverage restrictions. If you wish to apply for professional status, you can click here.

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