Professional account

Join the pro Club. Keep your leverage high.

 

Become a professional client.
Keep your leverage high.

 

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has introduced a new regulation that will cap leverage available to retail traders. The new rule comes into effect on 1st August 2018 and it will require from retail traders to add more funds, should they wish to retain their current trading style. You can avoid this limitation by becoming a professional client.

How to become a professional client?

I am an existing client. How to avoid leverage restrictions and become a professional client?

 

 

Not eligible for a Professional client? No problem!

 

If you don’t satisfy the EPC requirements, you can continue using your ThinkMarkets account as a retail client and the relevant leverage restrictions will apply. We will notify you once the changes come into effect. The ESMA rules apply to brokers based in the EU. Clients trading with brokers based outside the EU are exempt from the changes. For more information, please contact our customer service team.

 

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Retail Account Professional Account Maximum leverage up to 30:1 up to 400:1 Eligible for all loyalty rewards and benefits Senior trader direct line £1,000,000 insurance protection Client money remains segregated from our funds Best Execution remains unchanged Eligible for the FSCS Rights to complain to the Financial Ombudsman Service Mandatory margin close-out rule Negative balance protection


Frequently asked questions

 


Why is leverage being limited?

In March 2018, ESMA, the European Securities and Markets Authority, announced that they will be restricting leverage to a maximum of 30:1 in an attempt to strengthen financial trading and protect retail traders form high risk. These limitations do not apply for ThinkMarkets professional trading accounts or other accounts onboarded under the Australian entity of ThinkMarkets.
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When does the new regulation come into effect?

The new regulation comes into effect on 1st August on 2018.

 

I am not eligible. What now?

If you don’t satisfy the EPC requirements, you can continue using your ThinkMarkets account as a retail client and the relevant leverage restrictions will apply. We will notify you once the changes come into effect. The ESMA rules apply to brokers based in the EU. Clients trading with brokers based outside the EU are exempt from the changes. For more information, please contact our customer service team.

 

What is included in a “financial instrument portfolio”?

A financial instrument portfolio includes cash deposits, savings, shares, options and fund investments. Please note that property portfolios are not included.

 

How much experience do I need in the financial sector in order to qualify?

You work or have worked in the financial sector for at least 12 months in a position that requires knowledge of CFDs and/or spread betting transactions.



Are there any tax implications?

No changes apply to the tax status of the products we provide to our clients.

 

Do I have to provide proof of meeting the criteria?

In accordance with the FCA regulations, elective professional account holders might be required to provide proof of meeting the criteria.

 

 

What protections does the elective professional trader lose?

Elective professional traders are not protected by negative balance protection and therefore may lose more than they deposit. ThinkMarkets will assume that an EPC client has a certain level of knowledge of the financial markets and we can therefore use sophisticated language in our communications.





 
Losses can exceed deposits. Ensure you fully understand all risks involved and seek independent advice if necessary.
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