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Here we explain what negative balance protection means for your funds and why you should care.
Let’s say that you deposit R20 000 (ZAR) and go long the SASOL share with 10:1 leverage. The value of your position is R200,000 (ZAR). An unexpected market event causes the price to drop rapidly by 5% beyond your margin call close out level. You suffer a 50% loss due to leverage, meaning a total loss of R100 000 (ZAR). Your account is now - R80 000 (ZAR).
If you place this trade with a broker that doesn’t offer negative balance protection, you will owe R10 000. The broker has the right to take action against you in order to collect the amount owed.
A broker who offers negative balance protection has risk management tools in place that prevent your account from going below zero. You will only lose your initial deposit and the broker will remove the negaitve balance.
At ThinkMarkets, we understand that no risk management rule can protect traders from extreme volatility during announcements, market openings and unexpected global events. That’s why we take the responsibility to protect your total balance* with ThinkMarkets from going negative.
*Combined balance of all trading accounts after all opened trades have been closed.