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Professional Accounts

Become a Professional Trader with Strattonmarkets

Apply to become a professional client in order to trade with your current market rates

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has formally adopted new measures on the provision of CFDs to Retail clients in the European Union which shall take effect on the 1st of August 2018. The measures include significant downsize in leverage, a specific margin close out rule, restrictions on trading benefits, etc.

Differences between classified Retail Traders and Professional Traders

CFDs Asset Classes

Forex Major & Minor Pairs
Forex Exotic Pairs
Energy Commodities
Major Indices
Minor Indices
Stocks & Shares
Other Features
Negative balance Protection
Margin close out rule¹
Access to contests and other benefits
Dedicated Account Manager
Multilingual Customer Support
Trading Signals
Access to VIP Platinum Education
Eligible for ICF compensation²

Keep your standards as a Professional Trader

As a Strattonmarkets Professional Trader you will continue to enjoy:

Negative Balance Protection

Never be subjected to lose more than your balance

Access to Premium Contests

Participate in exclusive trading contests and programs

Dedicated Account Manager

Continued personal support from your account manager

Trading Central Trading Signals

Receive daily trading signals and news

Access to VIP Platinum Education

Benefit from professional trading education

Higher Leverage

Trade with up to 400:1 leverage

Segregation of clients’ funds

Your funds remain to be kept in segregated bank accounts

Requirements in order to become a Professional Trader

You can become a professional client if you submit an application and meet among others two out of the three criteria mentioned below3:

  • Trading Volume – You have opened at least 10 trades per quarter for the past year, and each trade size (volume) was at least $4,000 in Stocks/Cryptos and/or $18,500 in Forex/Commodities (with Strattonmarkets or any other broker).
  • Relevant Experience – You have at least one-year experience working in the financial field in a professional position, which requires knowledge of the CFDs market and services.
  • Financial Status – Your portfolio’s size4 is equivalent to or exceed EUR 500,000; cash deposits and financial instruments inclusive.

1 A standardised margin close out rule at the percentage of the minimum initial required margin prescribed above on a per account basis. For professional clients’ trading accounts the percentage is subject to changes.

2 The objective of the Investor Compensation Fund (ICF) is to secure claims of Retail Clients through the payment of compensation (up to €20,000) in cases where we default on our obligations to you, if certain conditions are met. Read more here.

3 You can decide whether you wish to submit an application now or at a later stage or even remain to be treated as retail client. Please note that you have the option to revert your status back to retail once you become professional at any time if you wish so.

4 Financial instruments include shares, cash deposits made to fund or profits accrued from investing in derivatives, debt instruments and cash deposits. They do not include property, traditional commodity ownership or the notional value of derivative instruments.

You can read more about the product intervention measures of ESMA here and at our Client Categorization Policy here.

Trading CFDs can be risky and all capital can be lost