The Terminal module located at the bottom of the MT4 platform allows you to manage and monitor all your trading activities, pending orders, trading account history, cash operations, overall balance, equity and your margin. Read on to learn more about how you can make the most of it.
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*Since the recording of these videos, negative balance protection has come into force from 02.10.17. This means that whilst trading losses cannot exceed funds in your account, your capital is still at risk.
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The ‘Terminal’ module located at the bottom of the MT4 platform allows you to manage and monitor all your trading activities, pending orders, trading account history, cash operations, overall balance, equity and your margin.
The Terminal acts as your main trading hub, so let’s take a closer look at how to use it. A good understanding of how it works will help you to trade successfully over the long term.
In the first 'Trade' tab, you can see all the details of your positions, both open and pending.
At the bottom, you can see a summary of your entire trading account:
There are two important levels to remember when it comes to your margin.
If your account margin level reaches 100%, you can still close your open positions, but you cannot open any new positions.
Margin Level = (Equity / Margin) x 100
At XTB, your margin close level is set to 50%, which means that if your margin level falls below this level, the platform starts to close your losing positions automatically. This is an automatic safety mechanism to help protect your account funds and prevent losses from deepening. It starts by closing the biggest losing position, and stops when your margin level returns to at least 50%.
The terminal window has also a number of helpful bookmarks, but the second most important is definitely ‘Account History’.
You can view and analyse all your past trading activity and generate a report of a specified period.
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