With great power comes great responsibility; and successful FX traders know that this adage rings especially true with leverage.

onadaWe asked our top traders for their 2016 resolutions and avoiding excessive leverage ranked highly. It’s key to securing your ropes when scaling the markets – as our climbing trader knows only too well!

Leverage can build profits, but with the wrong approach it can also destroy a trader’s work. It should be handled with care and deployed only in the situations that call for it. Just because you have the ability to unsheathe maximum leverage, doesn’t mean that you should every time. In fact, many top traders report that they seldom use the full amount at their disposal.

Above all, traders want to decrease the likelihood of a margin closeout, where losses hit a threshold that triggers the closeout of all positions. Along with minimizing account leverage to a level that best suits experience and risk appetite, limiting the number of open positions and using smaller position sizes is also key.

Next time – the importance of having, and sticking to, your financial game plan.

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