Pepperstone Leverage For UK Traders

Pepperstone Limited is the FCA regulated subsidiary for UK residences that has a maximum leverage requirement of 30:1 for retail traders. Only those that qualify as a professional trader can get the higher 500:1 leverage that Pepperstone can offer.

Learn more about Pepperstone UK leverage across their CFDs offering below.

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Pepperstone UK Leverage Levels By Instrument

Pepperstone offers flexible leverage on over +150 tradable instruments. The wide range of instruments offered by Pepperstone UK includes FX currencies, CFDs, commodities, and cryptocurrencies.

Under the ESMA regulation, the available leverage for the UK retail traders is 30:1. However, if you qualify as a professional trader you can enjoy maximum leverage of 500:1.

View the Pepperstone UK leverage levels by each market below.

Instrument TradedRetail Client LeverageProfessional Client Leverage
Index CFDs20:1200:1

Your leverage will be fixed per asset traded above due to ESMA rules.

You can qualify as a Professional Pepperstone UK Client if you have adequate experience and knowledge in CFDs, and you meet 2 out of the 3 FCA criteria listed below:

  1. You have carried out at least 10 transactions of significant size ($50k notional) per quarter on average for the last year.
  2. Your investment portfolio exceeds 500k EUR.
  3. You have worked as a professional in the financial sector for at least one year

Note: If you trade under an investment firm or company of adequate size, you may also qualify. Speak to your Pepperstone Account Manager if you think this applies to you.

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Pepperstone UK Leverage FAQs

Leverage is needed in the foreign exchange market so you can profit from the extremely small daily currency exchange fluctuations. Leverage allows retail investors to control larger sums of money than their initial deposit and magnify their returns. But, since leverage is like a double-edged sword, it can also magnify the potential losses. Therefore, it’s prudent to implement sound risk management techniques when trading leveraged products such as currencies and CFDs.

Once you open a Pepperstone live account, inside the secure client area, you have the option to change the level of leverage used based on your risk appetite. You have to be aware that a different level of leverage involves different margin requirements.

Under the ESMA new regulations, UK forex retail clients benefit from sizeable protections, including negative account balance protection, 50% margin close-out rule, guaranteed stop losses, leverage restriction between 30:1 to 2:1. Pepperstone UK offers additional risk management tools for currency traders with a low-risk appetite, including sophisticated stop loss order types and lightning-fast order execution of 30 milliseconds.

Summary Of Pepperstone UK Leverage

The maximum leverage for Pepperstone is 30:1 for retail traders as set by ESMA rules. This is the same as other FCA regulated UK forex brokers.

The exact retail trader leverage levels are:

  • Forex = 30:1
  • Indices = 20:1
  • Gold = 20:1
  • Other Commodities = 10:1
  • Equities = 5:1
  • Cryptocurrencies = 2:1

An active trader generally needs to have placed significantly sizes trades periodically over the past year, have significant cash deposits and financial instrument portfolio and/or have worked in a professional position in the financial sector. These are general guidelines and you should review the Pepperstone website for more exact requirements.

Professional Trader Pepperstone Leverage Comparison

Instrument TradedPepperstone LeverageIG Markets LeverageCMC Markets LeveragePlus500 Leverage
Index CFDs200:1200:1500:1300:1
Share CFDs20:120:120:120:1
Commodities500:125:1 to 200:1

Outside Of The UK?

This page was designed for UK residences. If you are outside of the UK you may want to view our high leverage broker section and you can use our international Pepperstone leverage page powered by Pepperstone Group Limited. You can also see our article on how brokers make money to learn more about the operations of any forex broker such as Pepperstone.

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