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ESMA’s new requirements

The European Securities and Markets Authority's (ESMA) new requirements relating to conditions for providing CFD trading to Retail clients of financial organizations that perform their operations in the European Union countries will come into effect. These requirements will be applied to all EU companies.

For your convenience, we’ve prepared the complete list of upcoming changes with their clarification:

1. Leverage limitations.

Starting from July 30th 2018, the maximum leverage value for all newly-opened CFD positions will be limited depending on the asset type:

Instruments Leverage
for major Currency pairs 1:30
for non-major Currency pairs, Gold, major Indices 1:20
for other Commodities and other Indices 1:10
for Stocks 1:5
for Cryptocurrencies 1:2

In case there are open positions on your accounts on July 30th 2018, the leverage value for them won’t be changed and the margin requirements will remain intact until the moment these positions are closed.

2. "Stop Out" on a per account basis.

This feature will standardize the percentage of margin (at 50% of minimum required margin) at which a provider is required to close out one or more of your open CFD positions.


3. Negative balance protection on a per account basis.

From now on, all the traders are guaranteed with the negative balance protection. Negative balance protection ensures that a trader can't lose more money than he has on his account.

Schedule your trading as per the bank holidays around the world!

It is important for any trader to know when the upcoming national holidays are as they can have a large impact on the Forex Market. Check the in-depth annual holiday schedule provided by AGM Markets in order to keep track of the public holidays observed all over the world. This calendar not only will keep you updated but also it will help you schedule your trading accordingly. You can search for specific events, filter by month, country, currency, as well as view past holidays. The list of international bank holidays affecting the Forex Market in 2015 is listed below:

Due to the Easter holidays in the USA and the European countries, Catholic Good Friday and Easter Monday, there will be some changes to the trading schedule., trading hours in a number of instruments will be affected.

Instruments Changed Schedule*
Forex Normal trading hours
(Gold, Silver)
March 30th 2018 - No trading
From April 2nd 2018 - trading starts as usual
Energy CFDs
Light Sweet Crude Oil March 30th 2018 - No trading
From April 2nd 2018 - trading starts as usual
Brent Crude Oil March 30th 2018 - No trading
From April 2nd 2018 - trading starts as usual

All Times are in GMT

Please note, that because of significant reduction of liquidity on the market during the holidays, spreads for some trading instruments may be essentially expanded.

Please, take into account these changes in schedule when planning your trading activity.

* – This schedule is for informational purposes only and may be changed by the provider.

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