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Forex MT4 Accounts

MetaTrader 4 is a well-known trading platform, appreciated by many traders around the world. No need for third-party bridges anymore, now you can use a direct connection to SWFX Swiss Marketplace provided by Dukascopy.

Please note that the trading conditions, list of instruments, swaps are different from the standard FX account, which is opened for trading on JForex platform. The following sections of the page describe trading specifications in details.

Trading Specifications

Specifications Description
Account Currency USD, EUR, GBP, CHF, PLN
Deposit Currency USD, CHF, EUR, GBP, AUD, CAD, CZK, DKK, HKD, HUF, ILS, JPY, MXN, NOK, NZD, PLN, RON, RUB, CNH, SEK, SGD, TRY, XAU, ZAR
Instrument List AUD/CAD, AUD/CHF, AUD/JPY, AUD/NZD, AUD/SGD, AUD/USD, CAD/CHF, CAD/JPY, CHF/JPY, CHF/SGD, EUR/AUD, EUR/CAD, EUR/CHF, EUR/GBP, EUR/JPY, EUR/NOK, EUR/NZD, EUR/PLN, EUR/SEK, EUR/SGD, EUR/USD, GBP/AUD, GBP/CAD, GBP/CHF, GBP/JPY, GBP/NZD, GBP/USD, NZD/CAD, NZD/CHF, NZD/JPY, NZD/USD, SGD/JPY, USD/CAD, USD/CHF, USD/JPY, USD/NOK, USD/PLN, USD/SEK, USD/SGD, USD/ZAR, XAU/USD
Default Leverage 1:30
Max Net Exposure 3'000'000 in primary currency / 30 lots for FX
2'300 ounces / 23 lots for XAU/USD
Min Lot 0.01 lot (1 lot = 100'000 units for FX or 100 ounces for XAU)
Margin Call Level 100%
Stop Out Level 50%
Close By Disabled
Execution Type Market
Hedging Allowed
Expert Advisors Allowed
Trailing Stop Allowed
Maximum Orders 1'000
MT4 Server Time Summer Time (Daylight-Saving) = GMT+3
Winter Time (Standard) = GMT+2

Trading Fees

The volume commission rate is determined dynamically and depends on Net Deposit, Equity and Traded Volume according to Dukascopy's Fee Schedule. In addition to the standard fees, $1 per 1 MT4 lot ($10 per $1 million) is charged for trading on MetaTrader 4 platform.

The volume commission on MT4 accounts is calculated for a round turn transaction and is charged on opening trades in the account currency. The volume commission is calculated from the primary amount and converted to the Client Account's Balance Currency. The volume commission rate shown in the table below is expressed in US dollars per 1 lot (100'000 USD).

Net Deposit or Equity
(in USD equivalent)
Traded Volume
(in USD equivalent)
Volume Commission in USD per 1 round lot
Currencies XAU/USD
5'000 < 5 million 9 12.5
≥ 5'000 ≥ 5 million 8.6 11.9
≥ 10'000 ≥ 10 million 8 11
≥ 25'000 ≥ 25 million 7 9.5
≥ 50'000 ≥ 50 million 5.6 7.4
≥ 250'000 ≥ 250 million 5.2 6.8
≥ 500'000 ≥ 500 million 5 6.5
≥ 1'000'000 ≥ 1 billion 4.8 6.2
≥ 5'000'000 ≥ 5 billion 4.4 5.6
≥ 10'000'000 ≥ 10 billion 4 5

Margin requirements

The initial margin requirements are defined according to the standard margin policy of Dukascopy Europe. 

Maximum Net Exposure Limit

Maximum net exposure of each currency pair on one MT4 trading account is limited to 3 million units of primary currency (or 30 MT4 lots). For precious metals (XAU/USD only), the net exposure is limited to 2'300 ounces (or 23 MT4 lots).

Stop Loss or Take Profit orders are rejected and pending oders are not resubmitted by the system if the execution of these orders leads to the breach of the maximum net exposure limits.

Dukascopy Bank reserves the right to amend margin requirements and exposure limits at its entire discretion, without prior notice.

Margin Level and Margin Cut Policy

Margin Level is an indicator showing the amount of available margin to maintain open positions on the trading account. It is displayed in percentage in real-time and calculated as follows:

  Equity  
Margin Level =                                 x 100
  Used margin  

Metatrader 4 trading system constantly controls the margin level of all open positions in real-time and automatically liquidates positions when Margin Level falls below a predefined value.

Margin Level Description
> 100% Normal status
≤ 100% Margin call: The account is in warning status.
≤ 50% Stop Out: The most unprofitable positions are automatically closed untill the margin level is recovered back above 50% level.

Overnight Policy

The overnight policy for MT4 accounts is set to Regular policy applied for FX accounts.

The swap amount is calculated automatically at the end of every trading day. For Wednesday to Thursday rollover, the swap is deducted/added in a triple size. For USD/CAD, the swaps are tripled from Thursday to Friday. However, the exact calculation may be different depending on currency settlement holidays.

Please note that swap-free-accounts are not supported for MT4 accounts.

Please beware that on certain calendar days, multiple swaps must be applied and that consequently, your own calculation of applicable swap points may differ from swap points charged or credited to your account. If in doubt, please contact the Trading Support Desk.

Trading Notices

Please read important notices about MetaTrader4 trading.

Online Reports
In addition to the account history that is available in MetaTrader 4 platform, Dukascopy provides clients with Online Reports. We recommend consulting online reports periodically for historical or the most up-to-date account statements. As Dukascopy Online Reports are the main financial statement of your account, we highly recommend you to monitor on a regular basis the synchronisation between MetaTrader 4 and Dukascopy Online Reports and to inform Dukascopy of any discrepancy you may notice, as soon as reasonably practicable.

MT4 Balance vs End-of-Day Balance
Note that the balances in MetaTrader 4 and Online Reports may differ. The balance in MetaTrader 4 platform includes P/L from closed positions only and changes every time when an order is closed while the balance in Online Reports represents an end-of-day balance that consists of both closed and open P/L evaluated at the settlement time. Please also note that the two balances do not match unless all open positions are closed on the platform.

Rejection Messages
In case an order is rejected due to various reasons (no liquidity, off-market price, or max net exposure being reached), MT4 platform returns the same standard message — [Trading is disabled].

Partial Fills
Partial execution may occur on both opening and closing orders due to low liquidity or when the maximum net exposure on the instrument is reached. When an order is closed partially, a new order ticket is created automatically with the remaining amount of the order and the same levels of Stop Loss and Take Profit, if any. Please note that the comment field is overridden on both the original and child order.

No Close By
Note that Dukascopy is not supporting Close By functionality due to technical limitations.

No Equity Stop Loss
Note that MetaTrader 4 accounts do not have Equity Stop Loss functionality allowing you to automatically liquidate all positions if the account equity falls below a specified level.

No Over-the-weekend Leverage
There is no automatic over-the-weekend leverage reduction applied before the weekend like on standard FX accounts. Clients willing to reduce the exposure before the weekend, should close and adjust trades manually.

Password Reset
Password reset feature for both master and investor (read-only) passwords is disabled in MetaTrader 4 platform. To reset the master password, you should use Online Reports. To reset the investor (read-only) password, please contact Support Team.

MT4 Server Time
MT4 server time is set to GMT+3/GMT+2 (summer/winter time) to match with the end of trading day in the US (New York 5 p.m. EST). As a result, when trading ends in New York at 5 p.m., the daily candle closes in Metatrader 4. This time also corresponds to the time when swaps are applied to open positions.