# What is The Difference Between Maximum Stock Trading Leverage and Used Stock Trading Leverage?

You should note that there is a difference between maximum stock trading leverage (stock trading leverage given by your broker which is the highest stock trading leverage you can trade with if you choose to) and used stock trading leverage (stock trading leverage depending on the lots you have opened/open positions). One is the broker's (Maximum) and the other is trader's (Used). To explain this concept we shall use the stock trading example above:

If your stock trading broker has given you 100:1 Maximum stock trading leverage, but you only open 1 lot of 100,000 dollars then Used stock trading leverage is:

100,000 dollars (1 lot ): 10,000 dollars (your money)

The example below, the set stock trading leverage is 100:1, the margin which is 1% is \$2683.07, therefore the total amount controlled by the stock trader is: \$268,307 - this is because with this stock trading leverage the stock trader has used little of his money and borrowed the rest, with this set at 100:1, the stock trader is using 1 % of their capital, this 1% is \$2683.07, if 1% is \$2683.07 then 100% is \$268,307

In the above image example, the stock trader is using \$2683.07, the total controlled amount is \$268,307, but account equity is 16,116.55, therefore used stock trading leverage is (\$268,307 divide by 16,116.55) = 16.64 : 1

16.64 : 1

In the Stock trading account above even though the maximum stock trading leverage set stock trading leverage is 100:1, Used stock trading leverage is 16.64 : 1

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