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Dynamic Leverage Explained

Leveraged Bitcoin and Crypto Trading


Trading Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies with leverage allows you to trade a much larger position size than your deposit amount would allow. And of course, trading larger position sizes returns a higher end profit (or loss!).


For example, if you want to trade 1 lot Bitcoin with no leverage, you will need 1 Bitcoin as margin, which is currently around 60,000 USD. Considering the average retail trader will want to deposit between $500 and $10,000 initially, a 60k margin requirement is simply too high.


This is where leverage comes into play. If you trade with 1:20 leverage, you will need 20 times less than this, so you would only require 3,000 USD. Suddenly the margin requirement becomes much more manageable.


CryptoAltum offers the market’s highest leverage for cryptocurrency trading, which is 1:500. However, this doesn’t mean you can trade 10 Bitcoins with only $1,200, wishful thinking, right?


Trading Cryptos With High Leverage


Trading such volumes with high leverage on volatile markets like cryptocurrencies would likely spell disaster for traders and wipe out accounts almost instantly (see our article on stop out). This is why CryptoAltum uses a dynamic leverage model.


A dynamic leverage model means that there are restrictions on the volumes that can be traded with the maximum leverage.


The dynamic leverage model used by CryptoAltum allows traders to trade a maximum of 10,000 USD value with 1:500 leverage.


Where the trade volume higher than this, the leverage will be restricted, as per the below table:


Maximum Leverage Per Volume Traded

TiersVolume USDMax LeverageMargin Requirement %
Tier 10 - 10,0001:5000.2
Tier 210,000 – 50,0001:2000.5
Tier 350,000 – 100,0001:1001
Tier 4100,000 – 200,0001:502
Tier 5200,000 – 1,000,0001:205

Margin Requirements Using Dynamic Leverage


Here’s an example of the total margin requirement for 1 lot Bitcoin:

Current BTC price = 60,000 USD.

You can trade 10,000 USD out of the 60,000 with 1:500 leverage (20 USD Margin Requirement)

The next 10,000 USD you can trade with 1:200 leverage. (50 USD Margin Requirement)

The remaining 40,000 USD you can trade with 1:100 leverage. (400 USD Margin Requirement).

This brings the total margin requirement for 1 lot BTC to 470 USD.

This 470 USD would automatically be converted into the base currency of your MT5 trading account as follows:


Margin Requirements for 1 Lot Bitcoin

MT5 Account Base CurrencyTrading Price (USD)Margin Requirement for 1 lot Bitcoin
Bitcoin (BTC)60,000 USD0.00783 BTC
Ethereum (ETH)4,300 USD0.109 ETH
Tether (USDT)470 USD470 USDT
Litecoin (LTC)213 USD2.21 LTC
Cardano (ADA)1.70 USD276.5 ADA
BitcoinCash (BCH)578 USD0.81 BCH
Ripple (XRP)1.04 USD451.92 XRP

The above example is to illustrate how the dynamic leverage works only; the actual margin requirements will depend on the market price at the moment you open the trade.  At the time of writing (November 2021), they are correct.  


The dynamic leverage model is applied to the account as a whole, and not per trade. This means that the accounts total exposed volume is considered when calculating the leverage and margin requirements.


For example, if you have 5 trades open of 1 Bitcoin each, this is considered a total volume of 5 Bitcoin (300,000 USD) and the total requirement margin would be:


10,000 USD @ 1:500 = 20 USD

10,000 USD @ 1: 200 = 50 USD

50,000 USD @ 1:100 = 500 USD

100,000 USD @ 1:50 = 2,000 USD

The remaining 130,000 USD @ 1:20 USD = 6,500 USD

Total Margin Requirement = 9,070 USD


Since only 9,070 USD is required out of the total 300,000, this would give an overall account leverage of 1:33.


Our Leverage Margin Calculator can easily calculate for you your overall account leverage depending on the volumes you have open.

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Risk Disclosure: Trading cryptocurrencies or any other financial instrument involves a significant level of risk and may result in a total loss of your investment. You should consider carefully whether investing in Bitcoin or any other instrument offered by CryptoAltum is appropriate to your financial situation. CryptoAltum only accepts deposits in Cryptocurrencies. By trading with CryptoAltum you acknowledge your understanding of this risk disclosure and your agreement with the Terms and Conditions.
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