Trading foreign exchange on margin carries a high level of risk, and may not be suitable for all investors. Before deciding to trade foreign exchange you should carefully consider your investment objectives, level of experience, and risk appetite. You could sustain a loss of some or all of your initial investment and should not invest money that you cannot afford to lose. CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage.

Long definition

When used in trading, long refers to a position that makes profit if an asset’s market price increases. Usually used in context as ‘taking a long position’, or ‘going long’.

Going long is the opposite of going short or shorting, which means taking a position that makes a profit if an asset’s market price falls.

Taking a long position doesn’t necessarily mean buying an asset. Derivatives all provide the facility for traders to take a long position on a market without actually buying the underlying asset.

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