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.

Scalp definition

A scalp in trading is the act of opening and then closing a position very quickly, in the hope of profiting from small price movements.

Traders who practice this tactic are referred to as scalpers, and will tend to make many scalps each day. The theory behind scalping is that small price movements are easier to predict than large ones.

Profits on scalps tend to be small, but losses can be kept to a minimum as strict rules are adhered to.

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