Live Chat


The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) have now confirmed that leverage will be restricted on the opening of a position by a retail client. These changes will take effect imminently and will apply to all spread betting and CFD providers. The table below illustrates the impact on leverage and required margin for retail clients. These changes however will not affect Professional clients.

Instruments Leverage Margin
Major FX Pairs 30:1 3.33%
Minor FX Pairs 20:1 5%
Major Indices 20:1 5%
Gold 20:1 5%
Minor Indices 10:1 10%
Commodities 10:1 10%
Individual Equities 5:1 20%
Cryptocurrencies 2:1 50%


Other measures include:

a standardised 50% margin close out rule on a per account basis
negative balance protection on a per account basis

These changes WILL affect you as a retail client.

However, these restrictions do not apply to Professional Clients. If you have relevant experience, knowledge and expertise and meet the FCA’s criteria, we may be able to treat you as elective professional client.*


If you think you may be eligible for elective professional client status to continue trading on your current terms and margin rates, please click or tap on the link below, read the information carefully and then consider whether you would like to change your classification.


*Please note as an elective professional client as opposed to retail client, you may lose certain regulatory protections and investor compensation rights.

Risk Warning

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage.

70% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider.

You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Please click here to view our Risk Disclosure.

Hantec Markets use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. You can access our Cookie Policy here.