How to Register and Trade Forex at XM
How to Register XM Account
How to Register
1. Go to the registration page
You must first access the XM broker portal, where you can find the button to create a account.
As you can see in the central part of the page there is the green button to create a account.
The account opening is totally free.
It may take only 2 minutes to complete the online registration with XM.
2. Fill in the required fields
There you will have to complete the form with the required information as below.
First Name and Last Name
- They are displayed in your identity document.
Country of Residence
- The country you reside in may affect the account types, promotions and other service details available for you. In here, you may select the country you currently reside in.
- The language preference can be changed later too. By selecting your native language, you will be contact by support staffs who speak your language.
- You may not need to make a phone call to XM, but they may call in some cases.
- Make sure you type in the correct email address. After the completion of the registration, all communications and logins will require your email address.
Please Note: Only one email address per client is allowed.
At XM you can open multiple accounts using the same email address. Multiple email addresses per client are not allowed.
If you are an existing XM Real account holder and you wish to open an additional account you must use the same email address already registered with your other XM Real Account(s).
If you are a new XM client please ensure that you register with one email address as we do not allow different email address for every account you open.
3. Choose your account type
Before proceeding to the next step, you must choose Trading Platform Type. You can also choose MT4 (MetaTrader4) or MT5 (MetaTrader5) platforms.
And the account type you like to use with XM. XM mainly offers Standard, Micro, XM Ultra Low Account and Shares Account.
After the registration, you can also open multiple trading accounts of different account types.
4. Agree to the Terms and Conditions
After filling in all the blanks, lastly you need to click in the boxes and press "PROCEED TO STEP 2" as below
In the next page, you will need to fill in some more details about yourself and investment knowledge.
The Account password field should consist of three character types: lowercase letters, uppercase letters, and numbers.
After filling in all the blanks, lastly you need to agree to the terms and conditions, click in the boxes and press "OPEN A REAL ACCOUNT" as above
After this, you will receive an email from XM for email confirmation
In your mailbox, you will receive an email like the one you can see in the following image. Here, you will have to activate the account by pressing where it says “Confirm email address“. With this, the demo account is finally activated.
Upon confirmation of the email and account, a new browser tab will open with welcome information. The identification or user number that you can use on the MT4 or Webtrader platform is also provided.
Go back to your Mailbox, you will receive a login details for your account.
It should be remembered that for the version of Metatrader MT5 or Webtrader MT5 the account opening and verification process is exactly the same.
How to Deposit Money
What is a Multi-Asset Trading Account?A multi-asset trading account at XM is an account that works similarly to your bank account, but with the difference that it is issued with the purpose of trading currencies, stock indices CFDs, stock CFDs, as well as CFDs on metals and energies.
Multi-asset trading accounts at XM can be opened in Micro, Standard or XM Ultra Low formats as you can view in the table above.
Please note that multi-asset trading is available only on MT5 accounts, which also allows you access to the XM WebTrader.
In summary, your multi-asset trading account includes
1. Access to the XM Members Area
2. Access to the corresponding platform(s)
3. Access to the XM WebTrader
Similarly to your bank, once you register a multi-asset trading account with XM for the first time, you will be requested to go through a straightforward KYC (Know your Customer) process, which will allow XM to make sure that the personal details you have submitted are correct and ensure the safety of your funds and your account details. Please note that if you already maintain a different XM Account, you will not have to go through the KYC validation process as our system will automatically identify your details.
By opening a trading account, you will be automatically emailed your login details that will give you access to the XM Members Area.
The XM Members area is where you will manage the functions of your account, including the depositing or withdrawing funds, viewing and claiming unique promotions, checking your loyalty status, checking your open positions, changing the leverage, accessing support and accessing the trading tools offered by XM.
Our offerings within the clients Members Area are provided and constantly enriched with more and more functionalities, allowing our clients more and more flexibility to perform changes or additions to their accounts at any given time, without needing assistance from their personal account managers.
Your multi-asset trading account login details will correspond to a login on the trading platform which matches your type of account, and it is ultimately where you will be performing your trades. Any deposits and/or withdrawals or other setting changes you make from the XM Members Area will reflect on your corresponding trading platform.
Frequently Asked Questions
MT4 is the predecessor of the MT5 trading platform. At XM, the MT4 platform enables trading on currencies, CFDs on stock indices, as well as CFDs on gold and oil, but it does not offer trading on stock CFDs. Our clients who do not wish to open an MT5 trading account can continue using their MT4 accounts and open an additional MT5 account at any time.
Who Should Choose MT4?
Access to the MT4 platform is available for Micro, Standard or XM Ultra Low as per the table above.
Clients who choose the MT5 platform have access to a wide range of instruments ranging from currencies, stock indices CFDs, gold and oil CFDs, as well as stock CFDs.
Who Should Choose MT5?
Your login details to the MT5 will also give you access to the XM WebTrader in addition to the desktop (downloadable) MT5 and the accompanying apps.
Access to the MT5 platform is available for Micro, Standard or XM Ultra Low as shown in the table above.
What trading account types do you offer?
- MICRO: 1 micro lot is 1,000 units of the base currency
- STANDARD: 1 standard lot is 100,000 units of the base currency
- Ultra Low Micro: 1 micro lot is 1,000 units of the base currency
- Ultra Low Standard: 1 standard lot is 100,000 units of the base currency
- Swap Free Micro: 1 micro lot is 1,000 units of the base currency
- Swap Free Standard: 1 standard lot is 100,000 units of the base currency
With the XM Swap Free accounts clients can trade without swaps or rollover charges for holding positions open overnight. XM Swap Free Micro and XM Swap Free Standard accounts provide swap-free trading, with spreads as low as 1 pip, in forex, gold, silver, as well as in future CFDs on commodities, precious metals, energies and indices.
What are the XM Swap Free trading accounts?
How long can I use a demo account?At XM demo accounts do not have an expiry date, and so you can use them as long as you want. Demo accounts that have been inactive for longer than 90 days from the last login will be closed. However, you can open a new demo account at any time. Please note that maximum 5 active demo accounts are allowed.
How to Trade Forex at XM
Right click the chart , Then click “Trading" → select “New Order".
How to place a New Order in XM MT4
Double click on the currency you want to place an order on MT4. The Order window will appear
Symbol: check the Currency symbol you wish to trade is displayed in the symbol box
Volume: you must decide the size of your contract, you can click on the arrow and choose the volume from the listed oprions of the drop-down box or left click in the volume box and type in the required value
- Micro Account : 1 Lot = 1,000 units
- Standard Account : 1 Lot = 100,000 units
- XM Ultra Account :
- Standard Ultra: 1 Lot = 100,000 units
- Micro Ultra: 1 Lot = 1,000 units
- Shares Account :1 share
- Micro Account : 0.1 Lots (MT4), 0.1 Lots (MT5)
- Standard Account : 0.01 Lots
- XM Ultra Account :
- Standard Ultra: 0.01 Lots
- Micro Ultra: 0.1 Lots
- Shares Account :1 Lot
Comment: this section is not obligatory but you can use it to identify your trades by adding comments
Type: which is set to market execution by default,
- Market Execution is the model of executing orders at the current markets price
- Pending Order is used to setup a future price that you intend to open your trade with.
Finally you need to decide what order type to open, you can choose between a sell and a buy order
Sell by Market are opened at bid price and closed at ask price, in this order type your trade may bring profit if the price goes down
Buy by Market are opened at ask price and closed at bid price, in this order type your trade may bring profir It the price goes up
Once you click on either Buy or Sell, your order will be instantly processed, you can check your order in the Trade Terminal
How to place a Pending Orders
Unlike instant execution orders, where a trade is placed at the current market price, pending orders allow you to set orders that are opened once the price reaches a relevant level, chosen by you. There are four types of pending orders available , but we can group them to just two main types:
How Many Pending Orders in XM MT4
- Orders expecting to break a certain market level
- Orders expecting to bounce back from a certain market level
Buy StopThe Buy Stop order allows you to set a buy order above the current market price. This means that if the current market price is $20 and your Buy Stop is $22, a buy or long position will be opened once the market reaches that price.
Sell StopThe Sell Stop order allows you to set a sell order below the current market price. So if the current market price is $20 and your Sell Stop price is $18, a sell or ‘short’ position will be opened once the market reaches that price.
Buy LimitThe opposite of a buy stop, the Buy Limit order allows you to set a buy order below the current market price. This means that if the current market price is $20 and your Buy Limit price is $18, then once the market reaches the price level of $18, a buy position will be opened.
Sell LimitFinally, the Sell Limit order allows you to set a sell order above the current market price. So if the current market price is $20 and the set Sell Limit price is $22, then once the market reaches the price level of $22, a sell position will be opened on this market.
Opening Pending OrdersYou can open a new pending order simply by double-clicking on the name of the market on the Market Watch module. Once you do so, the new order window will open and you will be able to change the order type to Pending order.
Next, select the market level at which the pending order will be activated. You should also choose the size of the position based on the volume.
If necessary, you can set an expiration date (‘Expiry’). Once all these parameters are set, select a desirable order type depending on whether you would like to go long or short and stop or limit and select the ‘Place’ button.
As you can see, pending orders are very powerful features of MT4. They are most useful when youre not able to constantly watch the market for your entry point, or if the price of an instrument changes quickly, and you don’t want to miss the opportunity.
How to close Orders in XM MT4To close an open position, click the ‘x’ in the Trade tab in the Terminal window.
Or right-click the line order on the chart and select ‘close’.
If you’d like to close only a part of position, click the right-click on the open order and select ‘Modify’. Then, in the Type field, select instant execution and choose what part of the position you want to close.
As you can see, opening and closing your trades on MT4 is very intuitive, and it literally takes just one click.
One of the keys to achieving success in financial markets over the long term is prudent risk management. That’s why stop losses and take profits should be an integral part of your trading.
Using Stop Loss, Take Profit and Trailing Stop in XM MT4
So let’s have a look how to use them on our MT4 platform to ensure you know how to limit your risk and maximise your trading potential.
The first and the easiest way to add Stop Loss or Take Profit to your trade is by doing it right away, when placing new orders.
Setting Stop Loss and Take Profit
To do this, simply enter your particular price level in Stop Loss or Take Profit fields. Remember that Stop Loss will be executed automatically when the market moves against your position (hence the name: stop losses), and Take Profit levels will be executed automatically when the price reaches your specified profit target. This means that you’re able to set your Stop Loss level below the current market price and Take Profit level above current market price.
It’s important to remember that a Stop Loss (SL) or a Take Profit (TP) is always connected to an open position or a pending order. You can adjust both once your trade has been opened and you’re monitoring the market. It’s a protective order to your market position, but of course they are not necessary to open a new position. You always can add them later, but we highly recommend to always protect your positions*.
The easiest way to add SL/TP levels to your already opened position is by a using trade line on the chart. To do so, simply drag and drop the trade line up or down to specific level.
Adding Stop Loss and Take Profit Levels
Once you’ve entered SL/TP levels, the SL/TP lines will appear on the chart. This way you can also modify SL/TP levels simply and quickly.
You can also do this from the bottom ‘Terminal’ module as well. To add or modify SL/TP levels, simply right-click on your open position or pending order, and choose ‘Modify or delete order’.
The order modification window will appear and now you’re able to enter/modify SL/TP by the exact market level, or by defining the points range from the current market price.
Stop Losses are intended for reducing losses when the market moves against your position, but they can help you lock in your profits as well.
While that may sound a bit counterintuitive at first, its actually very easy to understand and master.
Let’s say you’ve opened a long position and the market moves in the right direction, making your trade a profitable one at present. Your original Stop Loss, which was placed at a level below your open price, can now be moved to your open price (so you can break even) or above the open price (so you are guaranteed a profit).
To make this process automatic, you can use a Trailing Stop. This can be a really useful tool for your risk management, particularly when price changes are rapid or when you’re unable to constantly monitor the market.
As soon as the position turns profitable, your Trailing Stop will follow the price automatically, maintaining the previously established distance.
Following the example above, please bear in mind, however, that your trade needs to be running a profit large enough for the Trailing Stop to move above your open price, before your profit can be guaranteed.
Trailing Stops (TS) are attached to your opened positions, but it’s important to remember that if you have a trailing stop on MT4, you need to have the platform open for it to be successfully executed.
To set a Trailing Stop, right-click the open position in the ‘Terminal’ window and specify your desired pip value of distance between the TP level and the current price in the Trailing Stop menu.
Your Trailing Stop is now active. This means that if prices change to the profitable market side, TS will ensure the stop loss level follows the price automatically.
Your Trailing Stop can easily be disabled by setting ‘None’ in the Trailing Stop menu. If you want to quickly deactivate it in all opened positions, just select ‘Delete All’.
As you can see, MT4 provides you with plenty of ways to protect your positions in just a few moments.
*Whilst Stop Loss orders are one of the best ways to ensure your risk is managed and potential losses are kept to acceptable levels, they don’t provide 100% security.
Stop losses are free to use and they protect your account against adverse market moves, but please be aware that they cannot guarantee your position every time. If the market becomes suddenly volatile and gaps beyond your stop level (jumps from one price to the next without trading at the levels in between), it’s possible your position could be closed at a worse level than requested. This is known as price slippage.
Guaranteed stop losses, which have no risk of slippage and ensure the position is closed out at the Stop Loss level you requested even if a market moves against you, are available for free with a basic account.