How to work out exposure/margin


Hey all,

I've just completed a trading course, and I'm looking for some help.
The way I was taught, was that when first trading, you should limit your exposure/leverage rates..

so on Forex, 6 - 8x exposed, or stocks 4/5 x

eg. if my account size is £10,000 - then my max position on a buy should be £80k.

with CFDs or Spreadbet account, I'm unsure how to put the trade on, as it talks about about lot sizes 10-100+
and its all based on pips/ticks..

I want to be able to limit my exposure to maybe 4/5 times initially - any idea how I would place this trade?

I've noticed that most forex brokers will offer 5% margin - meaning that I'd be 20 times exposed - this is far too much, and if I move 5% then I'm out of funds!....

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