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What are Lots in Forex

What are lots in forex

A lot in forex defines the position size, or, the trade size. It is the number of currency units to be sold or bought in a trade. In forex trading 1 standard lot equals to 100,000 units of the base currency. For example, when an investor enters a long 1 lot EUR/USD trade, he/she is buying 100,000 units of the Euro (base currency) versus the USD (counter currency).

Several retail forex brokers also offer FX trading with fractional lot sizes; from 0.99 down to 0.10 (mini lots). In an attempt to popularize currencies trading, and attract new business, other retail brokers also offer smaller trade sizes, 0.01 (mini lots) and even 0.001 (nano lots).

Check out the image above to compare the common trade sizes and respective currency units.

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