Trading & Investing

Why do I need to add funds to open my position?

In order to open a new Buy or Sell position, it is necessary to have funds in your available balance. CFD trading is based on strategy and sentiment: An

Stop Loss Limitations and Maintenance Margin

The maximum Stop Loss is 50% for all trades in accordance with the new European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) regulations which came into effect

Does eToro pay dividends?

YES WE DO.   There are 2 cases for which accounts are either credited or debited for dividends:   Stocks and ETFs When a stock pays a dividend,

Trailing Stop Loss

Trailing Stop Loss (TSL) is an exciting feature we have added in response to feedback from our valued trading community.   A trailing stop loss sets

What is an ETF?

Exchange-traded fund (ETF) is an investment fund that tracks an index, a commodity or bonds and is traded on stock exchanges. When you buy shares of

How can I close my stock position(s)?

To sell your positions, simply: Log into your account and click on "Portfolio". Click on the instrument line you wish to close. In the next

Are there any benefits in buying stocks at eToro?

Invest as little as $50 in fraction shares and your favorite brands to your portfolio . We are giving you the opportunity to inject that same “

What is leverage?

Leverage, otherwise known as risk level, is a temporary loan given to the trader by the broker. It enables you, as the trader, to open a

What is a CFD?

CFD stands for Contract for Difference. CFDs are specialised and popular Over The Counter (OTC) financial products that allow traders to easily take broad

What is the minimum trade size?

The minimum trade size for customers who registered their accounts on or after 2 April 2017 (excluding residents of Russia, China, India and South East

What do I purchase when I buy stocks on eToro?

Buying a stock on eToro by opening a “buy” (long), non-leveraged position means you are investing in the underlying asset*, and the stock is

What are the market hours?

Different assets have different market hours on eToro. To see the full Trading Market Hours list, please click here.

What is ESMA and how does it affect my trading experience?

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) recently announced new measures for trading CFD products for retail customers. These measures include

What is Stop Loss?

A Stop Loss is a risk management tool which aims to add protection to your investment. It is mandatory on every position with the exception of

Does eToro offer MT4?

Sadly, we do not support the MT4 platform, as this platform is not compatible with our award winning products and therefore our community of Social

What is Take Profit?

A Take Profit order is an order to close a trade when the market moves a specified amount in favor of the position. It is mandatory on every position with

Is eToro blocked in my country?

Thank you for selecting eToro as your preferred trading platform. Kindly note that due to changes in regulations conflicting with trading laws, we can no

What are Orders?

The eToro platform allows you to set two types of orders: market orders and pending orders. You can open a market order whenever the market you wish to

Can I trade options at eToro?

eToro does not currently offer Option trading. We do offer Currencies, Commodities, Stocks, ETFs, Cryptocurrencies and Indices. To see the full selection

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Crypto asset owning and trading

Which cryptocurrencies are available? Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Binance Coin, Cardano, Dash, EOS, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, IOTA, Litecoin, Neo, Stellar,

What is Copy Stop Loss?

Copy Stop Loss (CSL) is a feature that gives you the ability to manage your trades effectively by providing risk management in each “copy

What is a dividend?

A dividend is a sum of money paid regularly (typically quarterly) by a company to its shareholders out of its profits (or reserves).   Companies

What does the Equity represent?

The Equity represents the state of your account if you were to close all of your open positions and thereby realize your current gains or losses.

How to find stocks in the platform

Not sure which stocks do we offer?  Perhaps you would like to diversify your portfolio and discover new markets to invest in. This article will

Does eToro allow Scalping?

Under eToro's Terms and Conditions (section 7.3 to be exact), scalping is a trading technique that is not allowed. In order to learn more about this

Does eToro charge overnight or rollover fees?

Overnight Rollover fees are the industry standard, and better reflect the supply and demand forces driving the market. With Overnight Rollover fees, the

What is ‘Pending Close’?

A position can be closed only when the market you are trading is open. If you click the ‘Close’ button when the market is closed (for example,

Why don’t you have all stocks like other brokers?

We have an amazing selection of stocks right now. Didn't find a stock you were looking for? Let us know, and we will look into adding it in the next

What spreads does eToro offer?

Please refer to the link below in order to see eToro's typical spreads: https://www.etoro.com/en/customer-service/fees/  

Why is there no volume indicator?

We do not have volume indicators since there is no central exchange for the foreign exchange or CFD (contract for difference) markets and therefore no

How do I configure my trading alerts?

The first screen you’ll see after a successful authentication is the notification rules screen which allows you to configure the number of trade

What do I purchase when I open a position on eToro?

Please note that some of the instruments on the eToro platform are traded as real assets, while others use CFDs. CFD stands for Contract for

What is a reverse stock split?

We're glad you asked! A reverse split is a market event whereby a company decides to reduce the number of existing shares and in so doing, increase

What is a spread?

The spread is the difference between the Bid (Sell) price, and the Ask (Buy) price (it is the commission the broker charges on every position). For

What is Forex?

Forex is a common abbreviation of Foreign Exchange (also referred to as FX) and is the largest financial market in the world with a turnover of more than $

How are the overnight fees on stocks calculated?

For non-leveraged BUY stock positions, there are no rollover fees. For leveraged BUY stock positions and SELL stock positions, the daily fee is 

Unit Calculation

In order to calculate the amount of units for a trade, we may use one of the formulas below, according to the instrument being traded. Please note that,

What type of Oil does eToro offer?

eToro offers the Spot CFD contract, which is based on the Futures contracts of the underlying commodity, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) Light

Can I buy a stock when the market is closed?

When markets are closed, you can place a market order, which is an order that allows you to open a position at the moment the market opens at the first

Can I buy fractional stocks?

Yes. Unlike the traditional exchange markets, eToro allows you to invest as much or as little as you like in your favorite stocks, even if the amount is

How can I switch between Real and Virtual accounts?

Here is how to switch between your real and virtual accounts: 1. Log into your account. 2. Click on the drop-down menu below your profile picture. 3.

Negative Investment

Negative investment is when your trading account balance becomes negative (-$0.01). This occurs when all available balance is invested in open positions

Can I close part of my trade?

Starting in November 2018, it is now possible to manually close only part of a trade.  To partially close a trade, simply:  Log into your

What is a Lot?

 Forex is traded in specific amounts called lots. The standard size for a lot is 100,000 units. There are also a mini, micro, and nano lot sizes that

Where can I find my Position ID?

What is a position ID?   The position ID is a unique 8 or 9 digit number assigned to each trade for identification purposes.   Where can I find

Is it possible to “short sell” stocks?

Yes, you can open both Long (BUY) and Short (SELL) positions for all stocks.

Why did my trade close automatically?

Kindly note that trades will close automatically when the Stop Loss or Take Profit order is triggered. Stop Loss and Take Profit are risk management tools

Which fees and commissions does eToro have?

For a full overview of all eToro's fees and commissions, please refer to our fees page.

Is there a maximum trade size?

As part of our efforts to promote responsible trading, there are certain restrictions on the size of each trade:   1) Each instrument has a maximum

Stocks

Are the buy and sell orders executed in real time?What do I purchase when I buy stocks on eToro?How do I buy stocks?What are the benefits? How can I

What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is a highly volatile digital currency that can be prone to large price fluctuations throughout the day.   You are now able to trade Bitcoin

Are the buy and sell orders executed in real time?

Buy and Sell orders are executed in real time. Select any one of the many stocks currently offered in real-time, using our trading platforms. Click here

What is eToro?

We are a social trading and multi-asset brokerage company that has registered offices in Cyprus, Israel, China and the United Kingdom. The eToro online

How are the rollover fees on Oil and Natural Gas calculated?

As of 22 February 2019, the rollover (overnight) fees on new and open spot energy (Oil and Natural Gas) positions are as follows*: For BUY (long)

What is a Pending Order?

A pending order (or limit order) is an order placed in the system aimed to execute a position once your selected target rate is reached. An order

What is the market range for a pending order?

When setting a pending order, it is important to bear in mind that your requested order rate may not be traded during volatile periods in the market. In

How do I calculate the Pip value?

You can calculate the pip value for a trade by using the Pip Calculator and entering the number of units in the ‘Trade size’ box. Knowing the

What time zone does eToro uses on the charts?

The time used in the charts is your local time. If you want to change the time zone, please open a chart, click on View --> Settings --> Time, and

What is a Market Order?

A market order means that the trade will be executed at the first available rate when the market opens. You will be able to open a market order whenever

What is a Pip?

Pip is an acronym for ‘percentage in point’. A pip is a unit of measurement for price movement. We use pips to measure the change in the price

Is it possible to leverage my stocks?

Yes, you can! Retail clients of eToro (Europe) Ltd (CySEC regulated) and eToro (UK) Ltd (FCA regulated) can leverage stock trades by up to x5.

Does eToro trade with Indian Rupee?

Sadly, eToro does not offer trading in Indian Rupee.

What is a stock split?

Excellent question!    A Split is a market event whereby a company decides to divide its existing shares into multiple shares according to a

What is the minimum Stop Loss on cryptocurrencies?

Since 28 March 2018, cryptocurrency trades are opened with no Stop Loss by default. You may apply a Stop Loss order after the position is opened,

How do I calculate the commission per trade?

The formula for calculating the commission we charge per trade is as follows:  Pip value X Spread on position closure = Commission The spread on

How do I calculate the P/L (profit or loss) per trade?

To calculate the profit or loss for a given trade, please use the formula below:  Buy Trade: (Close rate - Open rate) X Units X USD exchange rate = P/

Why does the spread vary?

On eToro, spreads are variable.  Spreads may vary per instrument according to market conditions. Instruments which are typically more volatile are

Real Time Stocks

Stock trading on eToro is done in real time, similar to the way it is done on actual stock markets. You can open a position on any of the 800 stocks

Can daily rollover fees change?

Rollover fees/refunds change from time to time based on global market conditions. When this happens, we will implement the changes. Please be aware

Pending stocks

When opening a stock order while the market is closed, it will show as "pending" until the market opens. For markets opening times, please click

What is the Portfolio?

Your portfolio shows you all your trading activity.   The default view shows you information about all the markets, traders and CopyPortfolios you

How can I sell something I never bought?

When you are investing in a CFD, you are investing in the possibility of a price of an asset moving up or down. 'Buy' and 'Sell' are

What is margin?

Margin is the amount of funds you allocate from your account equity to open a position. On leveraged positions, margin is often expressed as a percentage

Can I trade Real Time stocks in Demo?

Yes you can.

Why should I trade with eToro?

Today, we empower millions of users in more than 150 countries worldwide to leverage the wisdom of the crowds through our fully intuitive and easy-to-use

What is LIBOR?

The LIBOR is the most commonly-used benchmark rate that is given by banks when charging each other for short-term loans. LIBOR stand for London Interbank

Why are some instruments like the USD/RUB and/or USD/CNH disabled on occasion?

Both of these stated markets are considered exotic. Because of this, at times, there is very low liquidity in the market. During those times, the spread

How do I know how much I’m going to pay per stock?

Invest as little as $50 in any stock – we offer fraction share investment, which means that you can invest as much as you want, no matter what the

What is One Click Trading?

'One Click Trading' mode is a very useful tool for experienced traders, allowing them to open trades immediately, without confirmation, using

Why did my position close due to Contract Rollover (CR)?

It is important to note that China A50 and Copper trades are subject to a contract which closes on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. Any open China A50 and

Why is the risk in real time stock higher than in the FX market?

This is due to the large price movements on a daily basis. Price gaps are an additional behavior which can be seen more on stocks trading. These price

Does eToro support hard forks?

Here at eToro, we understand the importance of forks as a means of maintaining and improving cryptoasset blockchain networks. We continuously monitor

What is the risk in real time stocks?

Stocks can display significant movements over the course of a single day. Normally, movements are not too great, but on certain days, such as when

Are variable spreads unique to eToro or available across the industry?

Variable spreads are not unique to eToro; they are an industry-wide practice. Some brokers and banks use averages or typical spreads, but generally