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

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

Stop Loss limitations & Maintenance margin

The maximum Stop Loss is 100%, with the exception of the following instruments: 75% max Stop Loss for Stock trades, and ETFs80% max Stop Loss for USD/

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 window,

Which fees and commissions does eToro have?

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

How can I sell something I never bought?

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

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.

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

Minimum Trade Size

eToro is a proud winner of the Finovate Best of Show Award and our growing selection of investment opportunities gives traders the ultimate financial

What is leverage?

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

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

Risk Score explained

The risk score shows the risk the investor is taking, and is calculated using a special formula we have developed right here at eToro. The score is

Does eToro pay dividends?

Do we pay dividends? YES WE DO.   There are 2 cases for which accounts are either credited or debited for dividends:   Stocks - When a stock

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

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/  

How can I switch between Real and Demo 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.

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Crypto asset owning and trading

Which cryptocurrencies are available? Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Dash, Ethereum, Litecoin, XRP and Ethereum Classic are available to own and short on the

Pending Orders in the new eToro

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

Why did my trade close automatically?

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

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 or better is reached. An

Blocked countries

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

Is it possible to “short sell” stocks?

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

What do I purchase when I buy stocks on eToro?

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

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

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

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 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

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

Maximum exposure

Each account is subject to exposure limitations as part of our efforts to promote responsible trading and mitigate the risks of trading with high leverage.

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

What is a Pip?

A ‘pip,’ or a ‘Percentage in Point,’ is a single unit of the measurement of the movement of one currency in relation to another.

What does the equity represent?

The Equity represents the state of your account if you were to close all of your open positions. It includes the account balance + used margin +

Understanding the new Portfolio

Customers can now see when have they started copying the trader, opened positions, and additional information about their trades. This is a small scale

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

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

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

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 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

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 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

Weekend rollover fees

Beginning June 15th 2014 we have implemented a new Fees structure, switching from Over the Weekend Fees to the industry standard of Daily Rollover

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 are the market hours?

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

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

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

What is eToro?

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

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

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

Is it possible to leverage my stocks?

Yes, you can! It is possible to leverage your stock trades by up to x10. *Restrictions may apply at eToro's discretion.

Does variable spread mean you are making more money?

eToro uses variable spreads because that is the way we are charged by the intermediary bank.   With that in mind, the shift to variable spreads has

Can I trade Real Time stocks in Demo?

Yes you can.

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

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

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

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

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

With variable spread instruments, will the SL/TP be adjusted automatically as the spread moves?

No, unfortunately not. Since eToro does not make trading decisions on your behalf, we cannot provide such a service.

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 “

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

With variable spread instruments, how do I decide how to set by SL/TP when rates are variable?

We cannot advise you on how to trade and of course, cannot commit to a certain methodology that will promise the Stop Loss will never be hit.  

Variable spreads

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

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

So if the spread is variable, how will I know what spread I will get?

The idea behind a variable spread is that it cannot be fully predicted when you open a trade. For some instruments, the difference might be more

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 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 $

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.   We

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

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

Will variable spread instruments remove the daily rollover fees?

No. Variable spread are not related to Rollover Fees.   

What is margin?

Margin is leverage expressed in percentage terms; for example, if the leverage level is X100, then the margin will be 1/100= 1%. Margin amount is the used

Does variable spreads contract have an ending time?

No, variable spreads are not time limited. 

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

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

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 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

Does eToro trade with Indian Rupee?

Sadly, eToro does not offer trading in Indian Rupee.

What type of oil does eToro offer?

Answer: WTI Light Crude Oil (The price is in accordance to the CME Group). West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil is of very high quality and is best at