Managed Forex Accounts
What are Managed Forex Accounts?
Managed Forex accounts are an investment opportunity for those who want the potential of returns from leveraged forex trading, are willing to take serious risks, and want to have professionals do the work of trading and selection. It consists of putting money in a Forex account and having a professional trade that money in the Forex markets. Investors who choose this have the hope and expectations of unusually large gains with the understanding that they could experience severe losses.
A managed forex account is a trading account where a professional forex trader (money manager) manages the trading on the clients’ behalf and charge a performance fee for the service. Managed Forex Accounts are fully segregated accounts individually owned by each investor at a brokerage firm. These forex trading accounts are also called sub or slave accounts and the money manager trades from a master account at the same brokerage company.
- This investment is high-risk, high-reward.
- Forex brokers can offer managed account services with a deposit as low as $2,000.
- These accounts offer significant growth opportunity for those willing to lose portion of their money if the investment doesn’t work.
Understanding Managed Forex Accounts
Individual speculators typically open forex accounts and attempt to trade based on their own information and speculation. Many find this to be notoriously difficult, though the few that succeed at it are able to make extreme returns that are multiples of typical equities markets. Using the services of a professional manager is a way to attempt skipping the extra time and eventual loss that comes to inexperienced traders in this market, and hoping that a more seasoned professional can be trusted to deliver the hoped-for returns.
Managed forex accounts offer exposure to an asset class much different than stocks or bonds. Unlike these equities which deliver returns in the form of share growth, interest payments or dividends, forex trades gain in value as the value of one currency will rise or fall in relation to another. Those who invest in currencies as an asset class will either do so as a means of hedging risk in international markets, or as speculators who recognize the opportunity for large shifts in pricing and values between international markets.
Those who are not experts in foreign currencies but still want exposure to the market and another asset class, may consider a managed Forex account. Using a managed account, they can take advantage of the expertise of an experienced and proven Forex trader. The downside to this approach is that the best managers typically charge high-performance fees of between 20% and 30% of a trade’s earnings.
The money manager (professional forex trader) and client investor need to sign a contract provided by the brokerage company which is called Limited Power of Attorney agreement (LPOA). This document is an agreement between the professional trader (money manager) and the client (investor) which enables the trader to trade on investor’s account on their behalf. Investor and the manager can not transfer the funds to each other trading accounts. LPOA document provides a high level of security, control, and transparency that’s comfortable for the investor. When signing LPOA, the managed (sub account) account gets placed in MAM (Multi Account Management) system, and as stated above, investor has full control of their account. Investor can check the balance, deposit and withdraw funds, monitor trading activity, or cancel the LPOA agreement at any time if they are not satisfied with the management service. Money manager can trade for many investors all from a single master account using PAMM, LAMM, or MAM software. These technical procedures are integrated into most reputable brokerages, making it possible for professional forex traders to manage investor accounts.
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