Leverage

Leverage is the amount the you need to put in as 'required margin' to open the position. if the leverage is 1:100 then you only need to put 100th of the total amount of the order. For example, if you are required to deposit 1% of the total transaction value as margin and you intend to trade one standard lot of USD/CHF, which is equivalent to US$100,000, the margin required would be US$1,000. Thus, your margin-based leverage will be 100:1 (100,000/1,000).