74.07% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs / Spread betting with this provider.
Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 74.07% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs / Spread betting with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs / Spread betting work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.
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Professional Trader

The Professional trading account has strict qualifying criteria. If you consider yourself a professional trader, our Professional Account could be the right choice for you.  


Professional Trader Criteria

ESMA (the European Securities and Marketing Authority) imposed a number of restrictions in 2018, designed to protect retail clients.

When classed as a professional you automatically forgo these safeguards afforded to retail clients.

Once you've opened a Professional account the leverage you can use increases and the margins to open and hold positions can reduce.

How do I Qualify as a Professional Trader?


To qualify as a professional trader, you will need to provide evidence that you meet two of the following three criteria: 

  • Do you currently work or have worked in the financial sector in a professional position for at least a year, requiring knowledge of derivatives trading?

  • Have you averaged ten significantly sized transactions per quarter, during the past year?

  • Do you have a financial instrument portfolio, including cash deposits, exceeding €500,000?


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Apply for a Professional Trader Account

Applying for our professional trader account is a straightforward process. You'll follow a similar path to opening any other account. Once we have your application, we'll turn it around as quickly as possible.

Professional Trader FAQs

Opening the Professional account requires careful consideration. In this FAQ section, we've answered a few of the most common questions our clients raise before they commit to opening their account.

How do I become a Professional Trader?

You need to satisfy the criteria laid out in the application process. It's strict, but this is in order to protect you and your funds, because there are more risks associated with the Professional account.

Make sure you understand both the risks and rewards of a Professional account. There are features which can potentially impact on your trading outcomes.

What if I'm not eligible for a Professional Trading Account?

If you're not eligible for a professional trading account, we'll let you know ASAP. But don't be concerned, our Edge and Premium accounts are retail alternatives. Both offer some of the same features and benefits the Professional account has.

If I already have a trading account with ATFX, can I apply for the Professional Account?

If you currently have an ATFX trading account we'll process your pro-account request ASAP. However, there are no exceptions to the conditions required to open the Professional account. You still have to satisfy the criteria laid out in the application process.

Who is ESMA?

ESMA, the European Securities and Marketing Authority, is an independent EU Authority that contributes to safeguarding the stability of the European Union's financial system. It does this by protecting investors and promoting stable and orderly financial markets.

In 2018, ESMA put in place a framework to protect and safeguard retail CFD traders. Their primary areas of focus were leverage, margin and negative balances. These three concepts form the bedrock of the protection ESMA has put in place.