Professional Account

Professional Account Features

As an Elective Professional Client, you will no longer be subject to ESMA’s product intervention measures in relation to CFDs which came into force on 01 August 2018 to protect retail investors.

Protections you'll keep

Best Execution

We’ll maintain our commitment to act honestly, fairly and in the best interests of all our clients in order to offer the best possible execution.

Segregated Account

Your funds will continue to be kept in a segregated account at all times.

Balance Protection

We will continue to protect your account from a negative account balance.

FSCS Protection* and Enhanced Insurance

Our additional insurance protects all clients’ capital up to £1,000,000.

Protections you'll waive

Leverage Restriction

You will not be protected by ESMA’s leverage caps for CFDs and Spread Betting.

Prescribed Risk Warning

We will not be required to provide you with a standardised risk warning, as prescribed by ESMA, including the percentage of clients that lose money trading with ActivTrades PLC.

Restriction on Incentives

You will not be protected by ESMA’s restrictions on offering monetary and non-monetary benefits to retail investors and we may offer you incentives to trade CFDs with us.

*As a professional client you will normally be eligible to make a claim against the FSCS and our insurance policy, and take any complaint you might have to the Financial Ombudsman Service, as long as your account with ActivTrades is not your main trade or business. If you need further information on this please contact us. Our professional accounts are only available for ActivTrades PLC (London) clients.

Are you eligible for our Professional Account?

To apply for a professional trading account, you must meet at least two of the following three criteria:

  • You must have carried out significantly large transactions, in the relevant market, on average 10 per quarter over the previous four quarters.
  • The size of your financial instrument portfolio, including cash deposits and financial assets, must exceed 500,000 EUR. This might include, but is not limited to, saving accounts, options, shares portfolios, equities and investment in funds.
  • You currently work or have worked in the financial sector for at least one year in a professional position, which requires knowledge of the transactions or services envisaged.

Not ready for professional account? Open individual account

You will be asked to provide documentary evidence to ensure the above criteria is met as part of the account opening process. Please bear in mind that you will need to notify us if your circumstances change and you no longer meet the above criteria

*As a professional client you will normally be eligible to make a claim against the FSCS and our insurance policy, and take any complaint you might have to the Financial Ombudsman Service, as long as your account with ActivTrades is not your main trade or business.  If you need further information on this please contact us. Our professional accounts are only available for ActivTrades PLC (London) clients.

Visit the FCA website for a definition of Elective Professional Clients