Thursday, 17 September 2009

How to know how much a “pip” is worth for any pair!

Many times, newer traders ask me how they can find out how much a “pip” is worth for any pair. Some will refer to these as pip “costs”, others will say pip “values”, etc. but it’s all the same thing.

They all want to know, if my pair moves up one increment or down one increment…how many dollars does that equate to?

Here’s the simple answer. It’s automatically calculated for you on your trading station. You can view this on the “Advanced rates” which is the default setting..OR…you can view it on the Simple rates” tab.

See both of them below.

I’ve circled (in each format) where to find the pip cost/value for a pair. Notice that any pair that ends in USD (ex. EUR/USD, GBP/USD, NZD/USD, etc.) all have pip values of $1.00 per standard mini lot. Had this been a micro account, then the pip value would be 10 times less or .10 (10 cents) per pip of movement (since a micro lot is ten times smaller than a standard mini lot).

Remember, that a standard mini lot = 10,000 units of currency and a micro lot = 1,000 units of currency.

So the pairs that end in something other than USD (ex. EUR/CHF, USD/JPY, EUR/AUD, etc.) will have pip values that change slightly over long periods of time.

However, you can easily see what a “pip” is worth in that pair BEFORE you place your trade since it’s conveniently located on your quote screen.

This is important to note because there’s a big difference in EUR/GBP’s pip value of $1.66 and EUR/AUD’s pip value of .84 (84 cents).

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