What is Forex Mini, Micro and Standard Lot?

Forex Lots

A Forex Lot is the amount of currency you buy or sell. Say for example you wish to buy 100,000 USD, 100,000 is basically your trade size.

Forex Lot is basically representation of Trade Size in a different format. A Standard Lot would represent 100,000 of any currency, whereas a Mini Lot represents 10,000 and a Micro Lot represents 1,000.

So essentially 10 Mini Lots make 1 Standard Lot and 10 Micro Lots make 1 Mini Lot.

100,000 of a currency represents one Standard Lot or ten Mini Lots or one hundred Micro Lots in Forex market.

100 Micro Lot = 10 Mini Lot = 1 Standard Lot

When you place orders online you should know what account you have and how your broker lets you trade. For example with MBT, you can have an Standard Forex Account and still place trades in Mini Lots. On the other hand with Dukascopy you can only trade Standard Lots.

You may also want to read about Different Type of Forex Accounts.

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9 Responses to “What is Forex Mini, Micro and Standard Lot?”

  1. Forex-fan 3 December 2008 at 5:42 am #

    You have explained what is forex lot precisely but in appropriate way.

  2. Michael 9 December 2008 at 8:30 am #

    great explanation about different lot sizes. Your blog is an important resource for every new beginner in forex trading. I recommend it to my friends.

  3. Forex System Virtuos 3 March 2009 at 1:42 am #

    1 lot = make $10 per pip profit

    100 pips = 100% return on 100k:1 margin

  4. EP 15 April 2009 at 2:47 pm #

    one thing i like about forex, it is autopilot, we can analyst the market and put target to get profit

  5. alan 26 April 2009 at 6:38 am #

    How can I check the specifications for standard accounts?

  6. Forex Advice 27 August 2009 at 4:13 pm #

    perfect!..I also want to make a post about the specifications of that 3 lot.


  7. alex 26 July 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    Does anyone know how a mini lot is structure? Are they new standardized contracts that have been recently created, or are they a structured product like a CFD (is a mini lot a CFD?). I traded forex in 2005 and all lots were in 100k increments.

  8. jay 8 May 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Currency is as risky as the trader makes it, and 95% of retail traders make it extremely risky. That's why they lose their money, contributing to the astonishing liquidity of the overall market. The software now available makes trading really, really stupid simple.

    What's needed to stay alive and thrive in currency trading is MONEY MANAGEMENT. Self control. When you've had 12 profitable trades is a row, your endorphins start to drip. You become drunk on your euphoria. "Hey, I'm nuts not to start quadrupling my trades!" The truth is, you're insane to change the amount you've been trading. When your next 5 trades go against you, your trading reserve will be wiped out.

    There, you want the truth about forex? That's it. Making a fortune really is hard at all, if you've got self control and can manage money.

    • Nick 11 January 2013 at 7:16 am #

      I totally agree, jay.

      p.s.: I think in your last sentence you made a mistake, you wanted to write "Making a fortune really ISN'T hard at all", right?

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