I’m trying (and failing) to wrap my head around this problem, perhaps the financial gurus here can help me?
I opened an FX practice trading account (i.e., not real money) just to learn a bit about the whole thing. A friend in the USA is also doing the same and we will see who comes out ahead at the end of the year. So because I’m based in Japan, I elected to open the account with Japanese Yen, and he in US dollars. The company that provides the practice account opens all the accounts with a starting balance of 100,000 ‘units’, in whatever currency you nominate.
My account: 100,000 yen
His account: 100,000 US dollars
Now because the Yen currency is based on the smallest unit of currency in Japan, the Yen (which, let’s just say is equivalent to the US penny, for the purposes of this exercise) and the US currency is based on the dollar (100 pennies), then 100,000 yen does not equal 100,000 dollars. 10,000,000 Yen equals 100,000 dollars.
So I’ll be starting with less actual capital than he will be starting with, which means I’ll be more vulnerable to margin close outs if I try to trade at the same volume that he does.
Is that correct, am I at a disadvantage here? Or am I just being a whiney pussy?
Bonus question: The company that provides this practice account also provides a real money service. And because they don’t seem to acknowledge that the Yen is - how do I say it? - based on a currency unit that is two orders of value lower than the dollar? (if I’m explaining that correctly), should I open a real money account, can I trust them to handle the actual yen value correctly? That is, if I deposit 1000 US dollars, will they credit my account with 1000 yen? I’d really like to avoid having to sort that kind of mistake out.