Islamic Trading Accounts
Online trading platforms operate 24 hours a day, and allow people to choose from a large variety of instruments – foreign exchange, commodities, shares, bonds, ETFs, currency options and more. Some of the positions opened by traders are done for day trading – positions opened for a few hours. Other traders, however, employ trades with a longer scope, and wish to keep their positions opened for more than 24 hours.
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What is a Swap?
Keeping positions opened for over 24 hours entails a special fee called a swap. An overnight Swap, sometimes referred as a rollover fee, is the cost of keeping a position open overnight. It derives from the broker’s selling the position at day’s end to a 3rd party (usually a liquidity provider) and then re-buying it the next day.
Because a Swap can be seen as a type of interest, a fee for the service the broker is providing you, it creates a problem for Muslim traders following Sharia law, which forbids certain financial transactions, primarily those accumulating interest.
To solve this issue, brokers offer their Islamic finance investors an ‘Islamic account’. This account type is similar to a regular one, with one key difference; it is not subjected to any special fees or interest, which sits well with the finance principles of Sharia law.
The Sharia law dictates that the lender must share in the borrower’s risk. In non-Islamic accounts, the risk falls exclusively on the lender. In Islamic eyes, this is considered exploitative and wasteful.
AvaTrade is fully committed to providing its traders with a variety of trading solutions to fit their needs and wants.
Note! AvaTrade is not a legislative institution; therefore do not take this Islamic Account definition as permission to trade. Please verify all trading is in accordance with your beliefs.
*Cryptocurrency trading is not available on Islamic accounts, to trade cryptocurrencies clients must give up their ‘Islamic account’ privileges and be subject to special fees or interest.
*Certain FX instruments (ZAR, TRY, RUB, MXN pairs) are not available on Islamic accounts, to trade these pairs, clients must give up their ‘Islamic account’ privileges and be subject to fees or interest