cTrader Copy is a fully integrated cTrader feature and a flexible investment platform that allows copying trading strategies, as well as providing one’s own strategies for copying by other traders. It is an easy to use reliable solution with clearly defined fees system and transparent strategies information and history that offers an easy copying mechanism for better trading experience.
Once a trader is logged in to the cTrader web application with cTrader ID, he can proceed to the Copy section, check the available strategies, compare their history, details, and fees, allocate the funds and start copying any of them in just two clicks.
All the strategies can be discovered and copied from the cTrader Copy main page without any long-term commitment, and any trader signed in with cTrader ID can invest in a strategy as long as his broker has enrolled to the cTrader.
While using cTrader Copy, you may refer to the following notions:
- Strategy - aggregated actions of a trader provided for copying by the Investors under the certain conditions.
- Investor - a trader who allocates a certain amount of funds from his trading account for copying a strategy under the certain conditions (investing).
- Copy Trading Account - an account created by allocating a certain amount of funds from a trading account for copying a strategy.
- Strategy Provider - a trader who provides his trading strategy for copying by other traders.
General Copying Logic
The general logic of cTrader Copy copying mechanism is that a trader can allocate a certain amount of his funds to connect to a certain trading strategy to automatically copy all the steps within this strategy. The allocated funds from an Investor’s account are considered as Copy Trading Account. In fact, one can understand the copying idea as investing the funds in trading strategies on the defined conditions.
The copying model of cTrader Copy is based on the Equity to Equity ratio which means that the volume that will be copied is defined according to the Strategy Provider’s and Investor’s equity.
According to the Equity to Equity copying model, a volume to be copied by a Copy Trading Account is calculated as follows:
Investor’s equity / Strategy Provider’s equity * Number of lots traded
The Strategy Provider's equity at the moment of copying is 2,000 USD, the Investor’s equity is 1,000 USD. The Provider opens 4 lots for trading. This trade will be copied with the following volume: 1,000 of the Investor’s equity divided by 2,000 of the Strategy Provider equity and multiplied by 4 lots traded equals 2 lots.
In this way, the platform automatically adjusts the volume of the positions copied by an Investor according to any changes of both - the Provider’s equity and the Investor’s equity. All the withdrawals or deposits are taken into account and position sizes are kept relative to the resources that each party has allocated.
Note that all the Strategy Provider actions within the strategy are being copied automatically by the Investor. For example, if a Strategy Provider modifies the existing positions within his strategy (closes half of the positions), then such actions will be copied for the Investor as well.
When you start following a strategy, all the existing open positions of the strategy will be opened for your Copy Trading Account with the current market rates, and all the strategy actions will start being copied. In some cases, the copying mechanism may undergo some exceptions. For example:
In cases when the volume of a trade performed in a copied strategy is lower than the minimum trading volume allowed by the broker, the trade size will be defined based on the step allowed by the broker.
In cases when the volume of a trade performed in a copied strategy is higher than the maximum ticket size allowed by the broker, then no position will be opened.
In cases when the market is closed for a certain symbol trading in a strategy, the position for such symbol will be open only when the market is opened.In case of insufficient margin on your account, the position will not be copied.