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What is a Pip in Forex?
A pip, short for percentage in point or price interest point, is the smallest numerical price move in the exchange market. When a price changes on the exchange it is generally measured in Pip/s or Pipettes. With most currency pairs the pip is located in the 4th decimal place ($0.0001). The pipette is located in the 5th decimal place but is rarely referred to other than as a precision indicator.
Pay note! In Japanese Yen pairs, the pip is equal to one hundredth of the counter currency and is represented in the 2nd place after the decimal point!
For most pairs a pip is equivalent to 0.01% or 1/100th of one percent. This value is also commonly referred to as BPS. A basis point (BPS) refers to a common unit of measure for interest rates and their financial percentages. One BPS is equal to 1/100th of 1% or 0.01% (0.0001) and denotes a percentage change in the exchange rate.
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Calculating pip value and position size
As mentioned, a pip is equivalent to a change of 1 point in the fourth decimal place in the exchange rate of the currency pair. Keeping that in mind here is how we calculate a pip move as well as price moves:
Calculating forex price moves
Now that we are clear on what a pip is let’s see how much money we can gain or lose for each movement.
The size of your position will influence this. With the same price movement in pips, larger positions will have greater monetary consequences on your balance.
This can be calculated very simply: Positions size x 0.0001 = Monetary value of a pip
Here is a quick example using the EUR/USD as we have above:
We open a position size of 10,000 units and calculate the pip value as follows: 10,000 (units) x 0.0001 (one pip) = $1 per pip.
When you open a BUY position and the market acts in your favour every pip movement will earn you $1.00; and the opposite is true if you SELL. If the markets are against your choice to either buy or sell, $1.00 will be lost per pip movement should the trend be against you.
Increasing or decreasing the number of units will have the same effect on the pip value.
Major currencies’ pips
Pip values vary per currency as they are dependent on how the currency is traded. On some trading platforms, though rare, it is possible to record a price move in half-pip increments; therefore the value of one pip is commonly a standard on most interfaces.
However, it depends on the trading platform and the price feed. There are systems that show 4 digits (pips) and those that show 5 (pipettes).
The major currencies that are traded by investors/traders are the Japanese Yen (JPY), Great British Pound (GBP), US Dollar (USD), Euro (EUR) and the Canadian Dollar (CAD). These major currencies can be paired with each other or other more exotic currencies.
It is important to keep abreast of daily average ranges when trading forex, in order to gauge volatility in the Forex Market. Should the pairs not meet estimated ranges then you will not be hitting your profits and lower targets need to be set up.
Monitoring your ADR (Average Daily Ranges) closely is highly recommended by Friedberg Direct.
Here is an example of the major pairs price movements in pips on average per trading session:
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Please note that with Yen-pairs, the pip is located in the 2nd place after the decimal point, and thus equal to a change of 0.01 or 1/100th of the quote currency.
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What is a Pip FAQs
Are there any currency pairs that do not use 0.0001 as a single pip?
Japanese Yen crosses such as the EUR/JPY and the USD/JPY do not use 0.0001 as a pip. Instead they use 0.01 or 1/100 of the exchange rate. So, the USD/JPY might be quoted as 110.01 where the trailing 0.01 equals one pip. This is a notable difference from most other currency pairs and is due to the very small value of a single Yen.
What is a pip value calculator?
Calculating the value of pips, especially for cross currency pairs that do not include the U.S. dollar as one of the currencies, can be time consuming and difficult. For that reason, there are pip value calculators that will do the job for you. With a pip value calculator, you simply input your account base currency and the calculator will let you know the value of a pip for the standard lot (100,000 units), mini lot (10,000 units) and micro lot (1,000 units). This can save you a lot of time and since it can update in real time you will always easily know what your potential profit or loss is.
How does leverage affect the value of a pip?
When using leverage, the value of a pip does not change. Rather the amount of leverage being used will impact the pip value. Normally for pairs where the USD is the quote currency a standard lot of 100,000 units has a pip value of $10. Keeping it simple, if you add 1:100 leverage and you have $10,000 in your trading account you’ll be able to control $1,000,000 or 10 standard lots. And each pip will be worth $100. Basically, when you increase your leverage, you also increase your volatility because each pip is worth much more, making even a small pip change have a huge impact on your trading account.
These FAQs, comments/analysis do not take into consideration your individual personal circumstances and trading objectives. Therefore, they should not be considered as a personal recommendation or investment advice. They are intended for educational purposes only. Past performance is not indicative of future results. There is no guarantee that the contents or instructions will result in profits or not result in losses.