Firstly we will look at the Account Summary bar. The account summary bar displays an overview of the status of your account. There are six fields displayed by default; Cash Balance, Open P&L, Account Value, Margin Available, Margin Used and Liquidity.
The Cash Balance displays your realised cash balance for the account in your base currency. When a trade is closed, the resulting P&L will be reflected here.
The Open P&L value displays the cumulative P&L of all of your open positions in your base currency.
The Account Value displays your Cash Balance including your cumulative P&L in your base currency.
The Margin available field displays your current Margin Available in your base currency. This is the amount of money you have available to place trades.
The Margin Used field displays the cumulative Margin Requirement of all open positions and orders in your base currency.
The Liquidity field displays the health status of your account. A figure greater than 100% represents an overall profit; a figure less than 100% represents an overall loss. If your account reaches a liquidity value of 0% all open positions on your account will be automatically liquidated.
In addition to the default values displayed in the Account Summary bar, you will be able to display your Account ID (This should be quoted when contacting client services or when making a bank transfer), Account Currency (This displays your account base currency) and Account Type (This displays the account type that you are looking at, whether it is a CFD account or Spread Betting account). These fields can be selected by accessing the account preferences section.