Become A Professional Client

In order to be classified as a Professional client, you would need to meet at least 2 out of the following 3 criteria (Quantitative Test).

  • Have traded leveraged products on average at least 10 trades in significant size in each of the last 4 consecutive quarters
  • Have an investment portfolio of over €500,000
  • Have worked in the financial services sector for over a year performing a role which requires you to have knowledge or experience in leveraged products

This offering is only available to individual clients capable of obtaining professional status. This requires experience of trading relevant products on your own account above a certain size, experience of working within the financial sector for at least one year in  a relevant position and/or a personal investment portfolio worth at least €500,000. Losses can exceed deposits.

Note: You will be required to provide supporting evidence

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  • Increased leverage across all instruments*
  • Client funds are segregated**
  • Designated experienced account manager
  • Ability to utilize algo based order types
  • Rebates**
  • Enjoy access to multiple benefits

* While a greater amount of leverage will be available to professional clients, it is important to note the risks associated with this.We recommend you always keep your account well-funded
** Dependent on eligibility

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Leverage Implications

Retail Account Margin
Professional Account Margin

If you placed a trade for £5 per point of the UK100 index, as a Retail Client, you would be required to deposit an additional £1,824 of initial margin compared to a Professional Client.

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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its notice limiting the leverage available to retail clients to between 30:1 and 2:1, as spread betting and CFD products are considered high risk and complex, and higher leverage rates are not suitable for the majority of retail clients. These restrictions took effect on 1 August 2018 but don’t apply to ADSS Professional clients

Negative balance protections don’t apply to professional clients, who have an obligation to make additional payments if their account falls into a negative balance. ADSS can use more sophisticated language when talking to professional clients. ADSS may assume a level of knowledge and experience when assessing whether our products are appropriate for professional clients. For professional clients we may prioritise other factors such as speed and likelihood of execution, if we determine they are equally or more important than overall price. In practice, we don’t change the way we execute your orders.

Don’t worry. Even with a Standard Account, ADSS gives you the opportunity to trade thousands of products through Orex, our award-winning trading platform, complemented with excellent customer service. 

When executing orders for you, ADSS take all sufficient steps to obtain the “best possible result” for you. However, the requirement for Retail Clients, to determine the best possible result in terms of total consideration for the transaction does not apply to Professional Clients.

Financial instruments that count towards your portfolio size include shares, derivatives (only available cash deposits or profits realised from investing in derivatives), debt instruments and cash deposits. It does not include property portfolios, direct commodity ownership or notional values of leveraged instruments.

Significant size is determined by taking into consideration the notional value of individual asset classes, as follows:

Equities £10k per trade

Indices/Commodoties £50k per trade

Treasuries/FX £75k per trade

As with a Retail account, ADSS will hold your funds in a segregated client money bank account. You are also eligible for Financial Services Compensation Scheme protection on up to £50,000 that you hold with us. You have access to the Financial Ombudsman Service if you aren’t satisfied with the outcome of a complaint to us. You can request to be re- categorised  at any time if you want a higher level of regulatory protection.


If you do not qualify for a Professional Account then you may still be eligible for a Retail Account, which offers the following functionality

  • Award-winning OREX Trading Platform
  • Low latency execution
  • Access to multiple asset classes
  • 24/5 Client Service Desk
  • Fast and easy funding and withdrawals
  • Over 1,000 tradeable instruments
  • Advanced charting and analysis tools
  • Competitive spreads
  • Real time scrolling news

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