How to calculate pip value in Forex
Calculating pip value is interesting and I am sure you will learn something new today. In order to calculate the pip value, we are setting the following assumptions. Our Forex account type is Micro Account and we have a deposit of £1000 pound. The account is opened with FXCM broker and as we explained above the account type is Micro Account; when we will trade 1 lot, the lot value would be 1,000.
This is simple so far, now let’s take an example of JPY Currency pair USDJPY. As we know now the FXCM platform quote 2 digits after the decimal points so the pip movement would be 0.01. now let’s calculate the pip value:
Pip Value = 0.01 X 1000 / 104.08 (exchange rate of USDJPY)
Pip value = 0.0960 ($)
This is how we calculate the pip value and in the above example, the value is 0.0960 US dollars. As mentioned, our account denomination is GBP (Pound), we need to convert this to GBP currency. The pair we will use is GBPUSD for exchange rate conversion. For this currency conversation, please note the GBP is the Base Currency for the GBPUSD pair. If you do not understand the Base Currency or Counter currency then don’t worry, I’ll explain this in more detail later.
so in our case, the pip value in GBP would be £0.06.
For the time being, just understand if the GBP is a base currency of a pair; then we will divide the pip value by the exchange rate of GBPUSD.
In the above example, we will divide 0.0960$ to the exchange rate of GBPUSD and that is 1.2957 and this will give us the pip value of 0.07£ per micro lot to open trade.
Pip value = 0.0960 / 1.2957 = £0.07
Now you must be thinking about why we divide this to GBPUSD and in which scenario we will multiply it? Don’t worry; we will take few more examples to explain this concept further.
Here is another example of pip value with Forex Account denomination in GBP. We have considered trading EURUSD and in order to get pip value in GBP, we will multiply the EURGBP exchange rate to the pip value to get the value in GBP.
In the above picture, the account is a standard account and the pip value would be 6.69. as you will find in this example, we multiply the pip value with the EURGBP exchange rate to get the value in GBP.
Similarly, the second example is for Mini Forex Account and the pip value would be 0.69.
Also for the Micro Forex Account, the pip value would be 0.09 or 0.7£.
The important question is why we multiply the exchange rate and in which case we will divide the exchange rate? In order to answer this, we need to know the base currency and counter currency concept.
What is Base Currency in a Forex Pair
In Forex, the currency pair is a combination of two currencies. Let’s say EURUSD. The first 3 characters are short for the first currency (Euro) and the last 3 characters for the second currency (US Dollar). The left side of the pair will always be called Base Currency. So in our example EUR (EURO) is the base currency.
What is Counter Currency in A Forex Pair
Counter currency is a second currency or the right-hand side of the pair is called country currency. In the above example of EURUSD, EUR is called Base Currency and USD is called Counter Currency.
I hope now you understood the concept of Base and Counter currencies so in the example of GBPUSD which currency is the base currency and which one is counter currency? Oh, your answer is correct. On the left-hand side, GBP is the base currency and USD is the counter currency.
Since now we fully understood the concept, let’s switch back to the pip value example. While our account denomination was in GBP and wanted to trade EURUSD, we have to convert the pip value to GBP and for this, we multiply with EURGBP pair.
Here is an important point. If our account denomination currency appears as a Counter Currency in the exchange rate Pair (EURGBP) then we multiply it.
Let’s say we want to trade USDCAD. In order to convert the pip value into GBP, we will divide it with GBPUSD pair. Since our account domination currency is GBP and the pair exchange rate that we need to use is GBPUSD. Our currency is appearing as Base Currency and so we will divide it.
I hope we have nailed this topic! and you learned something new. Don’t forget to check my other articles on Forex Lot Size and Risk/Reward for Forex Trading.