can anyone help me understand how this function working ?

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s loo
s loo  

I couldn't get in touch with the author , therefore I decided to ask in the forum to help me understand some function :

Thank you in advance, please bare in mind that I am not professional IT or trader. so I am just an amateur, but I like to study more in Mql4 and EA, so please help me understand some code. I DO have studied some from books/youtubes/etc, but still can not figure out some, such as this one : 



//| Calculate position volume                                        |


double Lots()


   double maximumRisk=0.1;

   int lotsDigits=MathLog10(MarketInfo("EURUSD",MODE_MINLOT)); // I deleted " (int)-  "

   double lots=NormalizeDouble(AccountFreeMargin()*maximumRisk/(500000.0/AccountLeverage()),lotsDigits);







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can explain line by line whats meaning ? and especially why there is this '500000.0' ? 

Thanks you



Soewono Effendi
Soewono Effendi  
   int lotsDigits=MathLog10(MarketInfo("EURUSD",MODE_MINLOT)); // I deleted " (int)-  "

You get a digit / a number, e.g. 2, 3, 4 or 5 which you use later in function NormalizeDouble()

The purpose is to get "valid" volume size number, e.g. 0.02 , etc.



Get the maximum/minumym volume limit of the pair, e.g. "EURUSD"

   maximumRisk (normally in percentage of e.g. Free Margin)

   newlots = AccountFreeMargin() * maximumRisk / (500000.0/AccountLeverage())


Why the number 500000.0 ?
No idea, probably an upper limit / a fix balance ?

You might want to simplify the formula to 

maximumRisk = 2.5

newlots = AccountFreeMargin() * maximumRisk / 100.0

lots = NormalizeDouble(newlots)

Good luck.

PS: Try to format your post according to forum's standard, especially regarding SOURCE CODE formatting.
It makes reading your source code easier.

You can refer to and to understand what those MT4/MT5 functions do.

Airat Safin
Airat Safin  

The condition "if ( lots < MinLots ) lots = MinLots" is incorrect because it leads to an incorrectly accepted risk

For example

Let "maximumRisk" be the maximum risk for the calculated operation

Let "lots = 0.02" and "MinLots = 0.10"

Then "lots = MinLots" increases the risk by 5 times from the permissible

So if "lots < MinLots" then there should be "lots = 0" 
William Roeder
William Roeder  
 newlots = AccountFreeMargin() * maximumRisk / (500000.0/AccountLeverage())

The 500K is somebody's BOGUS attempt to relate account balance to lot size.

Never risk more than a small percentage of your account, certainly less than 2% per trade, 6% total to the account.

Risk depends on your initial stop loss, lot size, and the value of the pair. It does not depend on margin and leverage. No SL means you have infinite risk.

  1. You place the stop where it needs to be — where the reason for the trade is no longer valid. E.g. trading a support bounce the stop goes below the support.
  2. AccountBalance * percent/100 = RISK = OrderLots * (|OrderOpenPrice - OrderStopLoss| * DeltaPerLot + CommissionPerLot) (Note OOP-OSL includes the spread, and DeltaPerLot is usually around $10/pip but it takes account of the exchange rates of the pair vs. your account currency.)
  3. Do NOT use TickValue by itself - DeltaPerLot and verify that MODE_TICKVALUE is returning a value in your deposit currency, as promised by the documentation, or whether it is returning a value in the instrument's base currency.
              MODE_TICKVALUE is not reliable on non-fx instruments with many brokers - MQL4 programming forum 2017.10.10
              Is there an universal solution for Tick value? - Currency Pairs - General - MQL5 programming forum 2018.02.11
              Lot value calculation off by a factor of 100 - MQL5 programming forum 2019.07.19
  4. You must normalize lots properly and check against min and max.
  5. You must also check FreeMargin to avoid stop out

Most pairs are worth about $10 per PIP. A $5 risk with a (very small) 5 PIP SL is $5/$10/5 or 0.1 Lots maximum.

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