Copy trading on Deriv cTrader

Interconnected group of traders illustrating copy trading on Deriv cTrader

Disclaimer: Deriv cTrader is not available to clients residing in the EU. 

Copy trading is a popular trading strategy that allows individuals to automatically replicate the trades of experienced and successful traders, known as strategy providers. This approach enables less experienced traders, known as followers or copiers, to benefit from the expertise of others without actively engaging in market analysis or decision-making.

With Deriv, traders can engage in copy trading on Deriv cTrader, a popular feature-rich CFDs trading platform that comes equipped with copy trading facilities. You’ll also get to trade global financial markets such as forex, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), stocks and indices, as well as derived indices which are available to trade 24/7.

In this article, we’ll go through a step-by-step guide to get you started on copy trading with Deriv cTrader. 

How copy trading works

On the cTrader platform, you’ll be able to see a selection of traders who are offering their strategies to be copied — they are also known as strategy providers. Have a look at their trading performances, and choose a trader you’d like to follow and copy. 

Once you select a trader to follow, your account will automatically replicate your selected trader’s trades in real-time. This means that whenever the strategy provider executes a trade, it will be mirrored in your account proportionally to your capital. Do note that these strategies are provided at a fee. 

How to start copy trading on Deriv cTrader

On cTrader, you’ll be able to find the copy trading feature under the ‘Copy’ tab in the menu on the left. 

1. Navigate to the left side of the cTrader platform.
2. Click on ‘Copy’.
Choosing a strategy provider to copy
3. You can find a list of strategy providers that are placed under the “Strategies” tab. 

Go through the list of strategy providers, or use the search bar to filter and select a suitable strategy provider based on your trading preferences. 

You can also create a list of your favourite strategy providers under the “Favourites” tab.
Reviewing the selected strategy provider

5. It’s also important to check each strategy’s ‘Fees and Conditions’. This includes the minimum investment, performance fee, management fee, and volume fee.

You can hover your mouse over the “i” button for more detailed information.
Review copy trading fees

A brief definition of these fees:
Minimum investment: The minimum amount of funds required to be allocated for copying this strategy.

Performance fee: A fee based on the percentage of the net profit you made.

Management fee: The annual percentage of your equity calculated daily. It is charged on the first day of each month after you start following the strategy.

Volume fee: The amount you will be charged per one million of volume copied. It is calculated per side and added to each position.
5. It’s also important to check each strategy’s ‘Fees and Conditions’. This includes the minimum investment, performance fee, management fee, and volume fee.

You can hover your mouse over to the “i” button for more detailed information.
Confirm strategy selection

Equity Stop Loss means you will limit losses when copying strategies. If your equity drops below the specified level, all copying will stop and any open positions copied from the strategy provider will be closed.
6. Once you’ve decided to follow a specific strategy provider, select the account you would like to trade from and enter your desired amount.
Then, click the ‘Start Copying’ button next to their profile.
Monitoring and reviewing selected strategy
7. Monitor your copied trades in the ‘Copy’ tab to stay updated on the provider’s performance and your progress.
7. Navigate among the list of active copy trades in the left column within the Copy tab. 
For each copy trade, you can click on the three dots to see the options available, such as adding funds, removing funds, stopping copying, and setting equity stop loss.

Do remember to regularly review and adjust your copying settings based on the strategy provider’s performance and market conditions.

Understanding Your Fees

To enhance the guide on cTrader copy trading, we plan to include a sample fee calculation to provide additional assistance throughout the process.


Strategy Name: “Sample Strategy”
Minimum Investment: $1,000
Volume Fee: $5 per one million USD
Performance Fee: 20% of net profit using a High-Water Mark model
Management Fee: 5% of investor’s equity

Now, let’s calculate the fees for a scenario where an investor copies the “Sample Strategy” and earns a net profit of $1,500.

1. Volume Fee Calculation:

Formula: Volume Fee = (Total Volume Copied / 1,000,000) * Volume Fee Rate

Assuming the total volume copied is $3,000,000:

Volume Fee = ($3,000,000 / 1,000,000) * $5 = $15

The Volume Fee is charged based on the trading volume copied by the investor. It’s applied as the copier engages in trading activities within the strategy. The fee is deducted in real time as the copier executes trades within the copied strategy. 

2. Performance Fee Calculation:

Formula: Performance Fee = Net Profit * Performance Fee Rate

Assuming the investor’s net profit is $1,500

Performance Fee = $1,500 * 20% = $300

The Performance Fee is calculated based on the net profit made by the copier using a High-Water Mark model. This fee is not applied immediately but is calculated and applied periodically. The exact frequency and timing may depend on the platform’s settings. It’s applied at intervals and calculated based on the copier’s net profit during that period.

3. Management Fee Calculation:

Formula: Management Fee = (Investor’s Equity / 100) * Management Fee Rate

Assuming the investor’s equity is $10,000:

Management Fee = ($10,000 / 100) * 5% = $50

Similar to the Performance Fee, the Management Fee is also applied periodically. It’s calculated based on the investor’s equity or account balance. The exact timing and frequency of Management Fee deductions may vary based on the platform’s settings.

So, in this example, the fees applied to the investor copying the “Sample Strategy” would be as follows:

  • Volume Fee: $15
  • Performance Fee: $300
  • Management Fee: $50

In summary, the Volume Fee is deducted in real-time as the copier engages in trading activities, while the Performance Fee and Management Fee are calculated and applied periodically based on the copier’s performance and equity. The specific timing and frequency of these fee deductions may vary based on the platform’s settings and policies. Copiers should refer to the platform’s documentation and fee schedule for precise details on when and how these fees are applied.

These fees are calculated based on the specified rates and the investor’s activity in copying the strategy. Keep in mind that the actual fees may vary based on the strategy’s terms and the investor’s performance.

Special Notes for Deriv Clients

The cTrader Copy platform at Deriv provides transparent fees and strategy performance history for an informed copy trading experience.

Strategy providers available for copying must meet the minimum requirements laid down by the cTrader platform.

Investors can freely manage their investments and risk levels with user-friendly tools and real-time data.

Note: This is a brief manual to serve as a fundamental resource for both new and experienced clients looking to engage with copy trading on Deriv’s cTrader platform. It shall be enriched with visual aids to facilitate comprehension and enhance the user experience.


The information contained within this blog article is for educational purposes only and is not intended as financial or investment advice.

Deriv cTrader is unavailable to clients residing within the European Union

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