A managed forex account is a trading account where a professional forex trader (money manager) manages the trading on the clients’ behalf and charge a performance fee for the service. Managed Forex Accounts are fully segregated accounts individually owned by each investor at a brokerage firm. These forex trading accounts are also called sub or slave accounts and the money manager trades from a master account at the same brokerage company.
Managed forex accounts can be compared to traditional investment accounts of equities and bonds, where an investment manager handles the trading logistics. Money manager can not withdraw or add funds to the clients account, investor has full control over their account. Client (investor) can withdraw desirable amount of money from trading account at anytime.
The money manager (professional forex trader) and client investor need to sign a contract provided by the brokerage company which is called Limited Power of Attorney agreement (LPOA). This document is an agreement between the professional trader (money manager) and the client (investor) which enables the trader to trade on investor’s account on their behalf. Investor and the manager can not transfer the funds to each other trading accounts. LPOA document provides a high level of security, control, and transparency that’s comfortable for the investor. When signing LPOA, the managed (subaccount) account gets placed in MAM (Multi Account Management) system, and as stated above, investor has full control of their account. Investor can check the balance, deposit and withdraw funds, monitor trading activity, or cancel the LPOA agreement at any time if they are not satisfied with the management service. Money manager can trade for many investors all from a single master account using PAMM, LAMM, or MAM software. These technical procedures are integrated into most reputable brokerages, making it possible for professional forex traders to manage investor accounts.