Divergence due to base currency

Learn how divergence due to base currency may affect your investments in DARWINs.

Lets say you are an investor and your Wallet is denominated in euros (EUR).

​However, when you check your portfolio of DARWINs you may notice that some of them may have a different base currency than the one reflected in your Wallet.

Could this affect you? The answer is YES.

How exactly it affects you is the topic of this article. We have prepared this spreadsheet to help you better understand the impact it may have.


Put yourself in the situation of having invested 1000 euros in a DARWIN denominated in US dollars which is about to make its first trade.

Its quote reflects 100 as with every new DARWIN.

The first trade this DARWIN will replicate is a trade in the USDJPY with a 1:5 leverage.

In order for you (EUR) to achieve the same leverage as the DARWIN (USD), you'd have to buy a slightly larger volume of the asset as the DARWIN trading in USD and, as we write this article, the EURUSD quotes at around 1.20.

Although you buy and sell the asset (USDJPY) at the same price, while the trade remains open, the value of the EUR against the JPY will vary, whereas the value of the USD against the JPY will remain constant.

This means that even if the trade was open and closed at the same time for both the DARWIN and yourself (same amount of pips), the pip value will depend on the evolution of the EURUSD while the trade remains open.

Let's sum up these takeaways

  • When replicating all the DARWINs' trades, and even if you have invested in a DARWIN with a different base currency, you will always trade in the currency of your Wallet.
  • Base currency divergence only affects profits. If the DARWIN makes a winning trade, your replication of the trade cannot become a losing trade due to base currency divergence.
  • The only variation that counts is the one occurring while the trade is open. Any variation before or after the trade has absolutely no effect on divergence due to base currency.
  • When all trades of a DARWIN have a similar duration, divergence due to base currency will be random: sometimes it will benefit you and others not. 
  • When the duration of the trades is very long (weeks or months), divergence due to base currency can be higher than usual.

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