Leverage allows you to open a larger position with a smaller amount of funds. For example, if you open a $5,000 position in XBT/USD with 5:1 leverage, only one-fifth of this amount, or $1000, will be tied to the position from your balance. Your remaining balance will be available for opening more positions. If you open this same position with 2:1 leverage, $2,500 of your balance will be tied to the position. If you open with 1:1 leverage, $5,000 of your balance will be tied to the position.