OrderSend Error 134 (Not Enough Money) in MT4 and Error 10019 in MT5
Sometimes, especially during backtesting or in case of a badly designed expert advisor, the OrderSend Error 134 (or
ERR_NOT_ENOUGH_MONEY) appears in the Journal log of your MetaTrader 4 platform. In MT5, this error is called
TRADE_RETCODE_NO_MONEY and has a code 10019. The reason for this error is the same for both versions of the platform — the lack of free margin to execute the
OrderSend() function for the given position volume. The methods to solve this error are quite different (we won't discuss the obvious non-coding solution, which is to deposit more funds to your trading account).
Fixing Error 134 (ERR_NOT_ENOUGH_MONEY) in MT4
In MetaTrader 4, you have to code your EA to perform the following check before executing
if (AccountFreeMarginCheck(Symbol(), Direction, Volume) > 0)
It will check how much free margin will be available after opening a position with the volume = Volume in a given direction = Direction. But comparing it with 0 isn't a very good solution. One should pay attention to the broker's stop-out level to consider the margin requirements:
if (((AccountStopoutMode() == 1) && (AccountFreeMarginCheck(Symbol(), Direction, Volume) > AccountStopoutLevel())) || ((AccountStopoutMode() == 0) && ((AccountEquity() / (AccountEquity() - AccountFreeMarginCheck(Symbol(), Direction, Volume)) * 100) > AccountStopoutLevel())))
This will check the way your broker applies
Fixing Error 10019 (TRADE_RETCODE_NO_MONEY) in MT5
For MetaTrader 5, this condition would look like this (replace
SYMBOL_MARGIN_SHORT if you want to check margin before opening a short position):
if (((AccountInfoInteger(ACCOUNT_MARGIN_SO_MODE) == ACCOUNT_STOPOUT_MODE_MONEY) && (AccountInfoDouble(ACCOUNT_FREEMARGIN) - SymbolInfoDouble(Symbol(), SYMBOL_MARGIN_INITIAL) * Lots * SymbolInfoDouble(Symbol(), SYMBOL_MARGIN_LONG) > AccountInfoDouble(ACCOUNT_MARGIN_SO_SO))) || ((AccountInfoInteger(ACCOUNT_MARGIN_SO_MODE) == ACCOUNT_STOPOUT_MODE_PERCENT) && ((AccountInfoDouble(ACCOUNT_EQUITY)/(AccountInfoDouble(ACCOUNT_EQUITY) - (AccountInfoDouble(ACCOUNT_FREEMARGIN) - SymbolInfoDouble(Symbol(), SYMBOL_MARGIN_INITIAL) * Lots * SymbolInfoDouble(Symbol(), SYMBOL_MARGIN_LONG))) * 100 > AccountInfoDouble(ACCOUNT_MARGIN_SO_SO))))
It looks quite complex compared to the MT4 version but it checks the same condition.
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