Be sure to deposit funds to make them available for trading.
Perpetual Protocol uses the xDai network for scaling. This means you must 'deposit' funds from your regular Ethereum wallet (eg. Metamask) to the xDai network. This process is performed entirely within your existing wallet without additional setup. Funds remain in your wallet and under your control at all times.
Funding payments follow the convention used on other exchanges like FTX and Binance: A negative number in your Position History indicates you received a funding payment, while a positive number in your Position History indicates you payed a funding payment.
The logic is that you make a payment; a positive payment means you end with less money; a negative payment means you end with more money.
The index price (also called 'Oracle price') generally refers to the price of the underlying asset on the spot market. Perpetual Protocol bases the index price on price feeds from Chainlink.
To mitigate frontrunning, we use the 1-hour TWAP (time weighted average price). This may result in the index price shown differing somewhat from the price you see on other major exchanges, especially when the market is volatile.
The price shown in the Perpetual Protocol trading interface is updated when a new price is received from Chainlink. Note, however, that the index price is only used when calculating hourly funding payments.
The mark price (also called 'last price') is the current trading price for perpetual contracts of the asset you at viewing, and is the price you can expect to pay/receive when opening or closing a position, respectively (subject to slippage).
It is normal for this price to diverge, sometimes dramatically, from the index price (the open market price referenced by Perpetual Protocol, aka spot price). The mark price is a general indicator of trading sentiment on Perpetual Protocol.
Margin ratio is calculated by adding your margin size and PnL for a given position, and then dividing by the position notional (position size multiplied by mark price).
PnL or P&L (profit and loss) shows how much value your position has lost or gained. Until you close your position, these are unrealized profits or losses.
PnL is calculated using the following formula:
currentPrice will be the greater of two values: 1. current market price as calculated by the vAMM, or 2. the 15 minute TWAP of the market price. This is done to prevent an attacker from manipulating the price on the exchange and triggering liquidations.
If you open a second position for a given asset, the new position will be combined with your existing (active) position. E.g. if you have a 100 ETH long position and open a 50 ETH short position, your active position will be updated to a 50 ETH long position (all else being equal).
Note that if you open a 100 ETH long and then a 100 ETH short, you will be left with a dust position due to rounding. Therefore it is best to simply close the position rather than taking an equal, opposite position.
You can set a maximum slippage tolerance on the left side of the trading interface. The slippage tolerance applies when opening or closing a position.
The default is 0.5%, or you can also set your own tolerance. Setting slippage tolerance is especially useful in volatile or high volume market conditions on the Perpetual Protocol exchange, when large numbers/sizes of concurrent trades may result in significant slippage.