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A margin account is an account offered by brokerages that allows investors to borrow money to buy securities. An investor might put down 50% of the value of a purchase and borrow the rest from the broker. The broker charges the investor interest for the right to borrow money and uses the securities as collateral.

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Extra large margin for government bonds

The value of my brokerage account is $1000x (Fidelity if it matters). Looking at my balances, I see that I am afforded an additional "government bond" buying power which is about $2250x. My regular ...
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Do I have to pay interest on a margin short sale if I post full cash collateral?

Let's say that I have $100 in my account and I want to short sell stock A. Stock A is valued at $100, so therefore I sell one share of stock A. In order to do this, the account is a margin account. ...
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Margin Trade: How do I calculate my margin level based on leverage and price?

Hoping someone could help a noob. Let's say I have 10,000 USD in an account and want to short ETH with 1,000 USD with 5x leverage (5k USD total). With this, my margin level be 1,000%, yes? (10,000 / ...
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Why are my funds locked up in my trading account while using bear put strategy?

Today I used a bear put strategy and I was surprised to see that some funds in my trading account were locked up as margin used. It is well known that the potential loss in bear put strategy is ...
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How are net income and yield calculated for margin trading?

You have purchased 150 shares at 10 each. You expect to sell these at 15 each. You only managed to sell 100. Out of your initial purchase price, 400$ were borrowed. Brokerage fee= 2% for the ...
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Details related to Upstox margin calculation

On the right is the screenshot of Upstox's span calculator for IDEA: Upstox's margin calculator I just want to confirm if I am understanding this right or not? So, according to my understanding, it ...
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No margin account and put expires ITM

This question is a followup to a recent and similar question on buying a put: When a long PUT expires in-the-money, whose shares are being sold?. Suppose I don't have a margin account, and I buy a ...
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Should I invest on margin?

I have an Interactive Brokers margin account, but so far, I haven't been using the margin; I'm considering doing so. According to https://www.interactivebrokers.com/en/index.php?f=18069, their ...
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Is possible to short sell stocks without using CFD?

the title is all my question :) Is possible to short sell stocks without using CFD?
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Explicit margin requirement for RPUT ETF?

I read RPUT ETF prospectus and there is this paragraph: The number of RUT Puts sold by the Fund varies month to month but is limited by the amount held by the Fund in Treasury bills, the value of ...
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Stock / forex trading 100s of transactions per day - how is the margin calculated?

Let's say I have 10k USD in my margin account. I place 100 round trip orders in a single day, each worth 2000 USD (999 USD buy order and 1001 USD sell order). How much margin did I use at the end of ...
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Margin accounts and futures delivery

I'm trying to understand the market mechanics of futures with delivery. For sake of example, assume 0 interest rates and no cost of carry, and that I bought a futures contract on Jan 1 with Feb 1 ...
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How to use full margin (Robinhood Gold) while staying diverse

How is one able to add diversity to one's Robinhood portfolio while utilizing near 100% of Gold (margin)? I was told in my previous post, as well as reiterated by a Robinhood Rep, that when making a ...
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Is investment interest (i.e., margin interest in this case) deductible against dividends on state income taxes?

I am helping my family members (they live in New Jersey, USA) with their income taxes and came across something I was not sure about. For filing federal income taxes, investment interest (for purposes ...
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Margin limit calculation

I am new to the community, and I wish to add a question regarding the margin topic (something that I wonder if i am missing out on). Let's assume that my broker gave me a 1:10 leverage, and my "Good ...
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Theoretical Margin Trading Questions

I am just educating myself on margin trading (I have no real desire to try it any time soon) and was wondering if you may help me with a scenario and a few basic questions to see if my logic is ...
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By pass the 100% limit in shorting: Capitalising on a Market Crash

I want to short a cryptocurrency that is highly overvalued. Let say its current value as of now is $10,000 , my intuition say that sometime next year like Feb its going to fall significantly to about $...
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Zero cash buying power, what would margin maintenance be?

I have $0 cash buying power but have loads of margin buying power because of my current marginable securities. If I make a margin trade for any amount does that mean I have 0% equity in that position ...
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Variation margin on closed position

I would appreciate an explanation for the following problem: Trader A is long a futures position worth $10 and Trader B is the short counterparty. Since it is exchange-traded the contract is cleared ...
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Forex & CFDs good profits, but why?

First off, i am a total newcomer to trading. I opened an account with an online broker, am using their App with a 10k demo account. I am under no illusions when it comes to trading. I am not ...
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How profit margin can be higher than operating margin?

I was looking at fundamentals for SalesForce (CRM) and noticed that their profit margin higher than operating margin: Profitability Profit Margin 1.48% Operating Margin (ttm) 0.21% In my ...
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What's wrong with this margin calculation?

I'm calculating margin on put selling options using TDAmeritrade's formula. It can be found here on p.11: https://www.tdameritrade.com/retail-en_us/resources/pdf/AMTD086.pdf Using the first example ...
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Are Credit Default Swaps an adequate hedge for leveraged bond portfolio?

A hedge is supposed to be a cheaper bet that pays off if a primary bet isn't profitable. With a leveraged bond portfolio, my understanding is that a credit default swap (CDS) can help hedge, but I'm ...
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Are there good investment options to pay off student loans?

I just recently graduated uni and I'm hoping to try and apply what I learned in my finance classes to paying off my student debt. The biggest surprise to me during my studies was the realization that ...
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I was denied a margin account for being unemployed, what should I do?

I'm in Canada, and encountered something very strange in the last few months: my mother and I each opened an individual (not joint) discount brokerage account at HSBC InvestDirect. We both deposited $...
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Why do some stocks have a higher margin requirement?

When a stock is leveraged 2X or 3X, it will have a higher margin requirement for obvious reasons. For a non leveraged stock, what does a higher margin requirement say about that stock? Here are some ...
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Why is a margin account required for limited risk spreads?

If I try enter a limit order for an options spread I am denied being able to make this trade due to not having a margin account. Why? I'm not borrowing any money to make the trade, it's all in cash. ...
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What is proper formula for margin (== spread percentage)? Should I use mid-price in denominator?

I always thought what margin got calculated using the following formulae: spread = ask - bid mid = (ask + bid)/2 margin = (spread/mid) * 100% However, I noticed what whole internet disagrees with ...
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What is margin in F&O trading?

I am new in trading and want to trade in Futures. I used the span calculator for that and get the following result : Buy 1 lot Sell 1 lot Initial margin 31,225 30,...
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Can I withdraw cash from margin?

Let's assume I have $100,000 worth in stocks: $50,000 I paid for in cash and the other $50,000 on margin. Can I sell the shares bought on margin and withdraw those $50,000 out of the brokerage account ...
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Can I use my long position stocks as margin for my short sold stocks?

Let's say I am going to use short selling as a way of hedging. For example, I will buy $100 of GOOG stock and short sell $100 PNQI. Let's say my broker wants 200% margin on short sells (100% my own ...
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Question about margin and investing

Lets say I have $10,000 cash in an account and margin buying power of $20,000. I sell a put that is worth $9,000 and it gets exercised. Will I be using margin since i have enough cash in the account ...
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Investing using leverage

As a trader, I understand the premise of Leverage and Margined accounts. I understand that it is almost necessary to use leverage in order to make money from trading. But the question is about ...
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Why do requirements after a margin call vary?

I have seen in various places that a margin call requires restoring an account up to The initial margin level (or having this done for you) or The maintenance margin level. As best as I can tell, ...
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What happens if stock purchased on margin plummets below what I have in the brokerage?

Lets say I have $5k in my brokerage account and I buy a 100 shares of $50 stock on a 4:1 margin. So I put up $1,250 leaving $3750 in the brokerage. 5 minutes later the stock plunges to $4/share and I ...
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How to consider the effect of margin call risk in a gamma scalping strategy

I am trying to tippy toe into volatility trading and volatility strategies. So I was reading Sheldon Natenberg where he starts off with a portfolio of long ATM call and short 50 shares of stock to ...
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Is there any minimum monthly payment required towards the margin amount borrowed from your broker?

When you take a loan from a bank, there is usually a minimum monthly payment that you need to make. When you take a loan from your broker(use margin), do you need to make a minimum monthly payment ...
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What margin is required to initiate and maintain a short sale

If I short 100 shares of a stock trading at 20$, what is my initial margin and my maintenance margin that I need to maintain with my broker? I have a REG T margin account.
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Will using margin always lower my sharpe ratio

Are there any good books/resources there that advise on guidelines on how to best use margin? Most advice about using a broker's margin goes like this 'Margin is risky. Only for experienced investors. ...
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How many naked option contracts can I write if I want to use maximum margin

Let us say I want to write a naked option on SPX in my interactive brokers margin account. If this is the only position I wish to hold in my account, and I want to use maximum margin, then what is the ...
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how much of foreign exchange (forex/fx) “deep liquidity” is really just unbacked leverage and what is the effect?

During the recent debacle of some high profile FX brokerages, I read some good articles that talked about FX brokers offering up to 1000:1 leverage ratios. Apparently it's pretty normal to find 200:1 -...
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How is option margin determined by my broker

How does my broker determine how much option margin they can or will allow me? For example if I have $1,000,000 in cash or stocks how do they determine how much option margin I may use?
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What is the best and most optimal way to use margin

Are there any discrete guidelines on the optimal way to to use margin in a Reg-T margin account? I am mostly looking to trade stocks, stock options and currencies. Most of the guidelines are vague ...
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Are option contracts subject to mark to market rules

When I buy or sell an option contract, am I subject to futures style mark to market rules...i.e if the position moves against me, will the broker issue a margin call to put up additional collateral, ...
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Margin Call Question

Hoping for an explanation on one part of this problem: Execute a margin call of 1000 shares of a stock at $40/share. The initial margin requirement is 50% and the maintenance margin requirement is 30%...
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What is a “margin-call” and how are they enforced?

I was just reading up on trading, etc and found something called "margin-call". I understand it, and believe it to be that once your equity is too low, the margin call occurs and the trade closes, ...
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When do I need to pay interest on my short sell position?

For example, if I deposited $3000 into the account, and I short sell $3000 worth of VXX(a non-dividend paying etf). Do I need to pay any interest on my short sell position in this case?
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Is 6% too high to trade stocks on margin?

Lets assume I understand the risk of trading on margin and that I can lose the money. My question is if 6% is too high? I do have dividend paying stocks that could almost cover the monthly interest ...
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Gold futures' margin

How is the margin for gold futures determined? Where exactly can I look to find the current margin (pls, state website)?
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Futures margin requirements, can more than the initial margin be used to open a contract

Futures margin requirements can be a low percentage in relation to the size of the futures contract. Sometimes, you are only putting down 3% or less to profit from the price appreciation/depreciate ...