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Account & Margin Requirements

Minimum Initial Account Balance

$5,000

IRA Minimum Account Balance

$5,500

Futures Margin Rates

Description Symbol Root Initial Margin Maint. Margin Day Trading Rate
Indexes
E-MINI S&P 500 ES $5,500 $5,000 25% of initial
E-MINI MIDCAP 400 EMD $7,920 $7,200 25% of initial
MINI RUSSELL 2000 (ICE) TF $3,630 $3,300 25% of initial
E-MINI NASDAQ 100 NQ $4,290 $3,900 25% of initial
MINI DOW JONES ($5) YM $4,400 $4,000 25% of initial
NIKKEI ($ BASED) (CME) NK $4,290 $3,900 NONE
VIX VX $6,215 $5,650 NONE
EUREX
DAX FDAX €23,016 €23,016 25% of initial
MINI-DAX FDXM  €4,603 €4,603 25% of initial
DJ STOXX 50 INDEX FESX €2,470 €2,470 25% of initial
DJ STOXX 600 BANKS FSTB €1,035 €1,066 NONE
DJ STOXX 600 INDST G&S FSTG €1,991 €1,991 NONE
EURO-SCHATZ FGBS €211 €211 NONE
EURO-BOBL FGBM €1,109 €1,109 NONE
EURO-BUND FGBL €2,548 €2,548 25% of initial
EURO-OAT FOAT €2,335 €2,335 25% of initial
EURO-BUXL FGBX €6,870 €6,870 25% of initial
DJ STOXX 600 UTILITY FSTU €935 €935 25% of initial
EURONEXT LIFFE
FTSE 100 INDEX FUTURES LZ £2,353 £2,353 None
THREE MONTH EURO (EURIBOR) INTEREST RATE FUTURES LT2 €300 €300 None
THREE MONTH STERLING (SHORT STERLING) INTEREST RATE FUTURES LL £285 £285 None
THREE MONTH EURO SWISS FRANC INTEREST RATE FUTURES LF2 CHF 825 CHF 825 None
LONG GILT FUTURES LJ £2,100 £2,100 None
MEDIUM GILT FUTURES H £1,050 £1,050 None
SHORT GILT FUTURES G £640 £640 None
LONDON COCOA FUTURES CC3 £940 £940 None
LONDON ROBUSTA COFFEE FUTURES RC $840 $840 None
CURRENCIES (CME)
AUSTRALIAN DLR. AD $1,650 $1,500 50% of initial
BRITISH POUND BP $2,640 $2,400 50% of initial
CANADIAN DLR. CD $1,320 $1,200 50% of initial
EURO CURRENCY EC $3,025 $2,750 50% of initial
JAPANESE YEN JY $3,630 $3,300 50% of initial
MEXICAN PESO MP1 $1,925 $1,750 50% of initial
NEW ZEALAND DLR. NE1 $1,540 $1,400 50% of initial
SWISS FRANC SF $3,630 $3,300 50% of initial
DOLLAR INDEX (ICE) DX $1,980 $1,800 50% of initial
MINI EURO E7 $1,512 $1,375 50% of initial
MINI YEN J7 $1,815 $1,650 50% of initial
E-MICRO AUD/USD M6A $165 $150 NONE
E-MICRO GBP/USD M6B $264 $240 NONE
E-MICRO EUR/USD M6E $303 $275 NONE
INTEREST RATES (CBOT)
30-YR T-BOND US $4,840 $4,400 50% of initial
Ultra 30-YR T-BOND UB $5,610 $5,100 50% of initial
10-YR T-NOTE TY $1,595 $1,450 50% of initial
Ultra 10-YR NOTE TEN $2,420 $2,200 50% of initial
5-YR T-NOTE FV $935 $850 50% of initial
2-YR T-NOTE TU $605 $550 50% of initial
EURODOLLAR (CME) ED $275 $250 NONE
METALS
GOLD (COMEX) GC $4,620 $4,200 50% of initial
SILVER (COMEX) SI $5,500 $5,000 50% of initial
COPPER (COMEX) HG $3,025 $2,750 50% of initial
PALLADIUM (NYMEX) PA $4,400 $4,000 50% of initial
PLATINUM (NYMEX) PL $2,090 $1,900 50% of initial
MICRO GOLD (COMEX) MGC $462 $420 NONE 
MINI GOLD (ICE) YG $1,557 $1,415 50% of initial
MINI SILVER (ICE) YI $1,540 $1,400 50% of initial
ENERGIES (NYMEX)
CRUDE OIL CL $2,970 $2,700 50% of initial
NATURAL GAS NG $2,200 $2,000 50% of initial
HEATING OIL HO $3,685 $3,350 50% of initial
RBOB GASOLINE RB $4,675 $4,250 50% of initial
BRENT CRUDE OIL  BRN $4,070 $3,700 50% of initial 
E-MINY CRUDE OIL QM $1,485 $1,350 50% of initial
E-MINY NATURAL GAS QN $550 $500 NONE
E-MINY HEATING OIL QH $1,843 $1,675 NONE
E-MINY RBOB GASOLINE QU $2,338 $2,125 NONE
AGRICULTURE (CBOT)
WHEAT W $1,100 $1,000 NONE
HARD RD WINTER WHEAT KW $1,155 $1,050 NONE
CORN C $825 $750 NONE
OATS O $688 $625 NONE
SOYBEANS S $2,310 $2,100 NONE
SOYBEAN OIL BO $1,045 $950 NONE
SOYBEAN MEAL SM $1,980 $1,800 NONE
ROUGH RICE RR $908 $825 NONE
MILK (CME) DA $660 $600 NONE
BUTTER (CME) CB $1,430 $1,300 NONE
MINI WHEAT YW $220 $200 NONE
MINI CORN YC $165 $150 NONE
MINI SOYBEANS YK $462 $420 NONE
MEATS (CME)
LEAN HOGS LH $1,320 $1,200 NONE
LIVE CATTLE LC $1,705 $1,550 NONE
FEEDER CATTLE FC $3,300 $3,000 NONE
SOFTS (ICE)
COFFEE KC $2,970 $2,700 NONE
COTTON CT $1,650 $1,500 NONE
FROZEN OJ OJ $2,145 $1,950 NONE
COCOA CC $1,595 $1,450 NONE
SUGAR #11 SB $1,232 $1,120 NONE
OTHER
LUMBER (CME) LB $1,595 $1,450 NONE

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Additional Notes for Clients Using the Reduced Intraday Margin Rate:

 

The day trade rate is valid from 8:00 am until 4:15 pm ET Monday thru Friday, for U.S. markets. For Eurex markets, day trade rate is valid from 3:00 am ET until session close Monday thru Friday. A stop order is required at all times risking no more than half of the day trade rate. Example: E-mini S&P initial margin is $5,225. The day trade rate would be one quarter, $1,307. A stop risking no more than half (in dollar terms) would risk approximately $654. This equates to about 13 points, or 13 dollars in the ES index, and that would be the maximum stop allowed. Clients must be above initial overnight margin or out of their positions before the day trade rate ends. Please consult the trade desk for additional details.

Information furnished is taken from sources TradeStation believes are accurate. TradeStation is not responsible for any errors or omissions. To confirm any item in this schedule, please call the trade desk.

All margin calls must be met on the same day your account incurs the margin call. Margins are subject to change and/or revision at any time without prior notice. Please consult the trade desk about your account status, to request the most current rate, or for any additional questions you might have regarding margin.

SPAN margins may be applied. SPAN margins may vary slightly from the published rate.

By trading on margin (sometimes also referred to as "leveraging" or "gearing") in your futures account, you acknowledge and agree that TradeStation may, in its sole discretion, and without prior notice to you, and at any time, impose a margin call and liquidate your account, in whole or part, to meet such margin call and otherwise satisfy or offset any debit item or debit balance, or decrease or eliminate leveraging, in your account. You further acknowledge and agree that TradeStation may, in its sole discretion, and without notice to you, liquidate any delivery month contract in your account to prevent or minimize the risk of delivery, and that such liquidation may occur five or more days, depending on the contract and TradeStation's subjective evaluation of risk, prior to the delivery date.