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1. Non-Day Trading Margin Accounts: Non-day trading accounts are restricted to three opening transactions per day, less the number of day trades made in the preceding four trading days. For example, if you have made two day trades in the preceding four trading days, you will be permitted to place one new opening transaction (buy or sell short) on the current day. You will still be able to place as many closing transactions (sell, cover) as you would like on the current day.
2. Pattern Day Trading Margin Accounts: Based on FINRA day trading rules, any account that places four day trades in a five-trading-day period is permanently deemed to be a "pattern day trading" account. Pattern day trading accounts must maintain a minimum daily equity balance of U.S. $25,000. If the account balance falls below $25,000, trading is restricted to closing transactions only until the account balance is increased to $25,000.
3. Margin interest rates vary in accordance with the base rate and the size of the debit balance. The base rate may be adjusted at TradeStation's discretion with reference to commercially recognized interest rates, current market trends, liquidity in the marketplace, and other industry conditions, and is subject to change without prior notice.
Margin requirements are structured for a diversified portfolio. Accounts that are using margin for holding concentrated positions may be asked to make immediate changes.
Please contact us for information pertaining to TradeStation Securities margin requirements and concentration parameters.
Margin trading involves risks and it is important that you fully understand those risks before trading on margin. The FINRA Margin Disclosure Statement outlines many of those risks, including:
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