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Account & Margin Requirements

Pattern Day Trading Accounts

$30,000

 

Pattern Day Trading 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.

Non-Day Trading Accounts

$5,000

 

Non-Day Trading Accounts: Non-day trading accounts (an account that has never placed four day trades in a five-trading-day period) must maintain a minimum daily equity balance of at least $5,000. 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. Based on FINRA day trading rules, an account that places four day trades in any five-day period will be deemed to be a "pattern day trading" account permanently. See pattern day trading account requirements above.

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 Rates

Less than
$25,000
$25,000 -
$49,999
$50,000 -
$249,999
$250,000 -
$999,999
$1,000,000 -
$9,999,999
$10,000,000
and above
8.50% 8.25% 7.75% 7.25% 6.75% 6.25%

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Important Notes:

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:

  • You can lose more funds than you deposit in your margin account.
  • Your brokerage firm can force the sale of securities in your account.
  • Your brokerage firm can sell your securities without contacting you.
  • You are not entitled to an extension of time on a margin call.