The Margin Requirements panel on the Home screen shows you the current margin requirements for your account, including:
- Initial Margin: The minimum amount of equity required to open a new position.
- Maintenance Margin: The amount of equity required to maintain your current positions.
- Available Funds: The amount of funds you have available for trading.
For securities, this is equal to Equity with Loan Value – Initial Margin.
For commodities, this is equal to Net Liquidation Value – Initial Margin.
- Excess Liquidity: This is your margin cushion.
For securities, this is equal to Equity with Loan Value – Maintenance Margin.
For commodities, this Net Liquidation Value – Maintenance Margin.
- Buying Power: The maximum amount of equity available to buy securities. In a Margin account, Buying Power gives you additional leverage to make trades, increasing your potential gain but also increasing your risk.
In a Cash account, Buying Power = Minimum (Equity with Loan Value, Previous Day Equity with Loan Value) – Initial Margin.
In a Margin Account, Buying Power = Minimum (Equity with Loan Value, Previous Day Equity with Loan Value) – Initial Margin *4.
- SMA: SMA (Special Memorandum Account) is a line of credit created when the market value of securities in a Margin account increases in value and maintained for the purpose of applying Federal Regulation T initial margin requirements at the end of the trading day. If the SMA balance at the end of the trading day is negative, your account is subject to liquidation.
To view this information, click Menu in the top left corner > Home > Master Margin Requirements on the right hand side
Note: For STL accounts, initial margining is determined for each individual account, while maintenance margining is determined at a consolidated account level.