Margin Trading, how does it works? Guide + Risks Involved

Day Trading Margin Call Issue (WeBull)

Yesterday before close, I liquidated all positions and had a balance of $64,xxx. Last night, during after hours, I purchased shares of a stock to hold over night. I was not prompted that I was using Day Trade Buying Power, and had sufficient Overnight Buying Power to satisfy the purchase. This morning, I received a day trade margin call in the amount of the purchase. My questions are: 1) I currently have unsettled funds from trades, when those settle will that satisfy the margin call (assuming I make no other trades)? 2) Why did I not get a prompt that I was using Day Trade Buying Power? 3)Why did it use day trade buying power instead of overnight buying power?
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Day trade margin call mess up.

So here's my story. I f-ed up a while back and was put in a day trade margin call (less than $25,000 + 4 day trades) on my margin account.
Today while trying to sell my 12 shares of TA I made a typo and wrote 13, selling 12 and short selling one. Panicking and not thinking I bought to cover―technically making another day trade―and locking me out of buying stock for 90 days.
My question is, would I be allowed to move my funds from my margin account to my non-margin account and forget about this?
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Day Trade Margin Call Issue

Yesterday before close, I liquidated all positions and had a balance of $64,xxx. Last night, during after hours, I purchased shares of a stock to hold over night. I was not prompted that I was using Day Trade Buying Power, and had sufficient Overnight Buying Power to satisfy the purchase. This morning, I received a day trade margin call in the amount of the purchase. My questions are: 1) I currently have unsettled funds from trades, when those settle will that satisfy the margin call (assuming I make no other trades)? 2) Why did I not get a prompt that I was using Day Trade Buying Power? 3)Why did it use day trade buying power instead of overnight buying power?
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Day trade margin call?

How do people day trade stocks / options without running into this limit? My broker (optionshouse) shut me down so I can only liquidate.
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Do Options affect account balance differently?

I got a Day Trading Margin Call, but I'm well within the margin requirements. the only thing I've done differently recently is trade a larger volume of options. I am on a margin account, not a cash account. Do options affect your account status in a margin account than regular common shares do?
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Having trouble understanding buying power in a PDT margin account...?

So, right now I trade options over a few days/weeks/months in a larger margin account, in a not PDT account.
Also have a cash account with about $10k in it I've been using to day trade and test things. It's been going well. But as I trade options, its simple -- I use up the $10k with each round trip over about 10x $1k trades, stop, and resets overnight. (I typically only hold one position at a time, and never hold overnight. I don't really want to use margin for leverage other than being able to trade more often vs larger amounts.)
So, my next step was to move more money into a margin account with that broker. So, lets say I move over $35k into a margin account, only used for day trading.
If I buy->sell, buy->sell, etc options... how much can I round-trip in total per day?
Reading stuff like ...leaves me a bit confused.
So from that, Margin Buying Power = $35k - $25k min maintenance margin = $10k x 4* = $40k (*or whatever the broker decides below that)
So, that $40k example of buying power. For example if I buy a set option contracts for $10k, and sell break-even at $10k in trade #1 for the day. How often can I repeat this round-trip on the same day without getting a day trading margin call? (I'm not sure if the limit is "4 times, so <=$40k purchased total" or "unlimited times, as long as the total bought outstanding at once isn't over $40k".)
Sorry if this is a dumb question or already answered many times over...just the more I read, the more unsure I'm becoming. Thank you! :)
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They have balls

They have balls bro. Closed all my positions and now they tell me I have a Day Trade Margin Call, when we couldn’t anything for 2 days!!!
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I intentionally triggered the Day trading pattern margin call so I can take a break from trading!

Edit: Thanks for the feedback. I guess I have addiction to gambling. Time to reflect and try something else. Been trading since 2001 with no positive year. I’ve never made a position return not a single year. I am done.
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The "Liquid Metal" iPhone story has only exploded bigger over the weekend. This should be an interesting Monday for LQMT and AAPL, especially with Apple's earnings coming out Tuesday. Also, because I got tired of being called a troll...

More facts learned during the weekend research:
So, I'm not saying that LQMT is invincible, but it damn sure is not the dismal penny stock is was a month ago with no hopes.
And I'm damned sure I didn't let the butt-hurts and the haters here convince me not to put 100% of my capital in it Friday morning/afternoon.
Also, I got tired of being called a troll, so to show everyone that I am in fact, a legit person, I screen-capped my account and recent trading history (with certain details censored that I feel would give away a little too much personal information). You'll see that I have told no lies here, and mean what I say.
(edit: I sold my positions at a certain point, and then rebought in at a lower point. At this point I am stuck here at least until tomorrow if I don't want a day trading margin call, so I'm in it for a bit. I will update within 48 hours of my situation, probably with another screen-cap unless I embarass myself too badly)
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Why is day trading only unlimited to cash accounts? Can you still be marked as PDT?

I am having trouble grasping the PDT concept (noobie here). I understand that RH allows you unlimited day trading with cash accounts and 3 trades in a 5 days period for margin accounts.
Why is it that cash accounts are allowed unlimited day trades?
Is it against federal requirements for me to day trade even with a cash account under 25k? (See quote and article below) Is this because of the margin?
"If you exceed your day-trading buying power limitations, your brokerage firm will issue a day-trading margin call to you. You will have, at most, five business days to deposit funds to meet this day-trading margin call. Until the margin call is met, your day-trading account will be restricted to day-trading buying power of only two times maintenance margin excess based on your daily total trading commitment. If the day-trading margin call is not met by the fifth business day, the account will be further restricted to trading only on a cash available basis for 90 days or until the call is met."
Thanks everyone!
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If I buy a call at a 100 strike but dont have any day trades left... could I just sell a call at 105 and basically open a spread to kind of guarantee some gains? Or would the call I am selling need to be on margin?

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Webull Margin Call for Day Trade?

I just switched my Webull account from cash to margin and went to purchase a stock, and it's telling me that I have X amount of buying power for overnight trading, and Y amount for day trades.
When I went to do an overnight buy (not day trading during post market hours), the app tells me that the purchase needs to be an overnight, or I will be margin called in the morning. Why would it matter if I am doing a day trade or overnight trade if I have 3 trades still available?
-the name says Jesus, just call me Jeff
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when Robinhood goes down the same time as when your FDs are expiring

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[Helene Meisler] @Convertbond @sharkbiotech I had customer who got margin called for 3-4 days in thinly traded stock. Sold IBM to cover margin.

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Does anyone here actually make money?

Please post. Actual consistent track record over at least 1+ years. Not I bought WXYZ calls last week and I'm up 300%.
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Wheeling with 1 Million+ account.

I was wondering if anybody here has been running the wheel on a 7 figure account or a little bit less. Are you guys trading a different strategy or simply expand on the classic .30 delta 30-45 DTE.
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Risk takers

Lately there’s been a surge of posts about selling CSPs on premium rich stocks like SPCE or TSLA. Now while the premium is nice and the ROI can generate a decent Annualized return we have to consider the following
  1. Black swans, no one ever thinks about these until they happen. Whether it takes a month, a year, no one ever focused on them until it’s too late and you’re wiped clean
  2. You should have a decent cash position as a seller too. If 80-90% of your capital is held up in option selling you’re too aggressive and something is likely to come by one day and wipe you out. 30% cash is the nice middle balance between conservative and aggressive
  3. These returns will not stay the same, premium is still fairly rich right now, but anyone calculating annual ROI on 1-2 months of data is using a small and biased sample.
  4. Many people sell CSPs because of their intention to buy the stock, neglecting the fact that
    a. They’ll take away a lot of capital if that happens
    b. If a stock drops that much then it will either take away your time by holding while it comes up (selling CC on the way up caps your profit, which isn’t great during future low IV/low premium environment on such volatile stocks) or lose your money if it drops more
    c. there are ways to just completely avoid buying the stock too (rolling for example) that can make you more
  5. Know a little bit about the company you’re rolling. I can bet for a fact many people wheeling these risky companies can’t tell me anything about their future prospect, fundamentals, maybe they did a little TA, idk. The point is if you’re wheeling then you hold the risk of having to own a stock for some time and if you don’t know Jack about the company then why would you want stock in it.
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Thanks, random $SPY calls person! I owe you a beer.

So here I was, earning maybe 10~15% every two days on SPY spreads, thinking I was making a smart play when I read a random comment that said something to the effect of:
I noticed that SPY tends to earn about $10 per month, so I buy a +$10 call for SPY a month out and sell when it hits 1K. I've made 3K the last three weeks.
So I tried it out, more cautiously, by buying a +$5 call a month out to be conservative. And I've already gained $300 (%80%) in two days, and switched all my spreads to these. Whoever you are, thank you, and I'll venmo you a pizza if I ever find you :-D
EDIT: Just so that people understand something here - not only does this position have a higher margin of profitability for less overall risk than my original positions (already a huge plus), it also means that the SPY downturn that occurred today (ironically right after I wrote this) didn't hurt my investment much at all, whereas my original investments in SPY would been in heavy negatives right now.
EDIT 2: I do actually sleep, so if I stop responding, I'll do my best to answer any questions when I next see them :-D For everyone who appreciated this post, happy to help :-D and feel free to DM. I'm also trying to start writing articles for newbie traders since a lot of people seem to be elitist and rude in the trading subs.
Edit 3: So to make sure people understand what I meant, when I say +$5 call, I mean a call with a strike price five dollars above what the current price is. When I say +$10 call, I mean a call with a strike price ten dollars above what the current price is.
FINAL EDIT : So two things - If I didn't answer a question, please just PM me. I've answered at least two hundred or more between PMs and this thread, and I may have mistakenly thought I answered you and I didn't. If so, my bad, and PM me and I'll answer you as I can (day job notwithstanding). Second thing, if you liked my writing or my answers and want to read more, feel free to hit my Medium blog ( I'm starting a blog for beginner investors since so many people were rude, dismissive or obnoxious when I was first starting out, and I wanted there to be a spot where that wouldn't happen. New post up just today!
Final Edit 2: The Return :: Sorry, one last update, just so that people following don't need to scroll down to find out the status of this play -
1x SPY 9/28 350C - the +$5 play that started it all - +$307 overall profit as of 8/28/2020, was +$322 at close yesterday, went down ~2.3% today, 93% overall
3x SPY 9/28 360C - the play that this post recommends - -$12 overall profit as of 8/28/2020, was even at close Friday, went down ~2% today, 0% overall.
2x SPY 9/30 370C - bullish test just to see what happens - +$68 overall profit as of 8/28/2020, was +$66 at close yesterday, up ~1% today, 66% overall
Today was a very strange day - it kept going up and down and up and down all day, and then, right as I thought it was finally going to do what it has historically done every FridayMonday, with 10 minutes to market end, it actually fell drastically. That said, I fully expect tomorrow to rise back up again, with a nice opening bump to erase that weirdness at 3:50~4PM today. We'll see. Good luck to everyone watching!
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Thoughts On Using Levereged Borrowing?

I've never really paid much attention to it, but my Schwab account lets me trade up to $40,000+ ontop of my current cash balance. I believe it's based off a percentage of my total portfolio.
I don't currently have much cash available but I want to hop on this Tesla train before it splits, thoughts on going all in on the $40,000 of borrowed funds??
It's better interest rate than my credit cards if I fail, ha!
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Former investment bank FX trader: some thoughts

Former investment bank FX trader: some thoughts
Hi guys,
I have been using reddit for years in my personal life (not trading!) and wanted to give something back in an area where i am an expert.
I worked at an investment bank for seven years and joined them as a graduate FX trader so have lots of professional experience, by which i mean I was trained and paid by a big institution to trade on their behalf. This is very different to being a full-time home trader, although that is not to discredit those guys, who can accumulate a good amount of experience/wisdom through self learning.
When I get time I'm going to write a mid-length posts on each topic for you guys along the lines of how i was trained. I guess there would be 15-20 topics in total so about 50-60 posts. Feel free to comment or ask questions.
The first topic is Risk Management and we'll cover it in three parts
Part I
  • Why it matters
  • Position sizing
  • Kelly
  • Using stops sensibly
  • Picking a clear level

Why it matters

The first rule of making money through trading is to ensure you do not lose money. Look at any serious hedge fund’s website and they’ll talk about their first priority being “preservation of investor capital.”
You have to keep it before you grow it.
Strangely, if you look at retail trading websites, for every one article on risk management there are probably fifty on trade selection. This is completely the wrong way around.
The great news is that this stuff is pretty simple and process-driven. Anyone can learn and follow best practices.
Seriously, avoiding mistakes is one of the most important things: there's not some holy grail system for finding winning trades, rather a routine and fairly boring set of processes that ensure that you are profitable, despite having plenty of losing trades alongside the winners.

Capital and position sizing

The first thing you have to know is how much capital you are working with. Let’s say you have $100,000 deposited. This is your maximum trading capital. Your trading capital is not the leveraged amount. It is the amount of money you have deposited and can withdraw or lose.
Position sizing is what ensures that a losing streak does not take you out of the market.
A rule of thumb is that one should risk no more than 2% of one’s account balance on an individual trade and no more than 8% of one’s account balance on a specific theme. We’ll look at why that’s a rule of thumb later. For now let’s just accept those numbers and look at examples.
So we have $100,000 in our account. And we wish to buy EURUSD. We should therefore not be risking more than 2% which $2,000.
We look at a technical chart and decide to leave a stop below the monthly low, which is 55 pips below market. We’ll come back to this in a bit. So what should our position size be?
We go to the calculator page, select Position Size and enter our details. There are many such calculators online - just google "Pip calculator".
So the appropriate size is a buy position of 363,636 EURUSD. If it reaches our stop level we know we’ll lose precisely $2,000 or 2% of our capital.
You should be using this calculator (or something similar) on every single trade so that you know your risk.
Now imagine that we have similar bets on EURJPY and EURGBP, which have also broken above moving averages. Clearly this EUR-momentum is a theme. If it works all three bets are likely to pay off. But if it goes wrong we are likely to lose on all three at once. We are going to look at this concept of correlation in more detail later.
The total amount of risk in our portfolio - if all of the trades on this EUR-momentum theme were to hit their stops - should not exceed $8,000 or 8% of total capital. This allows us to go big on themes we like without going bust when the theme does not work.
As we’ll see later, many traders only win on 40-60% of trades. So you have to accept losing trades will be common and ensure you size trades so they cannot ruin you.
Similarly, like poker players, we should risk more on trades we feel confident about and less on trades that seem less compelling. However, this should always be subject to overall position sizing constraints.
For example before you put on each trade you might rate the strength of your conviction in the trade and allocate a position size accordingly:
To keep yourself disciplined you should try to ensure that no more than one in twenty trades are graded exceptional and allocated 5% of account balance risk. It really should be a rare moment when all the stars align for you.
Notice that the nice thing about dealing in percentages is that it scales. Say you start out with $100,000 but end the year up 50% at $150,000. Now a 1% bet will risk $1,500 rather than $1,000. That makes sense as your capital has grown.
It is extremely common for retail accounts to blow-up by making only 4-5 losing trades because they are leveraged at 50:1 and have taken on far too large a position, relative to their account balance.
Consider that GBPUSD tends to move 1% each day. If you have an account balance of $10k then it would be crazy to take a position of $500k (50:1 leveraged). A 1% move on $500k is $5k.
Two perfectly regular down days in a row — or a single day’s move of 2% — and you will receive a margin call from the broker, have the account closed out, and have lost all your money.
Do not let this happen to you. Use position sizing discipline to protect yourself.

Kelly Criterion

If you’re wondering - why “about 2%” per trade? - that’s a fair question. Why not 0.5% or 10% or any other number?
The Kelly Criterion is a formula that was adapted for use in casinos. If you know the odds of winning and the expected pay-off, it tells you how much you should bet in each round.
This is harder than it sounds. Let’s say you could bet on a weighted coin flip, where it lands on heads 60% of the time and tails 40% of the time. The payout is $2 per $1 bet.
Well, absolutely you should bet. The odds are in your favour. But if you have, say, $100 it is less obvious how much you should bet to avoid ruin.
Say you bet $50, the odds that it could land on tails twice in a row are 16%. You could easily be out after the first two flips.
Equally, betting $1 is not going to maximise your advantage. The odds are 60/40 in your favour so only betting $1 is likely too conservative. The Kelly Criterion is a formula that produces the long-run optimal bet size, given the odds.
Applying the formula to forex trading looks like this:
Position size % = Winning trade % - ( (1- Winning trade %) / Risk-reward ratio
If you have recorded hundreds of trades in your journal - see next chapter - you can calculate what this outputs for you specifically.
If you don't have hundreds of trades then let’s assume some realistic defaults of Winning trade % being 30% and Risk-reward ratio being 3. The 3 implies your TP is 3x the distance of your stop from entry e.g. 300 pips take profit and 100 pips stop loss.
So that’s 0.3 - (1 - 0.3) / 3 = 6.6%.
Hold on a second. 6.6% of your account probably feels like a LOT to risk per trade.This is the main observation people have on Kelly: whilst it may optimise the long-run results it doesn’t take into account the pain of drawdowns. It is better thought of as the rational maximum limit. You needn’t go right up to the limit!
With a 30% winning trade ratio, the odds of you losing on four trades in a row is nearly one in four. That would result in a drawdown of nearly a quarter of your starting account balance. Could you really stomach that and put on the fifth trade, cool as ice? Most of us could not.
Accordingly people tend to reduce the bet size. For example, let’s say you know you would feel emotionally affected by losing 25% of your account.
Well, the simplest way is to divide the Kelly output by four. You have effectively hidden 75% of your account balance from Kelly and it is now optimised to avoid a total wipeout of just the 25% it can see.
This gives 6.6% / 4 = 1.65%. Of course different trading approaches and different risk appetites will provide different optimal bet sizes but as a rule of thumb something between 1-2% is appropriate for the style and risk appetite of most retail traders.
Incidentally be very wary of systems or traders who claim high winning trade % like 80%. Invariably these don’t pass a basic sense-check:
  • How many live trades have you done? Often they’ll have done only a handful of real trades and the rest are simulated backtests, which are overfitted. The model will soon die.
  • What is your risk-reward ratio on each trade? If you have a take profit $3 away and a stop loss $100 away, of course most trades will be winners. You will not be making money, however! In general most traders should trade smaller position sizes and less frequently than they do. If you are going to bias one way or the other, far better to start off too small.

How to use stop losses sensibly

Stop losses have a bad reputation amongst the retail community but are absolutely essential to risk management. No serious discretionary trader can operate without them.
A stop loss is a resting order, left with the broker, to automatically close your position if it reaches a certain price. For a recap on the various order types visit this chapter.
The valid concern with stop losses is that disreputable brokers look for a concentration of stops and then, when the market is close, whipsaw the price through the stop levels so that the clients ‘stop out’ and sell to the broker at a low rate before the market naturally comes back higher. This is referred to as ‘stop hunting’.
This would be extremely immoral behaviour and the way to guard against it is to use a highly reputable top-tier broker in a well regulated region such as the UK.
Why are stop losses so important? Well, there is no other way to manage risk with certainty.
You should always have a pre-determined stop loss before you put on a trade. Not having one is a recipe for disaster: you will find yourself emotionally attached to the trade as it goes against you and it will be extremely hard to cut the loss. This is a well known behavioural bias that we’ll explore in a later chapter.
Learning to take a loss and move on rationally is a key lesson for new traders.
A common mistake is to think of the market as a personal nemesis. The market, of course, is totally impersonal; it doesn’t care whether you make money or not.
Bruce Kovner, founder of the hedge fund Caxton Associates
There is an old saying amongst bank traders which is “losers average losers”.
It is tempting, having bought EURUSD and seeing it go lower, to buy more. Your average price will improve if you keep buying as it goes lower. If it was cheap before it must be a bargain now, right? Wrong.
Where does that end? Always have a pre-determined cut-off point which limits your risk. A level where you know the reason for the trade was proved ‘wrong’ ... and stick to it strictly. If you trade using discretion, use stops.

Picking a clear level

Where you leave your stop loss is key.
Typically traders will leave them at big technical levels such as recent highs or lows. For example if EURUSD is trading at 1.1250 and the recent month’s low is 1.1205 then leaving it just below at 1.1200 seems sensible.

If you were going long, just below the double bottom support zone seems like a sensible area to leave a stop
You want to give it a bit of breathing room as we know support zones often get challenged before the price rallies. This is because lots of traders identify the same zones. You won’t be the only one selling around 1.1200.
The “weak hands” who leave their sell stop order at exactly the level are likely to get taken out as the market tests the support. Those who leave it ten or fifteen pips below the level have more breathing room and will survive a quick test of the level before a resumed run-up.
Your timeframe and trading style clearly play a part. Here’s a candlestick chart (one candle is one day) for GBPUSD.
If you are putting on a trend-following trade you expect to hold for weeks then you need to have a stop loss that can withstand the daily noise. Look at the downtrend on the chart. There were plenty of days in which the price rallied 60 pips or more during the wider downtrend.
So having a really tight stop of, say, 25 pips that gets chopped up in noisy short-term moves is not going to work for this kind of trade. You need to use a wider stop and take a smaller position size, determined by the stop level.
There are several tools you can use to help you estimate what is a safe distance and we’ll look at those in the next section.
There are of course exceptions. For example, if you are doing range-break style trading you might have a really tight stop, set just below the previous range high.
Clearly then where you set stops will depend on your trading style as well as your holding horizons and the volatility of each instrument.
Here are some guidelines that can help:
  1. Use technical analysis to pick important levels (support, resistance, previous high/lows, moving averages etc.) as these provide clear exit and entry points on a trade.
  2. Ensure that the stop gives your trade enough room to breathe and reflects your timeframe and typical volatility of each pair. See next section.
  3. Always pick your stop level first. Then use a calculator to determine the appropriate lot size for the position, based on the % of your account balance you wish to risk on the trade.
So far we have talked about price-based stops. There is another sort which is more of a fundamental stop, used alongside - not instead of - price stops. If either breaks you’re out.
For example if you stop understanding why a product is going up or down and your fundamental thesis has been confirmed wrong, get out. For example, if you are long because you think the central bank is turning hawkish and AUDUSD is going to play catch up with rates … then you hear dovish noises from the central bank and the bond yields retrace lower and back in line with the currency - close your AUDUSD position. You already know your thesis was wrong. No need to give away more money to the market.

Coming up in part II

EDIT: part II here
Letting stops breathe
When to change a stop
Entering and exiting winning positions
Risk:reward ratios
Risk-adjusted returns

Coming up in part III

Squeezes and other risks
Market positioning
Bet correlation
Crap trades, timeouts and monthly limits

Disclaimer:This content is not investment advice and you should not place any reliance on it. The views expressed are the author's own and should not be attributed to any other person, including their employer.
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Margin trading is a strategy that allows you to manage larger positions than your finances can allow. Use it with caution, as it also carries many risks! Offices Profits (last week): US$ 667,128.24 • US$ 354,467.3• US$ 339,312.25 • US$ 301,317.04 • US$ 235,851.89 – Start your Trading Office with just $500 Until a margin call is met, the day-trading account’s buying power is restricted to traditional margin requirements, which allows the day trader to leverage equity only two times. For example, if a day trader has $50,000 of equity but the account is restricted due to exceeding buying-power constraints, the day-trading buying power is only The pattern day trader will then have, at most, five business days to deposit funds to meet this day-trading margin call. Until the margin call is met, the day-trading account will be restricted to day-trading buying power of only two times maintenance margin excess based on the customer's daily total trading commitment. A margin call is when a trader is told that their brokerage balance has dropped below the minimum equity amounts mandated by margin requirements.Traders who experience a margin call must quickly deposit additional cash or securities into their account, or else the brokerage may begin liquidating the trader's positions to cover margin requirements. Day trading on margin – using borrowed money to leverage one’s trading results – is a speculative practice that can be dangerous. Margin trading is not for novice traders, who have yet to establish effective strategies and risk management practices. Margin trading works to amplify gains and losses.

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