NYSE maintenance margin excess
The minimum amount of equity that must be maintained in a margin account. In the context of the NYSE and NASD, after an investor has bought securities on margin, the minimum required level of margin is 25% of the total market value of the securities in the margin account. Keep in mind that this level is a minimum, and many brokerages have higher maintenance requirements of 30-40%.
Also referred to as "minimum maintenance" or "maintenance requirement".
As governed by the Federal Reserve's Regulation T, when a trader buys on margin, key levels must be maintained throughout the life of the trade. First off, a broker cannot extend any credit to accounts with less than $2, 000 in cash (or securities). Second, the initial margin of 50% is required for a trade to be entered. Finally, the maintenance margin says that an equity level of at least 25% must be maintained. The investor will be hit with a margin call if the value of securities falls below the maintenance margin.
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What are the requirements to open a margin account with a stock broker like ameritrade or scottrade?
If Im a student with a income of only a couple thousand a year is it still possible to get a margin account or will I be denied?
"What is the minimum amount required for opening an account?
Generally, $1,000 equity is required to open an IRA, and $2,000 equity is required to open any non-IRA. Your minimum initial deposit is based on the account type you have selected and may be modified by special promotional offers. Regardless of any promotional offer, a $2,000 minimum deposit is required to be considered for margin and options privileges."
That's per ameritrade's policy.
Now, I invest mainly at Edward Jones, and they're a little more flexible. I would recommend going to a local EJ broker. The meeting is free…