Futures Trading Margin Requirements
Optimus offers low day-trading margins to accommodate traders that require high leverage to trade their accounts. Intraday margin, or day trading margins, are determined by our clearing firms at their discretion. It is based upon many factors including market volatility, open interest, customer credit profile and the level of funding in the specific customer's account.
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Maintenance / Overnight Margin is set by the exchange and is universal for all brokers. This is the amount required to carry a contract past the daily close.
Day Trading Margin is the amount required to enter into a position per contract on an intraday basis. These margins are in effect anytime the market is open, except the last 5 minutes of each trading session. Optimus requests that you either flatten open positions or meet the exchange required initial margin during this time period. For specific markets and hours please click here.
Optimus Futures, LLC and/or Clearing FCMs maintains the right to liquidate any position at any time if a margin call and/or deficit occurs. The customer would be responsible for any deficit that occurs as a result of liquidations. We will make our best efforts to contact customers to address margin call depending on the severity of the call.
Optimus provides margins based on percentage of the maintenance margin (Eg. 20%) or a Nominal amount (Eg. $500).
What is your margin policy?
Futures contracts are very leveraged already, and over leveraging could lead to a loss for a beginner traders faster than anticipated. Trading is about managing risk, not working yourself up over a reward. We believe that by educating our customer about risk, we can maintain customers for the long term, and not get into the habit of “replenishing” your account every few years.
While we believe that most customers are responsible and will choose a reasonable number of contracts to trade with their capital, the difficulty of the markets could still drive one to add contracts to losing positions, reverse too often and skip some elements of basic risk management. Even the best of traders can at times make the mistakes of an amateur trader. Granting you lower margins and high leverage could increase your risk and cause substantial unnecessary losses due to over gearing. Being a little more prudent about your trading choices could help you develop long term discipline.