Futures Trading Margin Requirements
Optimus Futures offers low day-trading margins to accommodate futures traders that require flexible leverage to trade their accounts. Day trading margins, also known as intraday margins, are typically provided as a percentage of the initial margin (E.g., 25%) or a nominal amount (E.g., $500). This is the minimum amount required to enter a position per contract during regular trading hours without carrying that position past the session’s close.
Initial Margin, also known as Overnight or Exchange Margin, is set by the exchanges and is universal for all brokers and clearing firms. This is the amount required to carry a contract past the daily close. Every trader needs to have an amount equal to the initial margin requirement in their account balance to hold a futures position past the closing time of that market.