Futures Trading
Margin Requirements

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The margins listed on this page are for informational purposes only and are subject to change at any time without notice. Initial and Maintenance Margin requirements are set by the respective exchanges and fluctuate daily. Please refer to the exchange websites for the most current product information.

Margins FAQ

What Are Day Trading Margins?

Day trading margin is the minimum amount required to enter a position per contract during regular trading hours without carrying that position past the session’s close. They are typically provided as a percentage of the initial margin (E.g., 25%) or a nominal amount (E.g., $500).

What is Overnight Margin?

Overnight Margin, also known as Initial 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. For overnight margin rates, please visit the exchanges’ websites listed on our Exchange Access Page.

What Are Maintenance Margins?

Once a trader meets the initial margin requirement, they are required to maintain the maintenance margin level until the position is closed. The maintenance margin is the minimum amount a trader is required to have in their account and is usually slightly below the initial margin. If the balance in the account falls below the maintenance margin level, they will receive a margin call to replenish the account balance to meet the initial margin requirement.

What is a Margin Call?

If your account is on margin call, it means that the margin requirement on your current positions is greater than your account balance. To get off a margin call, you will need to liquidate enough of your positions so that the margin requirement is below your account balance. If you do not have enough funds in your account before the day session closes, you may be liquidated. Margin call and liquidation fees may apply. For any further questions, contact us at support@optimusfutures.com.

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Optimus Futures, LLC and/or our Clearing FCMs maintain the right to liquidate any position if a margin call and/or deficit occurs. The customer would be responsible for any deficit that occurs as a result of liquidations. Due to increased risk, accounts that are subject to margin calls may experience higher commissions. Specific day trading margins from select FCMs well below average rates may subject you to much higher fees than provided above. Contracts with relatively low liquidity may subject you to additional fees.

Day trading margins may allow you to hold many contracts that surpass your risk tolerance and expose you to deficit risk. In other words, you may lose more funds than your initial deposit.

The margin rates above were drawn from sources believed to be reliable. Although it is believed that the information provided is accurate, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of this data. Optimus Futures assumes no responsibility for any errors or omissions. For current margin rates, please contact us or visit the exchanges’ Websites listed on our Exchange Access Page. Day Trading Margins may differ according to your clearing firm. The margins displayed above are effective for traders cleared by Ironbeam. Not all clients qualify for margin rates above. Specific platforms and datafeeds are required. Please consult your broker to confirm the current margins for your account at our other clearing firms.

Day Trade Margins are offered to most clients and are available during any open session as long as a $100 balance is maintained for those trading Micros and $500 for those trading Standard contracts. If you fall below these levels, you may be liquidated. Day Trading margins may be subject to change at the discretion of the broker or its affiliated FCM, depending on market conditions.

Max Positions Disclaimer: Our day trading margins are blocked at certain limits. Please inquire if you wish to hold over 20 Mini / Regular or 200 Micro contracts.

Futures and options trading involves a substantial risk of loss and is not suitable for all investors. Clients may lose more than their initial investment. Past performance is not indicative of future results.