maintenance margin requirement

Maintenance margin requirement

A sum, usually smaller than but part of the original margin, that must be maintained on deposit at all times. If a customer's equity in any futures position drops to or below, the maintenance margin level, the broker must issue a margin call for the amount at money required to restore the customer's equity in the account to the original margin level. Related: Margin, margin call.

Maintenance Margin

The money or securities an investor keeps in a margin account in order to be able to borrow from a brokerage for short sales or other purposes. The maintenance is kept as collateral until the brokerage calls the margin and the client pays back what is owed. FINRA requires that the maintenance kept must be at least 25% of the amount borrowed, while some brokerages require maintenances of up to 50%. See also: Restricted account.

maintenance margin requirement

The minimum equity in an account as a percentage of the value of the account. For example, if the maintenance requirement is 25%, the account equity (the market value of the securities minus the amount owed) must equal at least one-quarter the value of the securities in the account. The maintenance margin requirement becomes important when securities purchased on margin fall in price. Also called margin requirement, minimum maintenance. See also house maintenance requirement, initial margin requirement.
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