Initial margin


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Initial margin

(1) Amount of money deposited by both buyers and sellers of futures contracts to ensure performance of the terms of the contract; (2) amount of cash or eligible securities required to be deposited with a broker before engaging in margin transactions.

Initial 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 initial margin requirement is kept as collateral until the brokerage calls the margin and the client pays back what is owed. FINRA requires that the initial margin requirement kept must be at least 25% of the amount borrowed, while some brokerages have initial margin requirements of up to 50%.
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They can only be traded when the exchanges are open, they require initial margins of 35 to 45 percent, and deposits must be made in dollars rather than bitcoins.
The ISDA SIMM is a common methodology for calculating initial margin requirements on noncleared derivatives, and launched in September 2016 in response to new margin rules.
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Banks would be able to adjust ISDA's system, known as the standard initial margin model, to fit their specific situation.
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Treasuries, and--for initial margin only--some agency bonds.
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The requirement of initial margin may decrease the risk that financial end users place in the system.
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The margins determine how much you can borrow to buy silver futures – the lower the initial margin, the more you can borrow.

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