Australia Stocks Margin Requirements
The information in this document forms part of the Interactive Brokers Australia Margin Lending Facility Product Disclosure Statement.
As a resident of Australia trading stocks in Australia you are subjected to Risk-based margin.
The complete margin requirement details are listed in the section below.
Risk Margin Overview
What is risk based margining?
A risk based margin system evaluates your portfolio to set your margin requirements. The risk valuations of your positions are created using simulated market movements that anticipate possible outcomes. As a result, a more accurate margin model is created, allowing the investor to increase their leverage.
How are correlated risks offset?
Within a group of positions with the same underlying, 100% of the gain at any one valuation point is allowed to offset another positions loss at the same valuation point.
Example: An account holds a long stock position in stock ABC and a long put option contract in ABC. If a theoretical worst case scenario causes the underlying asset to drop 15%, then the loss that on the long stock position would be offset by the gain on the long put position.
What are my eligibility requirements?
Eligibility requirements vary according to the investor's personal information, region, and exchange.
What positions are eligible?
All positions in margin equity securities (including foreign equity securities and options on foreign equity securities, listed options on an equity security or index of equity securities, security futures products, unlisted derivatives on an equity security or index of equity securities, warrants on an equity security or index of equity securities, broad-based index futures, and options on broad-based index futures.
Additional Australia Margin Requirements for
Residents of Australia
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- For Leveraged ETFs, Minimum(50% * Leverage Factor, 100%)
- All Margin accounts must have a minimum of USD 2,000 to trade.
- Margin requirements quoted in US dollars may also be satisfied with a Non-US Dollar equivalent.
- We have additional algorithms which increase the nominal margin for positions that represent a > 1% holding of an individual company's shares outstanding, with full margin required for concentrations of > = 5% of a company's shares outstanding. Investors should be prepared to meet the increased margin, where holdings are above 1% threshold.
- Interactive Brokers Australia currently offers margin lending to all clients EXCEPT Self-
managed Superannuation Fund account holders ("SMSF"). Click here for more information. For clients of Interactive Brokers Australia who are classified as retail, margin loans will be capped at AUD$25,000 (subject to change in IBKR Australia’s sole discretion). Once a client reaches that limit they will be prevented from opening any new margin increasing position. Closing or margin-reducing trades will be allowed.