AMP, how could you?

Discussion in 'Retail Brokers' started by J.P., May 21, 2020.

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  1. J.P.


    Yes, of course. And there are even more ways of doing this. As I said, I had no idea there was a "compliance" or any other issue.
    #41     May 21, 2020
  2. Agree and absolutely nuts. The firm is probably cash poor, meaning if they take a big hit, you're risking a situation like MF Global. The guy should find a well established, financially stable broker.
    #42     May 21, 2020
  3. schizo


    Well, if you're able to comfortably trade $3M then I would think you also have a good risk strategy to prevent a possible blowup. I've heard countless tales of small time traders losing their shirt but I have yet to hear millionaires biting the dust.
    #43     May 21, 2020
  4. fan27


    #44     May 21, 2020
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  5. schizo


    Well, yeah that one for sure. But I wasn't really referring to a fund per se, but individual traders (or investors) with net worth over $1M. Maybe you could enlighten me if you know of anyone.
    #45     May 21, 2020
  6. Congrats, you were too large for them to keep and your order flow could have been too expensive for them to follow. Now is a good time to find a better broker plus look into getting a seat at the exchange at the same time. Good luck!
    #46     May 21, 2020
  7. Overnight


    ...I have never had more than 400 open ES and NQ positions combined, very short-term day trades, in either account at any time and I have always had more than enough free cash in those accounts to cover this margin.)...

    This could be the crux of the problem. Have you been following the margin increases from the beginning of the year?

    "...I also had both buy and sell flattening orders that were not at the exchange..."

    So as far as AMP knows, you had open orders with no stops, because if they ain't at the exchange, AMP would not know about them.

    Either way, their risk algos saw that you had a maximum of 400 contracts of ES/NQ combined? Well...

    NQ initial margin is $16,500 per contract.
    ES initial margin is $13,200 per contract.

    So let's say you had 200 ES@ 13.2k. $2.64 million cash required.

    And 200 NQ @ 16.5K? $3.3 million cash required.

    That's 5.94 million bux you'd need to maintain those positions. And that is if your positions are at BE! If they move many many points away from your entries, well, you do the math.

    Their discount margins are meant for daytraders. With any firm you need to trade as if you are under initial margins, "just in case", not their uber day discounts, when trading any real size. I think that is what their risk management system did here, and alerted their risk department. Without a trade history/NLV view during some of your typical days, we'll never really know.
    #47     May 21, 2020
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  8. I'm sorry but it doesn't make any sense for a broker to close an account
    without and explanation or give the customer the opportunity to correct
    the risk issues "a warning"

    Am I the only one left scratching my head? Whats in it for AMP to lose
    a profitable customer that does nice size and is active?

    Obviously missing something here..
    #48     May 21, 2020
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  9. traider


    How fast were you sending and cancelling orders? Do you know what your cancellation ratio is?
    #49     May 21, 2020
  10. schizo


    Even in the quote you stated, it clearly sez "very short-term day trades". So he most likely would have closed out his losses pretty quickly, wouldn't you say?
    #50     May 21, 2020
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