Explain margin requirements and the $2000 minimum

Discussion in 'Trading' started by Amagaldu, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. Amagaldu


    Hello to everyone,

    I am interested in trading around 3 days a week, but this is of course not possible with the cash account, so I woupd have to open a margin account. Question: The minimum margin requirement is $2000. A pattern day trader is one who has $25000 in equity. If I were to deposit this $2000 into a margin account, could I trade 3 times per week without violating Regulation T? Would I have to risk the whole equity when placing a trade, or can I just limit it to say $1000? Thank you in advance.

    P.S. I know I am asking stupid questions and liekly will receive a good scolding, so please if you would like to do so, please Pm me so I can aitomatically send the messahes to trash. Thank you.
  2. jimbo320


    Good trading all
  3. Beebers


    You can open a position and close it during the same day 3 times only in a 2 month period or so - otherwise you will violate the Pattern Daytrader rule.

    The margin account is something the broker let's you do. The Pattern Daytrader rule is governmental law.

    They have nothing to do with each other.

    If your broker let's you open a margin account with $2k, you can open (and margin) a position but you won't be able to daytrade (opening and closing the same position on the same day) equities more than 3 times in the above mentioned 2 month period.

    BTW, the Pattern Day Trading rule does not apply to futures - just to equities, equity options, and maybe some other issues (stock futures?)

  4. Here is a link to the true PDT rule. You can "daytrade" 3 times in any 5 day period if you violate then you have 5 days to deposit the required 25k or become a cash account.

    Hope this helps.

  5. ???????

    it's 3 times in 5 days, not 2 months.
  6. Amagaldu


    Thank you for the replies everyone! Yes the minmum for margin in $2000 at my broker (optionshouse). So basically I would be able to trade 3 times a week just with this $2000 in equity without requesting additional margin? Thank you!
  7. Beebers


    Ah, got that wrong. Thanks.

    Once caught though, the close you down for quite some time, right?