How does IB calculate Initial Margin

Discussion in 'Retail Brokers' started by swheat, Jan 27, 2006.

  1. swheat


    Looking at my account right now and the amount in the Overnight Initial Margin is 38.162% of Equity With Loan Value. I'm wondering how they come up with that. I thought perhaps some of the stocks I hold have no collateral value however the "Net Liquidation" and "Equity with Loan" numbers are the same.

    According to the IB help file Initial Margin is: "Initial margin requirement in the base currency of the account."