Options in a portfolio margin account

Discussion in 'Options' started by just21, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. just21


    As a portfolio margin account gives you leverage of up to 5.6 times your capital can you sell more calls or puts uncovered than in reg t margin account?
  2. rmorse

    rmorse Sponsor

    A Portfolio Margin account haircut or margin requirement on a equity or option position is risk based. Using any leverage multiple is not accurate for option positions. You can check out the OCC Portfolio Margin calculator to see how much margin a position will require. You can certainly sell more covered and uncovered options in a PM account than Reg-T.

    Remember, this OCC calculator uses the TIMS calculation to determine the Minimum margin requirement. Any broker can ask for more margin, but not less.