What have you learned from your margin calls?

Discussion in 'Trading' started by turkeyneck, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. As a trader?
  2. If you miss four out of seven, expect another.:D
  3. I've never had one, so I'm not sure what that means for you bud. Maybe you're overleveraged.
  4. I trade only ETFs, and sometimes stocks, NOT futures.
    To have a margin call your positions would have to drop almost 50%.
    50% is an extreme loss, even for my DDMs (2X Dow Jones).
  5. I've never had a margin call either as I ensure I'm adequately capitalized. I suppose if you've got the available funds invested elsewhere, a margin call is just a nuisance. But I'm using IB for trading and they don't do margin calls. Instead you just hear "ding" for an execution and see that they've liquidated one of your positions.
  6. I learned how to use a laminator.
  7. eagle


    Trading is based on probability. :D

  8. I learned that IB's Margin Liquidator program works pretty well.

    It's giving me a PF of better than 2.5, for EOD closeuts (long and short).
  9. daybyday


    Yes, for me the Windows error sound (boink) now triggers a visceral reaction since means I am out... good, bad or indifferent.

  10. Lucrum


    #10     Aug 1, 2008