All traders and investors should know the pattern day trading rules, such as the required minimum equity, the number of trades you can make, and buying power limitations.
Stock trading versus futures trading each pose intriguing possibilities. But although stocks and futures share some common ground, they differ in several ways that investors should understand before diving in to either.
Trading on margin can magnify your returns, but it can also increase your losses. Learn the basics, benefits, and risks of margin trading.
Portfolio margin is available to TD Ameritrade clients who have a margin account and meet requirements like a certain equity level and options approval.
How can individuals get risk based margins like market makers and not have to own a seat on the exchange floor? It's with portfolio margin.
Margin trading has been around forever. But qualified traders, there’s another category—portfolio margin—that could take your leverage to new heights.
When trading in a cash account, understand the three different types of cash account violations you could encounter: free ride violation, good faith violation, and liquidation violation.
Short selling aims to provide protection or profit during a stock market downturn, but it can be risky. Plus, it requires a margin account. Learn the mechanics of shorting a stock.
What is leverage in the forex market? It’s the ability to buy and sell foreign currencies while putting up only a fraction—3% to 5%—of the notional amount. Leverage offers potential opportunity, but it’s also quite risky.
Once you’ve mastered the basics of margin trading, you might want to learn how different trader and investor types use it. It can depend on your objectives, risk tolerance, and the products you trade.
A margin account can be useful for investment leverage. Did you know it can also be used as a convenient line of credit with a low interest rate and flexible repayment? But understand the risks.
Investors seeking to profit from a market downturn or looking for portfolio protection have several shorting alternatives. Here are three of them.
Learn how experienced investors comfortable with the risk of margin trading can view a margin account as a “reserve fund.”
Learn how following short interest and other short-selling metrics can help investors can gain valuable insights on companies and markets.
Nobody wants his or her stock investments to be forcefully liquidated. Protect your portfolio with better estimations and risk management plans.
Part 3 of our series on portfolio margin covers profit, loss, and what happens at expiration—eventually your position will expire, know what to expect.
Part of our series on portfolio margin, the greeks—theoretical metrics describing how things like stock price, time, and volatility can impact option price.
You can upgrade your trader status by expanding your leverage with portfolio margin, but first you must know synthetic equivalents—here's a primer.
Active traders and investors can maintain margin, a cushion of buying power in their accounts for volatile times.
Risk-based margin is both a blessing and a curse. But is it for you?
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