Margin Trading

Borrow up to 50% of your eligible equity to buy additional securities. Powerful tools, real-time information, and specialized service help you make the most of your margin trading.

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How margin trading works

Borrow to buy stock

Purchase more shares than you could with just the available cash in your account, based on your eligible collateral

The potential reward

If the stock price goes up, your earnings are amplified because you hold more shares

Weighing the risk

If the stock price moves against you, you could lose more than your initial investment 

Paying interest

As with any loan, you pay interest on the amount you borrowed

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$0

Stocks

50¢

Options
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$1.50

Futures
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Got $5,000? Get $100 (or a whole lot more—learn how).1

Limited time! Deposit or transfer just $5,000 to get $100. Or add even more for up to $2,500.

The E*TRADE margin advantage 

Spot and seize potential opportunities with powerful tools, specialized support, and competitive margin rates

  • Advanced margin tools and real-time updates let you manage your trading with precision
  • Have questions? Get answers fast from dedicated specialists who know margin trading inside and out.
  • Keep trading costs low with competitive margin interest rates.

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Powerful tools and insights

We give you the tools and resources to make fully informed decisions about using margin

  • Margin Analyzer Tool: All-in-one dashboard to monitor margin requirements for different positions
  • Margin Calculator Tool: Create what-if scenarios to explore the potential outcomes of different transactions
  • Requirements search: Different trades have different margin requirements. Look them up with just a few clicks.
  • Risk Slide Tool: Analyze your portfolio across a range of conditions. Use the grid and the graph within the tool to visualize potential profit and loss.

More leverage with portfolio margin

Sophisticated traders can increase their buying power and lower their margin requirements with portfolio margin

  • Margin requirements are based on the overall risk of your entire portfolio, not just individual positions
  • Enjoy dedicated support from experienced margin and derivatives specialists who share your passion for trading
  • Available to experienced traders with Level 4 options approval and $100,000 or more in account equity
  • Download applications
    Personal Portfolio Margin Application
    Business Portfolio Margin Application

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