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

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Borrow to buy stock

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

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The potential reward

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

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Weighing the risk

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

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Paying interest

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

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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.
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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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