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What does it mean if I get a margin call?

A margin call, aka a margin maintenance call, is when your portfolio value (minus any cryptocurrency positions) falls below your margin maintenance requirement.

Margin calls can happen for a variety of reasons, including a decline in the value of your holdings, ACH reversals, or options assignments. If you get a margin call, you need to bring your portfolio value (minus any cryptocurrency positions) back up to your minimum margin maintenance requirement, or you risk Robinhood having to liquidate your position(s) to bring your portfolio value (minus any cryptocurrency positions) back above your margin maintenance requirement.

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How do I avoid a margin call?

Margin calls are no fun, so we’re happy to give you some tips on how to avoid them.

  • You can compare the stocks value in your portfolio (Account tab > Menu > Investing) to the margin maintenance value in the Margin Investing section of your Robinhood Gold settings to determine if you're approaching a margin call.
  • Look out for updates from us when your portfolio value (minus any cryptocurrency positions) is getting close to your account’s margin maintenance requirement. You’ll typically receive a message in the app when you’re close to receiving a margin call, and an email once you’ve received one.
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What do I do if I get a margin call?

There are two ways to resolve a margin call:

  1. You can deposit additional funds to increase your portfolio value above the margin maintenance requirement (minus any cryptocurrency positions).
  2. You may choose to sell some of your securities to cover the required amount. The proceeds from the sales can help cover your margin call. This may allow you to avoid depositing additional funds.
Note

Cryptocurrency positions cannot be traded on margin. They’re not accounted for in your portfolio value because cryptocurrencies are not securities and they’re custodied with our affiliate, Robinhood Crypto, LLC.


Disclosures

All investments involve risk including loss of principal. No investments are FDIC insured. All examples are hypothetical and do not reflect actual or anticipated results. Content is provided for informational purposes only; it does not constitute investment advice and is not a recommendation for any security, account type or feature, or trading strategy. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

Margin investing involves interest charges and risks, including the potential to lose more than deposited or the need to deposit additional collateral in a falling market. Before using margin, customers must determine whether this type of trading strategy is right for them given their specific investment objectives, experience, risk tolerance, and financial situation.

Regardless of the underlying value of the securities you purchased, you must repay your margin debt. Robinhood Financial can change their maintenance margin requirements at any time without prior notice. If the equity in your account falls below the minimum maintenance requirements (varies according to the security), you’ll have to deposit additional cash or acceptable collateral. If you fail to meet your minimums, Robinhood Financial may be forced to sell some or all of your securities, with or without your prior approval.

The margin interest rate charged by Robinhood Financial is 2.5% as of December 21, 2020. The rate might change at any time and at Robinhood Financial’s discretion.

For more information, please see FINRA’s Investor Alert and Robinhood Financial’s Customer Relationship Summary, Margin Disclosure Statement, and Margin Agreement. These disclosures contain important information on Robinhood Financial’s products and services, conflicts of interests, lending policies, interest charges, and the risks associated with margin investing enabled accounts.

Cryptocurrency trading and custodial services are offered through an account with Robinhood Crypto. Robinhood Crypto is not a member of SIPC or FINRA. Robinhood Crypto and Robinhood Financial are separate but affiliated entities. Cryptocurrencies are not securities and your cryptocurrency investments are not FDIC insured or SIPC protected. For more information see the Robinhood Crypto Risk Disclosure.

Robinhood Financial LLC (member SIPC), is a registered broker dealer. Robinhood Securities, LLC (member SIPC), provides brokerage clearing services. Robinhood Crypto, LLC provides crypto currency trading. All are subsidiaries of Robinhood Markets, Inc. (‘Robinhood’), trading as HOOD on Nasdaq.

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