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What does it mean if I get a margin call?

A margin maintenance call is when your portfolio value (minus any crypto positions) falls below your margin maintenance requirement.

Margin maintenance 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 maintenance call, you need to bring your portfolio value (excluding any crypto positions) back up to your minimum margin maintenance requirement, or you risk Robinhood having to liquidate your position(s) to bring your portfolio value (excluding any crypto positions) back above your margin maintenance requirement.

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 (person icon → Menu (3 bars) → Investing) to the margin maintenance value (Account (person icon) → Menu (3 bars) → Margin investing) to determine if you're approaching a margin call.
  • Look out for updates from us when your portfolio value (excluding any crypto positions) is getting close to your investing 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.
  • If you elect to deposit funds after receiving such a message in the app or a margin call, you may see a pre-filled or optional deposit amount that we expect will help keep your portfolio value above your margin maintenance. Depositing such an amount, however, doesn’t guarantee that you won’t get a margin call. Any pre-filled or optional deposit amount is provided solely for your reference, is subject to change, and isn’t a recommendation. You can always enter a different deposit amount or sell stocks to help keep your portfolio value above your margin maintenance.

What do I do if I get a margin maintenance call?

You can resolve a margin call in a few different ways, including:

  • You can deposit additional funds or initiate an account transfer to increase your portfolio value above the margin maintenance requirement (excluding any crypto positions).
  • 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. Keep in mind that you may also sell non-marginable positions such as options or crypto to cover your maintenance call.
Note

Crypto positions can't be traded on margin. They’re not accounted for in your portfolio value because crypto are not securities and they’re held with Robinhood Crypto.

Disclosures

All investments involve risk including loss of principal. No investments are FDIC insured. All examples are hypothetical and don’t reflect actual or anticipated results. Content is provided for informational purposes only, doesn’t constitute investment advice, and isn’t a recommendation for any security, account type or feature, or trading strategy. Past performance doesn’t 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 its 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.

For more information, review 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.

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Brokerage services are offered through Robinhood Financial LLC, (“RHF”) a registered broker-dealer (member SIPC) and clearing services through Robinhood Securities, LLC, (“RHS”) a registered broker dealer (member SIPC). Cryptocurrency services are offered through Robinhood Crypto, LLC (“RHC”) (NMLS ID: 1702840). Review a list of RHC licenses for more information.The Robinhood Money spending account is offered through Robinhood Money, LLC (“RHY”) (NMLS ID: 1990968), a licensed money transmitter. Review a list of our licenses for more information. Credit card products are offered by Robinhood Credit, Inc. ("RCT") (NMLS ID: 1781911 and issued by Coastal Community Bank, Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc.

The Robinhood Cash Card is a prepaid card issued by Sutton Bank, Member FDIC, pursuant to a license from Mastercard® International Incorporated. Mastercard and the circles design are registered trademarks of Mastercard International Incorporated.

RHF, RHY, RHC, RCT, and RHS are affiliated entities and wholly owned subsidiaries of Robinhood Markets, Inc. RHF, RHY, RHC, RCT, and RHS are not banks. Products offered by RHF are not FDIC insured and involve risk, including possible loss of principal. RHC isn’t a member of FINRA and accounts are not FDIC insured or protected by SIPC.

RHY is not a member of FINRA, and products are not subject to SIPC protection, but funds held in the Robinhood spending account and Robinhood Cash Card account may be eligible for FDIC pass-through insurance (review the Robinhood Cash Card Agreement and the Robinhood Spending Account Agreement).

Options trading entails significant risk and is not appropriate for all customers. Customers must read and understand the Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options before engaging in any options trading strategies. Options transactions are often complex and may involve the potential of losing the entire investment in a relatively short period of time. Certain complex options strategies carry additional risk, including the potential for losses that may exceed the original investment amount.

Commission-free trading of stocks, ETFs and options refers to $0 commissions for Robinhood Financial self-directed individual cash or margin brokerage accounts that trade U.S. listed securities and certain OTC securities electronically. Keep in mind, other fees such as trading (non-commission) fees, Gold subscription fees, wire transfer fees, and paper statement fees may apply to your brokerage account. Please see Robinhood Financial's Fee Schedule to learn more.

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