What’s margin maintenance?
Margin maintenance is the minimum portfolio value (excluding any crypto positions) that you need to prevent a margin call.
You always need to keep your portfolio above (i) $2,000 and (ii) your margin maintenance requirement to avoid these types of margin calls.
To see your margin maintenance, go to Margin Investing in your account overview.
Your margin maintenance will change based on a model that considers certain factors, such as volatility and market liquidity. Stocks that are known to be more volatile, for example, typically have higher maintenance requirements to ensure you have enough portfolio value to cover the position if it quickly decreases in value.
If your portfolio value (excluding any crypto positions) dips below the margin maintenance requirement, you may be issued a margin call.
Note that Robinhood can adjust margin maintenance requirements at any time and sell out whichever positions are deemed fit to satisfy your margin call, without notifying you first or gaining your authorization.
Crypto positions cannot be traded on margin. They’re not accounted for in your portfolio value because crypto are not securities, and they’re custodied with our affiliate, Robinhood Crypto, LLC.
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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 your portfolio value 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.
Robinhood Financial charges a standard margin interest rate of 11.75% and a margin interest rate of 7.75% for customers who subscribe to Gold. The margin interest rate is calculated by adding 6.5% (for non-Gold customers) or 2.5% (for Gold customers) to the upper bound of the Target Federal Funds Rate, which is set by the Federal Reserve and is subject to change without notice. The formulas used to calculate the margin interest rate are subject to change at Robinhood Financial’s discretion. The margin rates shown are as of May 4, 2023 and might change at any time without notice and at Robinhood Financial’s discretion. The standard margin interest rate will be rolled out to customers who do not subscribe to Gold in phases over a period of time, subject to eligibility criteria, and so may not be available immediately to all customers.
For more information, 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.
Crypto 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) is a registered broker-dealer and provides brokerage clearing services. Robinhood Crypto, LLC provides cryptocurrency trading. All are subsidiaries of Robinhood Markets, Inc. (‘Robinhood’), trading as HOOD on Nasdaq.