What are the requirements to trade options?

Currently, only margin accounts can trade options. If you only have a cash account, you can upgrade to a margin account in order to gain option trading capabilities. 

Please be aware that a margin account must have a minimum $2,000 account balance (not including option positions) to place an options trade.

For example, if your account has $1,500 in cash and $1,000 in existing option contracts, you would not be able to place another option order because your account balance excluding option positions is under $2,000. 


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