What are the differences between the initial margin requirement and the maintenance margin requirement?

Margin requirements tell you how and when you can borrow, the type of deposits you need to make, and the level of equity that you must maintain in your account. Failure to meet these requirements will result in forced liquidation of assets until the requirements are satisfied.

Initial Margin Requirement is the percentage of the purchase price of the securities that the investor must deposit into their account. For example, say the margin requirement for ABC stock is 50%. If you would like to purchase $10,000 of ABC stock, you need to have at least $5000 cash available in your TradeUP account to send in that order.

You can find each security’s initial margin requirement on the ticker page:


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Maintenance Margin Requirement is the minimum amount of equity in the security position that must be maintained in the investor's account.

You can view your total Maintenance Margin in Live Account>Account>Risk State.