Required maintenance call
A call for additional money or securities when a margin account falls below its exchange-mandated required level. Be aware that stocks in a margin account have maintenance requirements that are set by our clearing firm.
Reg T call
Federal Reserve Board Regulation T margin calls are issued when a customer makes a transaction in a margin account and does not meet the minimum initial requirement of 50% cash or loan available. This margin call is referred to as a Fed Call. The customer must increase the equity in the account by depositing additional funds and/or marginable securities. If the necessary amount of cash or securities is not deposited into the account within the specified time period, securities may be sold to meet the call, and the account may become restricted.
Day Trade call
A day trade call is generated whenever you place opening trades that exceed your account's day trade buying power and then close those positions on the same day. You then have 5 business days to meet a call in an unrestricted account by depositing cash or marginable securities in the account. During the day trade call period, the account is reduced to 2 times the exchange surplus from the previous day. You are allowed two day trade liquidations within a rolling 12-month period. However, if you incur a third day trade liquidation, your account will be restricted. Your day trade buying power will be reduced to the amount of the exchange surplus, without the use of time and tick, for 90 calendar days. After the 90-day restriction period, the rolling 12-month calendar resets.