General Queries on Margin Trading Facility (MTF)

Q. What is Margin Trading?

A: Margin Trading is essentially buying stocks by partly putting in your own money and the rest being funded by the broker. As a result you can buy larger quantity of stock with the same amount of money (you only pay a part of the total value) as opposed normally buying them by paying the entire value of the stock.

Q. What is Margin Trading Funding (MTF) Facility?

A:  MTF is the funding facility offered by the Company to its customers to buy stocks with a minimum required margin and hold the stocks for an extended period of time.

Q. What is the benefit of MTF?

A: Client can carry delivery position for lifetime, by paying only a small percentage of the securities value known as margin amount, instead of the entire value of securities.

e.g. If you have to buy Infosys shares worth Rs. 1,00,000 then the margin amount to be paid by you will be around Rs.25000, the remaining amount of around Rs.75000 will be funded by broker. You can carry this position for lifetime. In case you wish to take delivery you just need to repay the funded portion. Interest will be charged on the funded amount/Debit amount.

Normally, with Rs. 25,000 limit you could buy only Rs. 25,000 worth of Stocks. Using MTF you can now enter position worth Rs. 1,00,000 with Rs. 25,000 limit. Whats more is that the Rs. 25,000 to be funded by you can be in the form of stocks and not necessarily cash. This also ensures that your idle stocks are put to better use.

Q: How can I avail this MTF facility?

A:  This MTF facility can be availed by opening the MTF trading account and transfer initial margin by way of cash/ collateral to purchase the shares under this facility. 

Q. Can I get the MTF funding facility to my existing trading account?

A:  Yes. You can activate the MTF segment on your existing trading account itself and there is no need to open a separate trading account.

The MTF product is added to the same trading account as separate segment i.e. MTF segment. For more details on how to activate the MTF segment click here. 

Q: Do I need to open a separate demat account for MTF funding?

A: No, a separate demat account is not required for availing this MTF funding facility.

Q: Do I need to sign an agreement apart from KYC, to open MTF account?

A: Yes, you need to sign an agreement, and have to agree to the terms and conditions of the MTF funding account. Click here to open MTF acocunt

Q. What are the Scrips funded under this MTF?

A: Equity shares that are classified as group 1 security and as in the approved list are available for the margin trading funding. (Click here for list of scrips).

Q. What are the securities accepted for MTF collateral ?

A: For list of scrips accepted as MTF collateral click here

Q: What is the amount of margin /leverage that I need to pay/have during buying stocks?

A:  Required margin and leverages may vary for different stocks. See details given below

Category of Stock
Initial margin and maintenance margin as required by SEBI and as set in Back office
Exposure allowed by Navia in trading system
Group I stocks available for trading in the F&O segment
VaR + 3 times applicable ELM
4 times
Group I stocks other than F&O stocks
VaR + 5 times applicable ELM
2 times

VaR – Value at risk margin                         ELM – Extreme loss margin which is approx 5%

Q. What type of initial margin is allowed under this MTF?

A: We may allow customers to pay margin in the form of NSE Approved list of shares post hair cut or cash or cash equivalent.

Q: What is the segment and under which exchange Margin Trading Facility is offered?

A: Margin Trading Facility is available only under cash segment for selective scrip, traded in the  Exchange of NSE only.

Q: Can I purchase the shares from the BSE cash segments?

A No, you cannot buy shares under the MTF in BSE cash segment, and BSE scrips can be traded in the normal segment without any leverage.

Q: Do I need to pay any charges for Opening / activating the MTF trading account.

A: No, you no need to pay any charges for opening the MTF trading account.

Q: How do I get all details of my Margin Trading Funding transaction?

A: You will get all communication regarding confirmation of orders/trades, margin calls, decision to liquidate the position / security on your registered email/ Mobile Number.

Q: What is the difference between a normal trading account and MTF funding account?

A: Normal trading account Company allows the client to purchase the shares and securities and hold it for a period of T+2+5 day. The account will be blocked on the 7th day and shares shall be liquidated by the Company. But under the MTF account, the client can purchase the shares and hold it for a period beyond 7 days by meeting the required margin. 

Q: Can I have two MTF account with different brokers?

A: No, the client can avail this funding facility only from a single broker and the client has to give a declaration at the time of MTF account opening.

Q:  Can I get the benefit of the corporate actions like dividend, bonus etc. for the shares held in the MTF account?

A: Yes, the benefit of the corporate actions will be credited to your account.

Q: What if my stocks bought under Margin Trading Facility get appreciated? Will I get additional margin on it?

A: No! you will not get benefit of any MTM gain on your margin trading position.

How to use the Trading system for Margin Trading Facility (MTF) through NEST /Infini Trading Solutions (ITS)

Q. How do i mark certain trades for MTF ?

Our system is very simple. In our trading platform (NEST/ITS) when you place order you can select product type as MTF and place the order. All trades that are executed under MTF product will be then uploaded to back office for allocation to MTF segment. Please note that trades marked as NRML/CNC/MIS/CO/BO cannot be allocated to MTF. However you can convert trades marked as NRML/CNC/MIS to MTF product in the front end before market closes. This product conversion is possible subject to margin availability in MTF segment in the trading system.

Q. How do i transfer funds for placing orders in MTF segment ?

A: You can use our payment gateway facility or NEFT/IMPS to transfer funds. Once the funds are transferred they will be credited to the Equity segment. You need to send an email to if you want to transfer these funds to the MTF segment. Our RMS team will check for funds availability in the Equity segment and transfer funds to the MTF segment of the trading system. Please allow 30 minutes after sending email to our support desk to transfer the funds.

Q. Can i use the funds lying in the Equity segment for MTF and vice versa ?

A: No you cannot. In the trading system the risk management is separate for Equity and MTF segment. This means that any funds lying in the equity segment cannot be used to take exposure in the MTF segment and vice versa. If you want to utilise the funds in equity segment to MTF segment then please send an email to and we will move the funds from equity to MTF and vice versa. Please allow 30 minutes after sending email to our support desk to transfer the funds.

Q. How is the MTF margin computed in the trading system.

A: This can be better explained with an illustration. For example lets say you have the following:

     a. MTF cash collateral - Rs. 50,000

     b. MTF stock collateral (before haircut valuation) - Rs. 5,00,000

     c. MTF stock collateral (after haircut valuation ) - Rs. 4,25,000

     d. Value of stocks funded at cost - Rs. 3,00,000

     e. MTF ledger balance - Rs. -40,000 (debit)

In the above scenario the formula for calculating the MTF uploaded balance in trading system would be a+c+d+e. In our example the amount would be Rs. 7,35,000. 

The stocks funded would be uploaded as positions in the trading platform with cost price, Hence the trading platform would deduct the appropriate margin for the positions at either 50% or 25% depending upon if the funded stock in NON derivative stock or derivative stocks. Lets assume in the above example that the margin on the funded stock of value Rs. 3,00,000 is Rs. 1,00,000.

The available MTF balance for further positions would be = 7,35,000 - 1,00,000 = 6,35,000

On the available balance you get exposure of 2 times or 4 times depending on if the stock being purchased is NON derivative stock or derivative stock.

Q. Is MTF trading facility available on NOW trading software ?

A: No MTF trading is only available on Infini Trading solutions and software charges apply. To know more about Infini Trading solutions click here

How to use the back office for Margin Trading Facility (MTF) 

Q. How do I know that my MTF  trades are allocated to my MTF trading segment?

AEveryday, once we receive the trade file from the exchanges, we upload all the trades into your trading account. Then we upload only your MTF trades and allocate the same to your MTF segment. If at any time the MTF segment ledger does not have sufficient margin then some of the MTF trades may not get allocated to the MTF segment in the back office and will be retained in the normal segment only.Further, Navia shall send an e-mail confirmation of the shares that are allocated to the MTF segment at the end of the day. Some of the reasons why your MTF marked trades may not get allocated in the MTF back office segment are:

a)   The scrip should be as per approved basket of MTF

b)   The existing client funding is within the amount prescribed by SEBI

c)    The  existing  client  funding  across  all  clients  in  Navia  is  within  the  amount prescribed by SEBI

d)   Client should have sufficient collateral/Cash margin to avail this facility

Sample email confirmation of MTF allocation sent by Navia at the end of the day is given below. If there is a margin call it will be reflected in this report. If the Shortage / Excess value in the report below is a debit then it means there is a margin call and you to immediately bring in the required shortage either in the form of funds or securities. 

Q. Is there a facility for me to view my MTF collateral, MTF funded trades and my MTF balance available limit ?

A: Yes when you login to our Online back office portal there is a separate MTF section where you can view all the details concerned with your MTF account. Sample snap shot of this MTF section given below:

Q: How can I identify the margin call transaction liquidated by the company?

A: Margin call transactions are marked separately in the contract note, when liquidation is initiated by the company.

Q: What happens if I transfer funds to the MTF segment of my trading account and have not done any trading?

A: Margin trading accounts where there is no transaction for 90 days shall be settled immediately / as per running account settlement

Q: How can I carry and hold my funded position for a long period?

A:  The shares purchased under the funding account can be held by maintaining the required margin as per the margin calls for a period of upto 1 year

Q: What is the interest rate offered under this MTF funding?

A: We offer the margin trading funding facility with the interest rate @ 2% monthly.

Q. How is interest amount calculated ?

A:  The interest amount is calculated on a daily basis based on the end of day debit balance in the MTF segment

Q. If i have credit in Normal segment and debit in MTF segment will interest still be charged on the MTF segment ?

A: For the purpose of interest calculation in MTF segment only the MTF ledger balance would be considered. Any credit in the normal segment will not be considered or adjusted while calculating interest on MTF segment. If you want to move the credit in Normal segment to MTF segment then you need to send email to 

Q: Can I transfer funds from my normal trading account segment to the MTF segment?

A: Yes, you can transfer the funds from the normal trading account segment to the MTF segment, as per the terms & conditions of the product.

Q: How can I sell the MTF funded stocks in the MTF trading account?

A: We shall upload the MTF funded stocks on a daily basis to the trading terminal, and you are allowed to sell the  MTF funded stocks using MTF product code

Q. Can i sell my MTF collateral shares from the trading terminal ?

A: NO. You cannot sell the MTF collateral shares from the trading system. You can view your MTF collateral shares and also get margin for the collateral shares but you cannot sell them Online as you might have utilized the collateral margin for taking positions in MTF segment. If you would like to sell the MTF collateral shares, then please send email to providing details of the shares you like to sell. Our RMS team will analyse the utilization of collateral and accordingly help you to sell the MTF collateral shares.

Q. If i buy 100 shares of X company under MTF product and sell the same under NRML product then will my shares be allocated to MTF ?

NO. MTF allocation will happen only if there is a net position in a particular share. In the above scenario since you have bought and sold 100 shares there is no net position and hence no MTF allocation will happen.

Q: Is there any cash -collateral ratio for the initial margin?

A: No, under this facility there is no cash -collateral ratio.

Q: What is the hair cut percentage applied for the collaterals?

A:  NSE hair cut percentage or VAR haircut is applied for the valuation of the collateral value for the purpose of margins. This means that if the VAR of a scrip is 10% then 90% of the value of the scrip will be provided as margin.

Q: What is the meaning of margin calls?

A: Margin calls are the alerts made by the Company when there is a reduction in the amount of margin placed with the Company.

Q:  When shall the Company makes the Margin call report on my MTF trading account?

A: Every day once the trades are uploaded to the trading terminal, system will automatically generate the Risk Report and based on the margin available in the MTF account. This margin call will be sent by e-mail/SMS  to the client for making the payment immediately.


Q: What is the impact of the margin call if not honored by the client?

A:  Company may liquidate the shares if the client fails to meet the margin call requirements.

Q: Is there any reporting to the exchange on a T+ 1 day of the purchases by the company?

A: Under this funding facility, Company shall report to the exchange with the client details and the funding amount offered to the client on a daily basis on or before 12 PM.

Q: Can I close/ suspend the MTF funding facility offered by the company.

A: Yes, the client can close or suspend the Margin trading account at any time after paying the dues.

Q: Can the company terminate/ suspend the client MTF segment on my trading account?

A: Yes, the Company can terminate/ suspend the client MTF segment, in the event of client committing the breach of any terms & conditions of the MTF funding.