Margins, Peak margins & more
Modified on: Fri, 5 Aug, 2022 at 3:19 PM
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Margin is the Up-front amount required to be maintained by a client before he takes a position. This Margin is decided by the Exchange and differs from Segment to segment. Let’s see the broad framework in which this operates for different segments
At Tradeplus, we collect a minimum of 20% of Traded Value only for Intra day trades in Equity segment. It differs for Delivery based trades
Now we know what is Margin. Let us go to the next step to understand what Peak Margin is. It is nothing but the highest Margin required by a client on any given day. To determine the highest margin, the Clearing Corporation randomly takes minimum 4 snapshots of the margin required on a given day. The highest of the 4 snapshots is the peak margin which the client should have maintained during the day.
Let’s see it with an example
Imagine you have bought a Nifty 17350 in the morning with a balance of 1.5 lakh in your account. As mentioned above, the Clearing Corporation will randomly take minimum 4 snapshots of the margin required for the position during the day and the margin requirements in all these 4 snapshots could vary as given below
The highest or the peak of all the 4 snapshots is 1.06 lakhs and that is the Peak
Peak Margin is the highest margin required on a given day. End of Day margin is the margin prescribed by Exchange at the end of Trading day.
Hedge is a protection created for your trading in the event of market turning against your expectation. If you had a long position in Nifty you are un-hedged but if you buy a PUT Option simultaneously, you are then hedged. This is because, if market falls, the loss in Nifty long position will be limited as your PUT will start making money. This is called a hedge.
To encourage traders to take positions with due protection, SEBI has provided huge margin benefits to those who trade with hedge strategy. A hedged position can reduce your margin requirement as much as 70% or even more.
As seen above, a unhedged position i.e, Sale of 17100CE requires a margin of 120559.3 while the sale leg hedged with a buy CE drastically reduces the margin requirement from 1.2 lakhs to 22951.
This is just an illustration and the reduced margin requirement could be even lower. This is the great benefit of Hedging.
Now coming back to scenarios when Margin shortfall arises, the margin requirement doesn’t change majorly as long as the hedge leg stays. The moment one of the hedged leg is removed, it shoots up. Here, if you square off buy call leg, the margin requirement will then shoot up from 22k to 1.2 lakhs. This might even occur, if your buy leg expires on the weekly expiry provided you had taken a weekly expiry Call option but retain the sell leg with monthly expiry. So, we suggest you to ensure that you have sufficient margin before you remove one of the hedged leg to avoid penalty or close both the legs simultaneously
You can change your positions from MIS (Intra) product to the NRML /CNC/Delivery (Carry forward product). However, this can be done only if you have sufficient margins for the Carry Forward position. The change of position needs to be done at least 30 minutes before market closing time or before the auto square off gets triggered.
You can also change NRML positions to MIS. You cannot however do this once the auto square off process is started.
Any order placed under MIS and CO will automatically be squared off within half an hour before the market closes for respective exchange segments or any other time as mentioned from time to time depending upon the market volatility OR when the Intraday MTM reaches 60% whichever is earlier. To read our complete risk management policy click here.
If the securities received in pay-out are not paid fully, Navia may retain those securities in "CLIENT UNPAID SECURITIES ACCOUNT (CUSA)" and these securities will be transferred to the respective client’s demat account on receiving full purchase value. Further, if the funds are not fully paid within four trading days (4) from pay-out day(T+2) then Navia shall liquidate the securities in the market to recover the debits/dues in the account including the penalty/interest/ Dp charges/ any delayed payment charges etc.. Also, note that there will be an interest levied on the debit amount for the days for which it is not paid. This interest amount will be debited to ledger
No. Unrealized cheque payments will not be considered for the margin/MTM shortfall. You should do an online funds transfer to hold such positions.
You may use the stocks held in your demat account to get additional margin to buy stocks in Equity segment (via MTF) or to take positions in derivative segment. Read here to know more about MTF trading.
ICICI BANK and ICICI Prudential shares will not be accepted as collateral
If any of the stocks that you had given as a collateral moves out of EQ series or if the haircut of the stock increases to 100%, then it becomes ineligible to be a collateral. It will therefore, be removed from pledge and moved to your Demat account.
Your collateral value will therefore, gets reduced as one of the stocks that you had provided as collateral is now removed. You will in such a scenario be required to bring in additional funds or other eligible collateral stocks to maintain sufficient margin against the position, if any, you had already taken based on the old collateral value.
As per SEBI Regulations, settlement cycle for derivative segment (F&O) is T+1 day. This implies that if you make profits trading in derivative segment (F&O), it will be settled on T+1 day only.
Therefore, if you take an F&O position & make profits, we will not consider the profits made on T Day while reporting margins to the Exchanges, as they are realized on T+1. These profits will not be clear balance on that day, and thus won't be considered as available margin for trading in F&O.