What’s Margin Call Level and Stop Out Level?


Land-FX Margin Call Level is to be 50%, Stop Out Level is to be 30%.

The broker may at any time revise the value of the collateral securities (margin), based, for example, on market factors. If this results in the market value of the collateral securities for a margin account falling below the revised margin, the broker or exchange immediately issues a “margin call”, requiring the investor to bring the margin account back into line. To do so, the investor must either pay funds (the call) into the margin account, provide additional collateral or dispose some of the securities. If the investor fails to bring the account back into line, the broker can sell the investor’s collateral securities to bring the account back into line.

If a margin call occurs unexpectedly, it can cause a domino effect of selling which will lead to other margin calls and so forth, effectively crashing an asset class or group of asset classes. The “Bunker Hunt Day” crash of the silver market on Silver Thursday, March 27, 1980 is one such example. This situation most frequently happens as a result of an adverse change in the market value of the leveraged asset or contract. It could also happen when the margin requirement is raised, either due to increased volatility or due to legislation. In extreme cases, certain securities may cease to qualify for margin trading; in such a case, the brokerage will require the trader to either fully fund their position, or to liquidate it.

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