Margin Requirements when Shorting Stocks or ETFs

Only margin accounts can short stocks or ETFs.


Initial Requirements when Shorting Stocks or ETFs

The initial requirement for short stock is typically 50% or $10 a share, whichever is greater. Some stocks may have elevated margin requirements.


Maintenance Requirements when Shorting Stocks or ETFs

The maintenance requirement for short stock is typically 30% or $10 a share, whichever is greater. Some stocks may have elevated margin requirements, such as volatility products.