​​On 12th September 2016, Saxo Capital Markets will introduce a simplified equity rating model used to determine the:

  • Margin required for trading CFDs and Stock Options
  • Values of Stock or ETF positions that can be used as collateral for trading margin products such as Forex and CFDs

Margin Categories

The new simplified rating model rates equities into five categories from 1 (low-risk) to 5 (high-risk) Stocks.


# A minimum 20% margin may apply to some of the CFDs.
^ The maximum 60% collateral may apply to some stocks on Rating 1 and we may not provide collateral for some stocks regardless of its Rating.

The margin requirements for CFD indices will be unaffected by this change.

Stock CFDs

For CFD stocks in category 1, you need to maintain only 10% of the market value of the position as collateral, allowing you to leverage up to 10 times. For CFD stocks in categories 4 you must maintain 80% of the position value. For CFD stocks in category 5, you need to maintain the full value of the position as margin.

Stock position as margin collateral

For Stocks in category 1, you can use up to 75% of the value of your position as collateral for trading margin products such as FX, CFDs and futures. You cannot use the value of your positions of stocks in categories 4 and 5 as margin collateral.

Continuous re-rating

In addition to the simplification of the categories, from 12th September we will be monitoring and re-rating equities continuous on a daily basis. This means that we can adjust individual stock ratings based on current market events, moving them into more appropriate risk categories. This continuous risk rating is to protect you against over-leveraging positions in stock which have become more risky.

Current rating shown in the platforms

The current ratings for CFDs and Stocks can be seen in the Trading Conditions in the trading platforms.


  • the Standard Margin required for CFD stocks can be seen under
    Account > Trading Conditions
    > CFD Stock/Index Instrument List (grouped under exchanges)
  • the Collateral Value for Stocks can be seen under
    Account > Trading Conditions > Stock Instrument list (grouped under exchanges)


The Margin Requirement for CFD stocks and the Collateral Value of Stocks can be found under Account > Trading Conditions > Search for Stock or CFD


Saxo Capital Markets Pte Ltd ('Saxo Markets') is a company authorised and regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) [Co. Reg. No.: 200601141M ] and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saxo Bank A/S, headquartered in Denmark. Please refer to our General Business Terms & Risk Warning to consider whether acquiring or continuing to hold financial products is suitable for you, prior to opening an account and investing in a financial product.

Trading in financial instruments carries various risks, and is not suitable for all investors. Please seek expert advice, and always ensure that you fully understand these risks before trading. Trading in leveraged products such as Margin FX products may result in your losses exceeding your initial deposits. Saxo Markets does not provide financial advice, any information available on this website is ‘general’ in nature and for informational purposes only. Saxo Markets does not take into account an individual’s needs, objectives or financial situation.

The Saxo trading platform has received numerous awards and recognition. For details of these awards and information on awards visit

The information or the products and services referred to on this website may be accessed worldwide, however is only intended for distribution to and use by recipients located in countries where such use does not constitute a violation of applicable legislation or regulations. Products and Services offered on this website is not intended for residents of the United States and Japan. Please click here to view our full disclaimer.

This advertisement has not been reviewed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.