Margin information

Review our margin requirements and other information related to margin trading with Saxo

To create a buffer between your trading capacity and the margin close-out level, which ESMA has standardised, we apply two different margin requirements:

  1. Initial margin: a pre-trade margin check on order placement, i.e. on opening a new position there must be sufficient margin collateral available on account to meet the initial margin requirement.
  2. Maintenance margin: a continuous margin check, i.e. the minimum amount of margin collateral that must be held on account to maintain an open position(s). Maintenance margin is used to calculate the margin utilisation.

We have sorted our more than 8,800 online tradable CFDs in 6 different margin groups. Which margin group a CFD falls into depends on the market capitalisation, liquidity and volatility of the underlying asset.The leverage available on Stock CFDs begin at 10:1 which corresponds to only 10% margin.

Saxo RatingInitial MarginMaintenance Margin
120%10%
220%15%
325%20%
435%30%
555%50%
6110%100%

Find your local stock in the link below and see what Margin Rating it has.

View individual Stock CFD margins.

There are 2 different margin requirements

  • Initial margin: a pre-trade margin check on order placement
  • Maintenance margin: a continuous margin check (minimum amount of margin collateral that must be held on account to maintain an open position. It is used to calculate the margin utilization)

The initial and maintenance margin of a single stock CFD is based on the stock rating. Saxo defines 6 different stock ratings. This rating is derived from the market capitalization, liquidity and volatility of the underlying asset.

A stock with rating 1 has an initial margin of 20%. This means that this stock can be traded at 5:1 leverage.

Find your local stock in the link below and see what Margin Rating it has.

View individual Stock CFD margins.

There are 2 different margin requirements

  • Initial margin: a pre-trade margin check on order placement
  • Maintenance margin: a continuous margin check (minimum amount of margin collateral that must be held on account to maintain an open position. It is used to calculate the margin utilization)

An Index CFD with an initial margin of 5% can be traded at 20:1 leverage.


Index CFDs margins (normal market conditions)

 Index TrackerInitial MarginMaintenance Margin
US 30 Wall Street5%2.5%
US 5005%2.5%
US Tech 100 NAS5%2.5%
Belgium 2010%5%
Denmark 2010%5%
EU Stocks 508%4%
France 408%4%
Germany 308%4%
Germany Mid-Cap 5010%5%
Germany Tech 3010%5%
Italy 4010%5%
Netherlands 2510%5%
Norway 2510%5%
Portugal 2010%5%
South Africa 4020%10%
Spain 3510%5%
Sweden 3010%5%
Switzerland 2010%5%
UK 1005%2.5%
UK Mid 25010%5%
Australia 2005%2.5%
Japan 2255%2.5%
Hong Kong10%5%

Index CFDs contract details (expiring)

Index TrackerInitial MarginMaintenance Margin
China 5010%5%
India 5010%5%
Singapore10%5%
Taiwan10%5%
US200010%5%

There are 2 different margin requirements

  • Initial margin: a pre-trade margin check on order placement
  • Maintenance margin: a continuous margin check (minimum amount of margin collateral that must be held on account to maintain an open position. It is used to calculate the margin utilization)

A Forex CFD with an initial margin of 3.3% can be traded at 25:1 leverage.

The leverage available for Forex CFDs is either 50:1 or 25:1 equal to 2% or 4% in margin.

Instrument NameSymbolInitial MarginMaintenance Margin
CURRENCIES
Euro / US DollarEURUSDEC3.33%1.66%
Euro / Japanese YenEURJPYRY3.33%1.66%
Euro / Swiss FrancEURCHFRF3.33%1.66%
Euro / British PoundEURGBPRP3.33%1.66%
British Pound / US DollarGBPUSDBP3.33%1.66%
Australian Dollar / US DollarAUDUSDAD3.33%1.66%
USD IndexUSDINDEX20%10%

There are 2 different margin requirements

  • Initial margin: a pre-trade margin check on order placement
  • Maintenance margin: a continuous margin check (minimum amount of margin collateral that must be held on account to maintain an open position. It is used to calculate the margin utilization)

A Commodity CFD with an initial margin of 10% can be traded at 10:1 leverage.

Instrument NameSymbolInitial MarginMaintenance Margin

METALS
GoldGOLD-5%2.5%
SilverSILVER10%5%
PlatinumPLATINUM10%5%
PalladiumPALLADIUM10%5%
US CopperCOPPERUS10%5%


ENERGY
US CrudeOILUS10%5%
UK CrudeOILUK10%5%
Heating OilHEATINGOIL10%5%
Gasoline USGASOLINEUS10%5%
Gas OilGASOILUK10%5%
US Natural GasNATGAS10%5%
CO2 EmissionsEMISSIONS10%5%


AGRICULTURE
CornCORN10%5%
WheatWHEAT10%5%
SoybeansSOYBEANS10%5%


SOFTS
NY Sugar No. 11SUGARNY10%5%
NY CoffeeCOFFEE10%5%
NY CocoaCOCOA10%5%


MEATS
Live CattleLIVECATTLE10%5%

There are 2 different margin requirements

  • Initial margin: a pre-trade margin check on order placement
  • Maintenance margin: a continuous margin check (minimum amount of margin collateral that must be held on account to maintain an open position. It is used to calculate the margin utilization)

A Bond CFD with an initial margin of 10% can be traded at 10:1 leverage.

Initial MarginMaintenance MarginProduct/Instrument
20%10%German Government 5 year Bobl
German Government 2 year Schatz
20%10%German Government 10 year Bund
20%10%French Government 10 year OAT
20%10%Italian Government 10 year BTP

Collateral rates for margin trading

Please note, from 14 October 2019 at 14:00 GMT, only clients who are classified as Professional are allowed to use non-cash collateral (e.g. stocks/bonds) for margin trading.
Clients who are classified as Retail, are required to use cash as collateral for margin trading.

Saxo Bank allows a percentage of the investment in certain Stocks and ETFs to be used as collateral for margin trading activities. The collateral value of a stock or ETF position depends on the rating of the individual stocks or ETFs – please see conversion table below.

Rating
1
2
3
4
5
6
Collateral value of position
75%
50%
50%
25%
0%
0%

Example: 75% of the value of a position in a Stock or ETF with Rating 1 can be used as collateral (instead of cash) to trade margin products such as Forex, CFDs, Futures and Options. Please note that Saxo Bank reserves the right to decrease or remove the use of Stock or ETF investment as collateral for large position sizes, or stock portfolios considered to be of very high risk.

For a complete list of available stocks, ratings and collateral values, please click here.

For a complete list of available ETFs, ratings and collateral values, please click here.

Saxo Bank allows a percentage of the investment in certain bonds to be used as collateral for margin trading activities.

The collateral value of a bond position depends on the rating of the individual bond, as outlined below:

Rating definition*Collateral percentage
Highest Rating (AAA)95%
Very High Quality (AA)90%
High Quality (A)80%

 

* as rated internally by Saxo Bank

Example: 80% of the market value of a bond position with an A rating can be used as collateral (instead of cash) to trade margin products such as Forex, CFDs or Futures and Options.

Please note that Saxo Bank reserves the right to decrease or remove the use of bond positions as collateral.

For further guidance or to request the rating and collateral treatment of a specific or potential bond position, please send an email to fixedincome@saxobank.com or contact your account executive.

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