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9.3 Margin Account Transactions

Learn about margin accounts used for long and short margin positions, how to interpret the impact of price changes, and the process involving interest calculations on margin loans.

Margin Account Transactions

In this section, we explore the workings of margin accounts, focusing on the establishment of long and short margin positions, and the impact of price changes on these positions.

2 | Establishing Long and Short Margin Positions

Long Margin Position

A long margin position allows an investor to partially finance the purchase of securities by borrowing money from the dealer. The assumption behind a long margin purchase is that the price of the security will increase over time, enabling the investor to sell the security at a higher price for profit.

Short Margin Position

A short margin position allows an investor to sell borrowed securities with the expectation that the price of the security will decrease. The strategy here is to buy back the shares at a lower price and return them to the lender, profiting from the price difference.

Establishing a Margin Account

Before transacting on a margin account, the dealer member must require clients to complete and sign a Margin Account Agreement Form. Not all dealer members offer margin accounts, so availability may vary.

3 | Impact of Price Changes on Long and Short Margin Requirements

The impact of price changes in long and short positions is crucial for maintaining adequate margin levels in the account.

Long Margin Scenario Example

Assume you decide to buy 100 shares of Company X on margin at a price of $50 per share:

  • Initial Purchase: 100 shares x $50 = $5000
  • Initial Deposit (50% margin): $2500
  • Loan from Dealer: $2500

If the stock price rises to $60 per share, your equity increases:

  • New Value: 100 shares x $60 = $6000
  • Loan: $2500
  • New Equity: $6000 - $2500 = $3500

If the price drops to $40 per share, your equity drops, potentially triggering a margin call:

  • New Value: 100 shares x $40 = $4000
  • Loan: $2500
  • New Equity: $4000 - $2500 = $1500

Short Margin Scenario Example

Assume you short 100 shares of Company Y at $70 per share:

  • Initial Sale: 100 shares x $70 = $7000
  • Initial Deposit: $7000 (held in margin account)

If the stock price falls to $60 per share, your position profits:

  • New Value: 100 shares x $60 = $6000
  • Profit: $7000 - $6000 = $1000

If the price increases to $80 per share, losses occur and a margin call may be triggered to meet margin requirements:

  • New Value: 100 shares x $80 = $8000
  • Loss: $8000 - $7000 = $1000

Interest Calculation

Interest on margin loans is calculated daily and charged monthly using the prevailing rates determined by the dealer. The formula for daily interest is as follows:

$$ \text{Daily Interest} = \left(\frac{\text{Annual Interest Rate}}{365}\right) \times \text{Debit Balance} $$

This amount accumulates daily and is invoiced at the end of every month.

Key Takeaways

  • Margin Accounts allow partial funding of securities through loans from dealers.
  • Long Margin Positions involve buying securities with the hope of price appreciation.
  • Short Margin Positions involve borrowing and selling securities with the expectation of price decline.
  • Price Changes significantly impact margin requirements and equity levels within the account.
  • Interest Calculation on margin loans uses daily rates based on the loan’s outstanding balance.

Glossary

  • Margin: The initial equity or money required by an investor to transact in margin accounts.
  • Long Position: Purchasing securities with the intent of selling them at a higher price in the future.
  • Short Position: Selling borrowed securities with the aim of buying them back at a lower price.
  • Margin Call: A broker’s demand for an investor to deposit extra money or securities to cover potential losses.
  • Debit Balance: The amount of money borrowed in a margin account.
  • Equity: The net value of an investment after accounting for all outstanding debts.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the minimum deposit required for a margin account?
    • The minimum deposit may vary by dealer but typically ranges from 25% to 50% of the total transaction value.
  2. What triggers a margin call?
    • A margin call is triggered when the equity in the margin account falls below the maintenance margin requirement set by the dealer.
  3. How is daily interest on a margin loan calculated?
    • Daily interest is calculated using the formula: ( \left(\frac{\text{Annual Interest Rate}}{365}\right) \times \text{Debit Balance} ).

Charts

Below is an example chart for visualizing the impact of price changes on the equity in a long margin position:

    
	graph LR
	    A[Initial Purchase] -->|Price Rises to $60| B[Increased Equity to $3500]
	    A -->|Price Drops to $40 | C[Reduced Equity to $1500]

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## In a margin account transaction, what does the term "margin" refer to? - [ ] The total market value of the securities - [ ] The interest rate on the loan - [x] The amount of funds the investor must personally provide - [ ] The profit made from the transaction > **Explanation:** The word "margin" refers to the amount of funds the investor must personally provide in a margin account transaction. ## What must an investor provide to establish a margin account with a dealer member? - [x] Authorized Margin Account Agreement Form - [ ] A certified financial statement - [ ] Proof of employment - [ ] A minimum investment of $10,000 > **Explanation:** An investor must provide an authorized Margin Account Agreement Form to establish a margin account with a dealer member. ## In a margin account, who lends the remaining amount of the market value of the securities to the client? - [ ] The Canadian government - [ ] The investor's employer - [x] The investment dealer - [ ] A private investor > **Explanation:** The investment dealer lends the remaining amount of the market value of the securities to the client in a margin account. ## How is interest on a margin loan calculated and charged? - [ ] Weekly and charged annually - [x] Daily on the debit balance and charged monthly - [ ] Monthly on the total market value of the securities - [ ] Annually on the initial deposit > **Explanation:** Interest on a margin loan is calculated daily on the debit balance in the account and charged monthly. ## Which type of margin position allows investors to borrow money to purchase securities? - [x] Long margin position - [ ] Short margin position - [ ] Covered margin position - [ ] Neutral margin position > **Explanation:** A long margin position allows investors to partially finance the purchase of securities by borrowing money from the dealer. ## What is the expectation of an investor when taking a long margin position? - [ ] That the price of the security will fall - [x] That the price of the security will rise - [ ] That the interest rates will decrease - [ ] That dividends will be issued > **Explanation:** Investors buy on margin with the expectation that the price of the security will rise. ## Which type of margin position involves selling borrowed securities? - [ ] Long margin position - [x] Short margin position - [ ] Neutral margin position - [ ] Covered margin position > **Explanation:** A short margin position allows investors to sell borrowed securities in the expectation that the price will fall. ## How does a short margin position result in profit for the investor? - [ ] By receiving higher dividends - [ ] By buying securities at a higher price - [x] By buying back the shares at a lower price - [ ] By lowering interest rates on the loan > **Explanation:** In a short margin position, the investor profits by buying back the shares at a lower price after selling borrowed securities. ## What impact do rising security prices have on the margin requirements of a long margin position? - [x] Increases the equity in the account - [ ] Decreases the interest rate on the loan - [ ] Eliminates the margin requirement - [ ] Reduces the loan amount required > **Explanation:** Rising security prices increase the equity in the account for a long margin position. ## Which of the following best describes the initial deposit in a margin account transaction? - [ ] It is the total market value of the securities - [x] It is a specified portion of the value of the securities - [ ] It is the profit expected from the investment - [ ] It is the amount charged as interest on the loan > **Explanation:** The initial deposit in a margin account transaction is a specified portion of the value of the securities.

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In this section

  • 9.3.1 Long Margin Accounts
    A comprehensive guide to understanding long margin accounts, including regulations, examples, risks, and frequently asked questions as per IIROC guidelines.
  • 9.3.2 Short Margin Accounts
    Comprehensive guide to short margin accounts including definitions, examples, and margin requirements. Learn about short selling, its risks, profit calculations, and industry practices.
  • 9.3.3 Risks Of Short Selling
    Understanding the various risks associated with short selling, including borrowing shares, maintaining adequate margin, liability for dividends, buy-in requirements, volatile price action, and regulatory risk.
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