Limited Margin IRA Accounts

What is IRA Limited Margin?

IRA Limited Margin (ILM) allows you to trade in margin without triggering trading restrictions, such as good faith violations, typically received in a cash account. ILM does not allow for borrowing against existing holdings, account leveraging, creating cash or margin debits, short selling of securities, or selling naked options. It allows for day trading of stocks and limited options (supplemental limited margin and option agreement required) in the IRA.

The following IRA registrations are eligible for Limited Margin:

Traditional IRA
Rollover IRA
Roth IRA
SEP IRA
SIMPLE IRA


How does an account qualify for ILM?

The qualifying IRA must have all required IRA Account paperwork including:


Minimum account equity balance of $2,000 and
Supplemental Limited Margin and Option Agreement
What type of trading is allowed in an ILM Account?
Long Purchase Trading
Covered Call Options Trades
Day trading up to 4X (If an account become a PDT the account must have minimum equity of at least $25,000)


What type of activities or trading is not allowed in an ILM Account?
 
No overnight leverage and no borrowing
No debit balances
No Short Selling
No Naked Call Options trading


How does the trading occur in the account?

Once all agreements have been processed by Apex, ILM is immediately available on the account if the account’s total value is greater than $2,000. The account position(s) and cash are moved from the cash account (Type 1) to the margin account (Type 2). The system in the overnight process will then calculate all of the assets held in the account to determine the maintenance requirement and issue available Day Trading Buying Power (DTBP). Please note there is no intraday calculation based upon liquidated positions or based upon intraday cash deposits.

What does Day Trading Buying Power mean?


This means the amount available given to the account to trade throughout the day one-time without requiring additional funds or securities.


Can the account receive a margin call?

Yes, if the account exceeds its available buying power, if the account goes into a negative equity balance or the account has been flagged as a Pattern Day Trader (PDT).


How can the account get into a negative equity balance?

The account loses on a trade and doesn’t have sufficient funds to cover the loss.
The account is charged a fee and doesn’t have sufficient funds or equity to cover the fee.


What is a Pattern Day Trader (PDT)?


This means an account has executed four or more day trades within a five business day period.