Margin Trading

Trading on margin allows you to leverage securities you already own to purchase additional securities, sell securities short, protect your account from overdraft, or access a convenient line of credit.

Why choose Fidelity for margin?

  • Rates as low as 5.00%*
  • Powerful margin trading tools
  • Convenience: borrow for any reason, any time
  • Repayment flexibility

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A margin agreement is required to trade on margin.

Low rates

Our margin rates are among the most competitive in the industry—as low as 5.00%.* The rate you pay depends on your outstanding margin balance—the higher your balance, the lower the margin rate you are charged.

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Powerful tools

Margin Calculator – View any position’s current margin requirements, calculate the impact of hypothetical trades, and see how price changes can affect your margin requirements and balances.

Learn more about the margin calculator

Margin alerts – Send margin call notifications and other alerts via email, Active Trader Pro message center, or mobile device.

Real-time margin balances – Get the up-to-date information you need to make trading decisions.


Borrow for any purpose, at any time. Once you have been approved for margin borrowing, there are no additional forms to complete, application fees to pay, or loan officers to consult.

Repayment flexibility

No set repayment schedule as long as you maintain the required level of equity in your account. Interest charges on outstanding balances are posted to your account monthly. Any cash dividends (not enrolled in dividend reinvestment) and interest received will be automatically applied to your margin balance.

Opportunity to leverage assets

Margin borrowing lets you leverage securities you already own to purchase additional securities. This gives you the opportunity to amplify returns, but it can also increase risk.

Advanced options strategies

Having both a margin and an options agreement allows you to place advanced options orders such as spreads, butterflies, and uncovered options on equities, ETFs, and indexes.

Tax-deductible interest

Interest on margin loans may be tax deductible. Consult your tax advisor for details regarding your particular situation.

Is margin right for you?

Margin investing carries greater risks and may not be appropriate for every investor. Before you use margin, carefully review your investment objectives, financial resources, and risk tolerance to determine whether margin borrowing is appropriate for you.

Two of the risks associated with margin borrowing are:

  • Leverage risk
  • Maintenance call risk
Know the requirements

If the market value of the securities in your margin account declines, you may be required to deposit more money or securities in order to maintain your line of credit. If you are unable to do so, Fidelity may be required to sell all or a portion of your pledged assets.

More information

Trading FAQs: Margin Borrowing
Get more information on margin borrowing, including margin requirements, margin calls, and day trading restrictions.

View important information about using margin (PDF)