Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Sector Margin Requirements

Due to increased event risk in the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical sectors, margin requirements which take into consideration the market capitalization of the individual security will go into effect starting October 11, 2016. These Initial, Maintenance and Short position margin requirements are outlined in the table below.  Please note that these represent minimum requirements and individual securities may be subject to other house charges which may result in a higher Initial, Maintenance or Short margin requirement.  In the event that a company's market cap increases to a new range, there are several variables that will be considered prior to reducing the margin requirement.  

Please refer to KB644 to learn about the Preview Order/Check Margin feature which offers the ability to review the projected margin impact of an order prior to its transmission.