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DATE: February 10, 2014


How can I calculate the margin requirement for an options position?

Whether you buy or sell option, every options position has risk. Since different option positions have different amounts of risk, margin requirements will vary. The Margin Calculator, an investment tool available at can be very helpful when learning about margin requirements. To learn more about calculating the margin requirement of an option position using the Margin Calculator, view this segment of "Ask the Institute."