Customers who maintain a balanced portfolio of hedged positions could benefit from lower margin requirements and greater leverage using IB's Portfolio Margin account.
Customers who are currently approved for options trading and who maintain an account minimum of USD 110,000 are eligible to apply for an account upgrade to Portfolio Margin. Portfolio Margin is calculated for cash and equity products only; futures margin is always calculated and applied separately using the SPAN margin algorithm.
Please note that Portfolio Margin upgrades are subject to review, and may be declined for various reasons including a noted increase in your margin requirements upon upgrade of an account from Regulation T to Portfolio Margin.
Approval may take several days, and you will be notified by email when your request is approved. If the request is declined due to an increase in margin under Portfolio Margin, you will be informed via a Customer Service Help Ticket, and may respond accordingly.