Interest Rates

Margin Interest Rates:

Margin account debits will accrue interest on a daily basis, and will be charged monthly. The rate is based upon the Broker Call (Call Money) Rate, and varies according to the current debit balance.

MARGIN INTEREST RATE TABLE
   Debit Balance Tier Interest Rate
$0 to $49,999 4.75% (Broker Call +2.75%)
$50,000 to $99,999 4.00% (Broker Call +2.00%)
$100,000 to $249,999 3.25% (Broker Call +1.25%)
$250,000 to $499,999
2.375% (Broker Call +0.375%)
$500,000 to $999,999 1.75% (Broker Call -0.25%)
$1,000,000 & over 1.50% (Broker Call -0.50%)

As of March 16, 2020, the broker call rate is 2.00%. This rate is published in financial newspapers.

Short Sale Interest Borrowing Charges (Stock Loan Fee):

For short sales on stocks, there may be interest-like fees (known in the industry as "negative rebates") associated with carrying the short position. This interest will accrue from settlement date of the short sale until settlement date of the buy-to-cover. The charge will levied at the end of the month.  The description of the entry will reference a Stock Loan Fee (STK LN FEE).

The formula for the interest calculation will be: (Market Value x Rate x # of days) / 360.
For example: ($10,000 principal x 1% interest rate x 7-day holding period) divided by 360 days = $1.94.
i.e. Feb 1st, sold short 400 XYZ Corp at $25 per share. Feb 7th, bought to cover 400 XYZ at $25 per share.
In the above example, a $10,000 short position, with a 1% rate, was held for seven days, before covering. At the end of the month, a fee of $1.94 would be charged to the account.  

Most easy-to-borrow (ETB) stocks have a nominal interest rate charged in order to carry the position. Stocks considered hard-to-borrow may have a significant interest rate charged in order to carry the position, in addition to a "locate fee" for finding stock for shorting.

To check the approximate interest rate for a particular stock, or any other questions, please contact us


A negative cash balance in a Cash account is subject to an interest charge. Interest on any debit balance will start accruing after settlement date of a purchase. It is possible a debit balance may also be created as the result of a fee charge. The interest rate shall be equal to the Axos Clearing Base Rate (ACBR) plus 300 basis points. Contact us with any questions.


Disclaimer: Trading Direct is a deep-discount broker, who does not provide investment advice. All orders are unsolicited. Use of margin entails risk, and is not suitable for all investors.  Clients may make or lose money with investments. Obtain and review a Margin Agreement & Disclosure Statement from the Document Center, or contact us with any questions.