What is margin utilisation?
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Margin utilization represents the proportion of margin collateral you have used for trading on margin. If the margin utilization exceeds 100%, it triggers a margin call, which poses the risk of active positions being either reduced or liquidated.

The formula for calculating margin utilization is:

Margin Utilization (%) = 100 * (Used Margin) (Cash Balances + Total Trades Value)

For example:

Account Value (NAV) = $132,164 (Total Cash Balances + Total Trades Value)

Used Margin (Sum of $ margin) = $133,654


MU% = 101% (133,654 / 132,164 * 100)

This indicates that the account is experiencing a margin call and requires positions to be reduced.

EXANTE applies two types of leverage rates for the instruments:

  • The standard leverage rate represents the percentage of the asset value held as a margin. For instance, a 30% Leverage Rate means that 30% of the asset's value is blocked as a Used margin in the account.

  • The Concentration Rate is a penalty for having too much of your funds concentrated in a single asset. A 50% Concentration Rate indicates that your position would be considered concentrated if your Net Asset Value (NAV) falls below 50% of the asset's value. In such cases, the percentage of funds used for margin will increase to the Concentration Rate value. More information on Concentration Rate can be obtained here.

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