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Europe to Europe CFDs Margin Requirements

CFDs Margin Overview

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage.

63.7% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with IBKR.

You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

CFDs Margin Requirements


Legal residents of the US, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Israel are prohibited from trading IBKR UK-issued CFDs. Residents of Spain can trade CFDs issued by IBUK if they are either MiFID Professionals or clients of a Spanish Introducing Broker or Professional Financial Advisor. Residents of Australia can trade CFDs issued by Interactive Brokers Australia PTY LTD. Residents of Japan can trade CFDs issued by IBKR Securities Japan (IBSJ). Singapore residents can trade CFDs except those based on underlyings traded in Singapore.

CFDs are global products and not connected to a specific country or region. The margin requirements are outlined in the section below, but may be subject to change depending on the rules of local regulators.

Share CFDs Margin

Retail Clients
Share CFDs Initial Margin Maintenance Margin
Standard IBKR Margin 1.25 x Maintenance Margin Risk-based calculation described below (minimum 10%)
ESMA Minimum 20% 50% of Initial
Applied Margin Max (IBKR Initial, ESMA Initial) Max (IBKR Maintenance, ESMA Maintenance)

Stock CFDs IB MM IB IM ESMA Min. IM Applied IM Applied MM
Stock A 10% 12.50% 20% 20.00% 10%
Stock B 15% 18.80% 20% 20.00% 15%
Stock C 20% 25.00% 20% 25.00% 20%
Stock D 30% 37.50% 20% 37.50% 30%

Professional Clients
Initial Margin Maintenance Margin
Share CFDs 1.25 x Maintenance Margin Risk-based calculation described below (minimum 10%)

IBKR Maintenance and Initial Margin Requirements for Share CFDs

We establish a risk-based margin for each CFD individually based on the observed historical volatility of the underlying share. Specifically, we calculate five historical standard deviations (based on 30 days' price history) to determine the standard maintenance margin, subject to a minimum margin of 10% (without correlation-based off-sets). The resultant margin rates apply position by position. In the majority of cases the minimum margin of 10% is applied.

In certain cases IBKR may, at its discretion, establish special margin rates for individual CFDs that are higher than those indicated by our standard methodology.

The following house charges may apply in addition to standard margins:

  • Large Position Charge - If a position is greater than the equivalent of 0.5% of the market capitalization of a share, a large position charge applies. The required margin grows linearly from the risk-based margin to 100% when the share of market capitalization grows from 0.5% to 2%.
  • Short Cheap Stock Charge - A short cheap stock charge is applied for short CFDs on shares with market capitalizations below $500 million. The required margin grows linearly from 30% to 100% as the market capitalization decreases from $500 to $250 million. For market capitalizations between $250 and $100 million, the required margin is 100%, subject to a minimum of $2.50.

Concentration Minimum

In cases where a portfolio consists of a small number of CFD positions or if the two largest positions have a dominant weight, a concentration charge is applied instead of the standard maintenance margin described above.

We stress the portfolio by applying a 30% adverse move on the two largest positions and a 5% adverse move on the remaining positions. The total loss is applied as the maintenance margin requirement if it is greater than the standard requirement.

The initial margin is the maintenance charge + 10%.

Index CFDs Margin

Retail Clients
Index CFDs Initial Margin Maintenance Margin
Standard IBKR Margin 1.25 x Maintenance Margin As for the related future (minimum 5% or 5 standard deviations). A 50% reduction applies intraday (details below)
ESMA Minimum 5% for Major Indices*
10% for Other Indices
50% of Initial
Applied Margin Max (IBKR Initial, ESMA Initial) Max (IBKR Maintenance, ESMA Maintenance)

Index CFDs IB MM IB IM ESMA Min. IM Applied IM Applied MM
Major - IBUS500 5% 6.25% 5% 6.25% 5%
Major - IBDE30 7.50% 9.38% 5% 9.38% 7.5%
Minor - IBCH20 7.50% 9.38% 10% 10.00% 7.50%

Metals CFDs Initial Margin Maintenance Margin
Standard IBKR Margin Gold 6.25%
Silver 14.85%
Gold 5%
Silver 9%
ASIC Minimum Gold 5%
Silver 10%
50% of Initial
Applied Margin Max (IBKR Initial, ESMA Initial) Max (IBKR Maintenance, ESMA Maintenance)


* Major indices are IBUS500, IBUS30, IBUST100, IBGB100, IBEU50, IBDE30, IBFR40, IBJP225, and IBAU200.

Professional Clients
Initial Margin Maintenance Margin
Index CFDs 1.25 x Maintenance Margin As for the related future (minimum 5% or 5 standard deviations). A 50% reduction applies intraday (details below)
Metals CFDs Gold 6.25%
Silver 14.85%
Gold 5%
Silver 9%

Intraday Maintenance Margin Requirements
(Professional Clients)

The maintenance margin requirement for Index CFDs is:

  • The overnight maintenance margin for the related future, adjusted for size.
  • Subject to an overall minimum of 5% or 5 historical standard deviations, whichever is greater.
  • The resulting requirement is reduced by 50% during the liquid trading hours of the related future. Full maintenance margin-enforcement will begin 15 minutes before the end of liquid hours.
  • The intraday margin reduction is not available to clients classified as Retail Clients.
Index CFD Liquid Hours Total Hours Time Zone
IBUS500 09:30 - 16:00 03:00 - 16:00 EST
IBUS30 09:30 - 16:00 03:00 - 16:00 EST
IBUST100 09:30 - 16:00 03:00 - 16:00 EST
IBGB100 08:00 - 16:30 08:00 - 21:00 GMT
IBDE30 09:00 - 22:00 09:00 - 22:00 CET
IBEU50 09:00 - 22:00 09:00 - 22:00 CET
IBFR40 09:00 - 18:15 09:00 - 22:00 CET
IBES35 09:00 - 17:35 09:00 - 20:00 CET
IBCH20 09:00 - 17:27 09:00 - 22:00 CET
IBNL25 09:00 - 17:30 09:00 - 22:00 CET
IBJP225 09:00 - 15:00 09:00 - 15:00 JST
IBHK50 09:30 - 16:00 09:30 - 16:00 HKT
IBAU200 10:00 - 16:00 10:00 - 16:00 EDT

Forex CFDs Margin

Forex CFD margins are determined for each currency pair on a per contract basis without regard to other Forex balances held in the account, including Spot FX.

Retail Clients
Forex CFDs Initial Margin Maintenance Margin
Standard IBKR Margin Per table below Per table below
ESMA Minimum 3.33% for Major Currency Pairs*
5% for Other Pairs
50% of Initial
Applied Margin Max (IBKR Initial, ESMA Initial) Max (IBKR Maintenance, ESMA Maintenance)


* Major currency pairs are any combination of USD, EUR, JPY, GBP, CAD, and CHF. Any other combination is not, e.g. AUD.USD, SGD.CNH.

Professional Clients
Initial Margin Maintenance Margin
Forex CFDs Per table below Per table below

IBKR Margins

Symbol Product Description Symbol Currency IBKR Initial Margin IBKR Maintenance Margin
AUD.CAD Australian dollar AUD.CAD CAD 3% 3%
AUD.CHF Australian dollar AUD.CHF CHF 3% 3%
AUD.CNH Australian dollar AUD.CNH CNH 8% 6%
AUD.HKD Australian dollar AUD.HKD HKD 7% 6%
AUD.JPY Australian dollar AUD.JPY JPY 3% 3%
AUD.NZD Australian dollar AUD.NZD NZD 3% 3%
AUD.SGD Australian dollar AUD.SGD SGD 5% 5%
AUD.USD Australian dollar AUD.USD USD 3% 3%
AUD.ZAR Australian dollar AUD.ZAR ZAR 10% 7%
GBP.AUD British pound GBP.AUD AUD 3.75% 3%
GBP.CAD British pound GBP.CAD CAD 3.75% 3%
GBP.CHF British pound GBP.CHF CHF 3.75% 3%
GBP.CNH British pound GBP.CNH CNH 8% 6%
GBP.DKK British pound GBP.DKK DKK 10% 5%
GBP.HKD British pound GBP.HKD HKD 7% 6%
GBP.JPY British pound GBP.JPY JPY 3.75% 3%
GBP.MXN British pound GBP.MXN MXN 10% 6%
GBP.NOK British pound GBP.NOK NOK 3.75% 3%
GBP.NZD British pound GBP.NZD NZD 3.75% 3%
GBP.SEK British pound GBP.SEK SEK 3.75% 3%
GBP.USD British pound GBP.USD USD 3.75% 3%
GBP.ZAR British pound GBP.ZAR ZAR 10% 7%
CAD.CHF Canadian dollar CAD.CHF CHF 3% 3%
CAD.CNH Canadian dollar CAD.CNH CNH 8% 6%
CAD.HKD Canadian dollar CAD.HKD HKD 7% 6%
CAD.JPY Canadian dollar CAD.JPY JPY 3% 3%
CNH.HKD Chinese Renminbi - Offshore CNH.HKD HKD 8% 6%
CNH.JPY Chinese Renminbi - Offshore CNH.JPY JPY 8% 6%
DKK.JPY Danish krone DKK.JPY JPY 10% 5%
DKK.NOK Danish krone DKK.NOK NOK 10% 5%
DKK.SEK Danish krone DKK.SEK SEK 10% 5%
EUR.AUD European Monetary Union Euro EUR.AUD AUD 3% 3%
EUR.CAD European Monetary Union Euro EUR.CAD CAD 3% 3%
EUR.CHF European Monetary Union Euro EUR.CHF CHF 3% 3%
EUR.CNH European Monetary Union Euro EUR.CNH CNH 8% 6%
EUR.CZK European Monetary Union Euro EUR.CZK CZK 5% 5%
EUR.DKK European Monetary Union Euro EUR.DKK DKK 10% 5%
EUR.GBP European Monetary Union Euro EUR.GBP GBP 3.75% 3%
EUR.HKD European Monetary Union Euro EUR.HKD HKD 7% 6%
EUR.HUF European Monetary Union Euro EUR.HUF HUF 5% 5%
EUR.ILS European Monetary Union Euro EUR.ILS ILS 5% 5%
EUR.JPY European Monetary Union Euro EUR.JPY JPY 3% 3%
EUR.MXN European Monetary Union Euro EUR.MXN MXN 10% 6%
EUR.NOK European Monetary Union Euro EUR.NOK NOK 3% 3%
EUR.NZD European Monetary Union Euro EUR.NZD NZD 3% 3%
EUR.PLN European Monetary Union Euro EUR.PLN PLN 5% 5%
EUR.RUB European Monetary Union Euro EUR.RUB RUB 100% 30%
EUR.SEK European Monetary Union Euro EUR.SEK SEK 3% 3%
EUR.SGD European Monetary Union Euro EUR.SGD SGD 5% 5%
EUR.USD European Monetary Union Euro EUR.USD USD 3% 3%
EUR.ZAR European Monetary Union Euro EUR.ZAR ZAR 10% 7%
HKD.JPY Hong Kong dollar HKD.JPY JPY 7% 6%
MXN.JPY Mexican Peso MXN.JPY JPY 10% 6%
NZD.CAD New Zealand dollar NZD.CAD CAD 3% 3%
NZD.CHF New Zealand dollar NZD.CHF CHF 3% 3%
NZD.JPY New Zealand dollar NZD.JPY JPY 3% 3%
NZD.USD New Zealand dollar NZD.USD USD 3% 3%
NOK.JPY Norwegian krone NOK.JPY JPY 3% 3%
NOK.SEK Norwegian krone NOK.SEK SEK 3% 3%
ZAR.JPY South African Rand ZAR.JPY JPY 10% 7%
SEK.JPY Swedish krona SEK.JPY JPY 3% 3%
CHF.CNH Swiss franc CHF.CNH CNH 8% 6%
CHF.DKK Swiss franc CHF.DKK DKK 10% 5%
CHF.JPY Swiss franc CHF.JPY JPY 3% 3%
CHF.NOK Swiss franc CHF.NOK NOK 3% 3%
CHF.SEK Swiss franc CHF.SEK SEK 3% 3%
CHF.ZAR Swiss franc CHF.ZAR ZAR 10% 7%
USD.CAD United States dollar USD.CAD CAD 2.5% 2.5%
USD.CHF United States dollar USD.CHF CHF 3% 3%
USD.CNH United States dollar USD.CNH CNH 8% 6%
USD.CZK United States dollar USD.CZK CZK 5% 5%
USD.DKK United States dollar USD.DKK DKK 10% 5%
USD.HKD United States dollar USD.HKD HKD 7% 6%
USD.HUF United States dollar USD.HUF HUF 5% 5%
USD.ILS United States dollar USD.ILS ILS 5% 5%
USD.JPY United States dollar USD.JPY JPY 3% 3%
USD.MXN United States dollar USD.MXN MXN 10% 6%
USD.NOK United States dollar USD.NOK NOK 3% 3%
USD.PLN United States dollar USD.PLN PLN 5% 5%
USD.RUB United States dollar USD.RUB RUB 100% 30%
USD.SEK United States dollar USD.SEK SEK 3% 3%
USD.SGD United States dollar USD.SGD SGD 5% 5%
USD.ZAR United States dollar USD.ZAR ZAR 10% 7%

Additional Europe Margin Requirements for Residents of Europe

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