Interactive Brokers braces for election volatility by telling clients to put up more cash


In this photo illustration, the Interactive Brokers LLC logo seen displayed on a smartphone.

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Market action around the election is expected to be so volatile that Interactive Brokers is forcing clients to put up more money in order to trade using leverage.

The retail broker is increasing margin requirements — how much money an investor using leverage and derivatives has in their brokerage account after a stock purchase — heading into the November presidential election, according to a clients letter obtained by CNBC. 

“Elevated option implied volatilities indicate that the markets will be confronting elevated volatility both before and after…


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