Finra hits customers with increased margins for leveraged ETFs

New US Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (Finra) rules, which came into effect on December 1, have increased the margin maintenance requirements for investors who hold leveraged exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Margin requirements will now be “commensurate with the leverage of the ETF”, according to the regulatory notice.

Existing margin costs are 25% of market value for a long fund and 30% for a short fund. This figure will now be multiplied by the leverage of the underlying fund to

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