BofA’s Merrill Will increase Margin to 100% to Commerce Sure Shares

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Financial institution of America Corp. elevated margin necessities to 100% for wealth administration and self-directed brokerage purchasers to commerce sure shares, with firms setting limits amid savage value swings triggered by traders on social media.

The margin necessities apply to Merrill Lynch’s wealth administration purchasers and particular person merchants utilizing the Merrill Edge platform, based on Financial institution of America. Margins for inventory market transactions are typically round 30%, though they might fluctuate relying on concentrations in shopper holdings.

“Attributable to current important value volatility, we now have carried out a 100% margin requirement on sure securities,” Financial institution of America stated Thursday in an emailed assertion. “We’ll proceed to watch the markets and will add or take away securities as circumstances come up,” he stated, with out specifying which shares have been affected.

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The actions of GameStop Corp. and AMC Leisure Holdings Inc. are topic to elevated margin necessities, based on an individual aware of the scenario. Shares are amongst those who have fluctuated, pushed by traders speaking on boards like Reddit and utilizing buying and selling apps together with Robinhood.

Earlier Thursday, Financial institution of America quickly barred its purchasers from opening new inventory positions for GameStop and AMC throughout a interval of excessive volatility, however nonetheless allowed them to exit lengthy and quick positions, the individual stated. The restrictions have now been lifted, the individual stated.

Robinhood Markets and different main on-line brokers, together with Interactive Brokers Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley’s E * Commerce, have taken the extremely uncommon step of curb the exchanges Thursday in GameStop and AMC. E * Commerce stated it plans to renew regular operations on Friday.

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