Why cant I leave my $25,000 in my bank? The money must be in the brokerage account because that is where the trading and risk is occurring. These funds are required to support the risks associated with day-trading activities.
Do I really need 25000 to day trade?
Anyone who makes 4 or more day trades in a 5 day period is required to have at least $25,000 in their trading account, and if they dont they wont be able to make anymore margined day trades until they bring their balance up to $25,000. This rule applies to margined accounts, where the trader utilizes margin.
Why do you need a minimum to day trade?
The stock market has a legal minimum capital requirement to day trade, but there is also a recommended minimum, which may vary by the individual trading style. Traders need to have enough capital to withstand a string of losses and have the flexibility to take a wide array of trades that present various risks.
Do Robinhood day trades reset?
Your portfolio value may fluctuate above $25,000 at some point during the trading day, but we only take into account the closing balance of the previous trading day. This means you wont be able to place any day trades for 90 days unless you bring your portfolio value (minus any cryptocurrency positions) above $25,000.