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With a margin account, you can borrow against the value of your investments – using margin-eligible securities in your RBC Direct Investing account as collateral for the loan.

What is a Margin Account?

It’s a brokerage account that lets you access additional funds by borrowing against the value of your investments. That means you have the flexibility to do more with your non-registered investments and the control to take advantage of opportunities when they arise. There’s potential for greater returns — and greater losses.

The Benefits of Opening a Margin Account:

  • Potential for increased buying power
  • The ability to access additional funds by leveraging your margin-eligible investments
  • Take advantage of investment opportunities when they arise

It’s important to note that there are also risksDisclaimer 1 associated with borrowing to invest.

At RBC Direct Investing, You Can Also…

Enjoy Competitive Interest Rates

Take advantage of competitive interest rates on margin account loans.

Choose from Many Margin-Eligible Investments

Access a wide selection of margin-eligible investments to use as collateral for a loan.

Practice Margin Trading Risk-Free

Not sure if a margin account is for you? Test the waters with a free Practice Account.

Frequently Asked Questions

Using borrowed money to finance the purchase of securities involves greater risk than using cash resources only. If you borrow money to purchase securities, your responsibility to repay the loan and pay interest as required by its terms remains the same even if the value of the securities purchased declines.

Account value is the difference between the total market value of the securities you hold in a margin account and any amount loaned to you.

The interest rate charged depends on the margin amount and the prevailing interest rate. At RBC Direct Investing it is charged directly to your account.

Interest costs may be tax-deductible in a non-registered account. Speak to your tax advisor for more information.

Learn about our competitive interest rates on borrowed funds.

RBC Direct Investing offers several ways to learn whether margin trading is right for you, including:

Read up on margin trading to stay in the loop on all things investing

Visit the Inspired Investor to take a deeper look at margin accounts — including how other investors are using them. Plus, get trading ideas and inspiration and keep up with the latest investing news and research.

Try a free Practice Account

At RBC Direct Investing, you can see if a margin account will work for you with a free Practice Account. It’s a risk-free way to test your strategy while trying out our tools and resources.

What is Short Selling and How Does it Work?

Short selling is the selling of borrowed stock, a strategy that comes with opportunities and risks.

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