At Kraken Futures we use Initial Margin (IM) and Maintenance Margin (MM) to manage the credit risk arising from open positions.
The larger a trader's position, the more liquidity is required to unwind that position in the event of an adverse price move.
Additionally, the more volatile a currency pair, the higher the margin that is required to withstand typical price moves. IM and MM are therefore a function of both, contract type and of position size, as shown in the following tables:
Multi-Collateral Perpetual Linear Futures Contract Margin Levels and Limits
Multi-Collateral Futures Margin Schedule uses a Margin Category system. Each contract has a Margin Category labelled Class A through Class G, with Class A offering the highest maximum leverage and Class G offering the lowest. Position sizes are displayed in USD below:
|Category||Level I||Level II||Level III||Level IV||Level V||Level VI|
|Class A||0 - $500,000||$500,000 - $2,000,000||$2,000,000 - $5,000,000||$5,000,000 - $10,000,000||$10,000,000 - $30,000,000||$30,000,000+|
|Class B||0 - $250,000||$250,000 - $500,000||$500,000 - $2,000,000||$2,000,000 - $5,000,000||$5,000,000 - $10,000,000||$10,000,000+|
|Class C||-||0 - $250,000||$250,000 - $1,000,000||$1,000,000 - $2,000,000||-||$2,000,000+|
|Class D||-||-||0 - $250,000||-||$250,000 - $1,250,000||$1,250,000+|
|Class E||-||-||-||0 - $100,000||$100,000 - $750,000||$750,000+|
|Class F||-||-||-||-||0 - $100,000||$100,000+|
|Class G||-||-||-||-||-||$0 +|
See Multi-Collateral Contract Specifications for Margin Categories and Maximum Position Sizes in Base units.
Note: Margin percentages in multi-collateral futures are based on the value of the collateral currency at entry price. Margin requirements and maximum position size are calculated for each instrument individually per contract’s collateral.
You are long 20 BTC contracts (Class A) and 750 SOL contracts (Class B).
Your entry price for your 20 BTC position was 35,000 (700,000 USD equivalent) and the entry price for your 750 SOL position was 100 (75,000 USD equivalent).
Your IM requirement for the position in the BTC perpetual will be 2% for the first 500,000 USD and 4% for the remaining 200,000 USD, resulting in an average IM of 2.57%.
Your IM requirement for the position in the Class B will be 2%.
Kraken Futures reserve the right to update the margin schedule at any time without warning. Note that if there is not sufficient margin in a trader’s wallet to meet updated requirements, position(s) can be liquidated.
Last updated: 8-Nov-2022
For information on single-collateral inverse futures margining details, see Inverse Futures Margin Schedule & Maximum Leverage
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