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tradeMONSTER has announced new margin rates effective January 15, 2013. As you can see in the tables below, there are significant increases for each client balance range. However, even with these increases, their margin rates are still effectively less than the big five brokerages (TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Charles Schwab, Fidelity, and Scottrade). Fed funds rate is currently at 0.25% as of this posting.

Current tradeMONSTER 2012 Margin Rates

Balance Margin Rate
$0.01 – $24,999 Fed Funds + 3.50%
$25,000 – $49,999 Fed Funds + 3.50%
$50,000 – $99,999 Fed Funds + 2.75%
$100,000 – $249,999 Fed Funds + 2.75%
$250,000 – $999,999 Fed Funds + 2.00%
>$1,000,000 Fed Funds + 1.25%

New tradeMONSTER Margin Rates, Effective January 15, 2013

Balance Margin Rate
$0.01 – $24,999 Fed Funds + 6.25%
$25,000 – $49,999 Fed Funds + 5.75%
$50,000 – $99,999 Fed Funds + 5.25%
$100,000 – $249,999 Fed Funds + 4.75%
$250,000 – $999,999 Fed Funds + 3.75%
>$1,000,000 Fed Funds + 2.75%