I agree that RE should allow equity margin requirements to be set by the user, to accommodate various situations, including ignoring the issue altogether, or incorporating rules that may vary over time or by trading venue regarding long or short trades, and also non-margin accounts, margin accounts for trades held overnight, daytrading margin accounts for intraday trades, etc. And of course the short position doubling bug needs to be fixed.
I tried voting on this, but when I clicked on the number of votes I wanted to allocate, nothing happened, and I tried this repeatedly. I successfully voted previously on other matters.
Fully simulating margin handling, including maintenance margins as the stock price changes, may expand the scope of this project, so perhaps it can be split into phases, with the easy-to-implement part done soon.
Friday March 13 2009 by