trading commodity futures “margin” is the amount of money that you need to have in your account to put on a contract.
Margin is essentially a performance bond or good faith money to guarantee against an adverse movement in your position. The
levels are set by the exchanges based on market conditions and can be changed at any time.
The initial margin is the amount of money that needs to be
in the account to initiate a trade in the gold futures market.
Initial Margin: $5,808
The maintenance margin is the minimum equity that must be maintained in the account. If the equity
drops below the maintenance margin, a deposit must be made to bring the account back up to the initial margin.
Gold Futures Maintenance Margin: $4,302