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Why does Zerodha increase Intraday margins for MIS and CO on days when the market is volatile?

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This is done to ensure that there are enough funds to cover any losses that any client can create. If we don’t do this, we will be taking a systemic risk with all our other clients.

As a business, we are quite conservative in terms of risk. Whenever we believe there is increased volatility, the margin requirement goes up automatically.

Read this post on TradingQ&A for a detailed explanation. Also, refer to the Margin Calculator to know the margin requirements and changes.