Standard Margin

Standard margin evaluates each position’s margin in isolation, with the exception of spreads whose margin requirements can be offset for the same expiry. It is the default margin option for traders.

If a standard margin sub-acccount falls below its maintenance margin requirement, the account will be liquidated. See Liquidations for more details.

Margin Calculation

The standard margin requirement is calculated by summing an account’s margin requirement for its perpetual and option positions and then adding the value of its USDC balance and base assets (with haircut). For each market, the margin is calculated as follows:

Initial Margin = USDC Balance + Base Collateral + Perp Margin + Option Margin + Depeg Contingency + Oracle Contingency

Maintenance Margin = USDC Balance + Base Collateral + Perp Margin + Option Margin


  • Perp Margin is the margin requirement for all perpetuals in the account, calculated as a simple percentage of the underlying’s spot price. The profit and loss of said perpetuals, as well as owe/owing funding is included in this value.
  • Option Margin is the margin requirement for all options in the account, typically calculated as the sum of isolated margin for each option, with the possibility for margin offsets for spreads and other multi-legged strategies within the same expiry.
  • Depeg Contingency is extra initial margin conditionally required to protect against USDC depegging.
  • Oracle Contingency is extra initial margin conditionally required to protect against inaccurate oracle data feeds.
  • USDC Balance is the subaccount's balance of USDC (which can be positive or negative)
  • Base Collateral is the value of the base asset held in the subaccount (with a risk based haircut).

Each margin component has slightly greater initial margin requirements compared to maintenance margin requirements. This is applied via parameterization. Read the sections below for more details.

Both initial and maintenance margin are centred around zero. I.e. a sub-account is subject to liquidation if its Maintenance Margin is negative (see Liquidations for more details) and a sub-account is only able to open a new position if its final Initial Margin is positive. See the end of this page for more detail on this and risk reducing trades.


Depeg and Oracle Contingencies are typically zero and only add to initial margin requirements, i.e. they do not change margin requirements for already open positions, but may block opening new positions.

Base Collateral

Base Collateral which is simply the sum of the value of each base asset, multiplied by a risk based haircut.

Collateral(MM) = Σ (Baseₘ * BASE_DISCOUNTₘ * Spotₘ)
Collateral(IM) = Σ (Baseₘ * BASE_DISCOUNTₘ * BASE_SCALEₘ * Spotₘ)


  • Baseₘ is the account’s balance of base asset m.
  • BASE_DISCOUNTₘ is the discount factor for base asset m (0.8 for ETH and 0.75 for BTC).
  • BASE_DISCOUNT_SCALEₘ is a scale factor less than 1 used when computing the collateral value of the base asset in initial margin calculations (0.9375 for ETH, 0.93 for BTC).
  • Spotₘ is the spot price of base asset m.

Perpetuals Margin

All perpetuals have margin requirements proportional to the perpetual price. This percentage is larger when computing initial margin:

Initial Perpetual Margin = -abs(Size * 0.10 * Perpetual Price)
Maintenance Perpetual Margin = -abs(Size * 0.065 * Perpetual Price)


  • Size is the number of perpetual contracts (this number is negative for shorts).
  • Perpetual Price is the mark price of the perpetual.

Option Margin

Options are typically margined in isolation, with the exception of spreads and multi-legged strategies whose margin requirements can be offset for the same expiry.

The option margin for an account is the sum of each expiry’s margin, which is calculated by grouping positions per expiry, summing their isolated margin and offsetting spreads and multi-legged strategies where possible.

Options with different underlyings (ETH, BTC) are margined separately and then added together. I.e. the option margin of all ETH options is found, then added to that for all BTC options to get the total option margin for the subaccount. In the following, we focus on computing the option margin for a single underlying; the option margin for a subaccount with multiple underlyings is easily found given this.

Isolated Margin

The isolated margin of an option for strike price j is calculated as follows:

For long calls and puts:

Initial Isolated Option Marginⱼ = None 
Maintenance Isolated Option Marginⱼ = None

For short calls:

Initial Isolated Option Marginⱼ = n * (-max(0.15 - OTMⱼ/Spot, 0.13) * Spot + Mark Priceⱼ)
Maintenance Isolated Option Marginⱼ = n * (-0.09 * Spot + Mark Priceⱼ)

For short puts:

Initial Marginⱼ = n * (-max(max(0.15 - OTMⱼ/Spot, 0.13) * Spot
    - Mark Priceⱼ, -1.05 x Maintenance Marginⱼ))

Maintenance Marginⱼ = n * (-max(0.09 * -Mark Priceⱼ, 0.09 * Spot) + Mark Priceⱼ)


  • n is the number of short options held
  • OTM is the out-the-money amount. For calls, OTM = max(0, Strike - Spot) and for puts, OTM = max(0, Spot - Strike).
  • Spot is the spot price of the underlying base asset.
  • Mark Price is the mark-to-market value of the option calculated using Black76 with no discounting. Since the option is short, this is a negative quantity.

Note: Traders shorting out of the money put should be aware that it is possible, with a large enough spot move, for their puts to become liquidatable. This is because as the price of the spot/forward rise, so too do the maintenance margin requirements (a percentage of spot for OTMs). That is, while the put itself becomes less valuable, the margin requirements can still rise. Traders should be encouraged to either add more collateral during such periods or close out such positions.

Expiry Margin

The default margin of expiry i is calculated by summing the isolated margin of each option in the account for that expiry:

Default Initial Marginᵢ = Σ Initial Marginⱼ
Default Maintenance Marginᵢ = Σ Maintenance Marginⱼ

We also compute an offset margin for expiry i to offset spreads and other multi-legged strategies. This is made up of 2 components:

  1. The minimum intrinsic value of the expiry’s options evaluated at all strikes in with this expiry (including the zero strike).
  2. A percentage of the expiry's forward price multiplied by the number of "naked" short calls in the expiry.

Note: Naked short calls in an expiry are found by summing the net positions over all calls in the expiry and capping the result at 0, i.e.

Naked Short Call Size = -max(Number of Short Calls - Number of Long Calls, 0)

For example, if an expiry has 3 short calls on the $1600 strike and 2 long calls on the $1800 strike, then Naked Short Call Size is simply -1. Combining all of this, we have

Offset Initial Marginᵢ = min(Intrinsic Valueᵢ, 0)
    + UNPAIRED_SCALE_IM * Naked Short Call Sizeᵢ * Forward Priceᵢ

Offset Maintenance Marginᵢ = min(Intrinsic Valueᵢ, 0)
    + UNPAIRED_SCALE_MM * Naked Short Call Sizeᵢ * Forward Priceᵢ


  • Intrinsic Valueᵢ is the intrinsic value of all options in the expiry evaluated at each strike k for expiry i (including the zero strike).
  • Short Call Sizeᵢ is the number of naked short call contracts open in the expiry i.
  • Forward Priceᵢ is the forward price for the expiry i.
  • UNPAIRED_SCALE_IM = 1.2 scales naked short calls for initial margin requirements.
  • UNPAIRED_SCALE_MM = 1.1 scales naked short calls for maintenance margin requirements.

The final margin for expiry i is then the better (larger) of the default expiry margin and offset expiry margin:

Initial Marginᵢ = max(Default Initial Marginᵢ, Offset Initial Marginᵢ)
Maintenance Marginᵢ = max(Default Maintenance Marginᵢ, Offset Initial Marginᵢ)

Note that both Default Initial Margin and Offset Initial Margin are negative, so the above takes the more lenient margin requirements for the trader.

Total Margin

Finally, the total option margin for an account is the sum of each expiry’s margin:

Option Initial Margin = Σ Initial Marginᵢ
Option Maintenance Margin = Σ Maintenance Marginᵢ

Depeg Contingency

When USDC depegs from $1, additional initial margin requirements are added:

Depeg Contingency = -max(0, USDC_THRESHOLD - USDC Value) * Spot * DEPEG_FACTOR
    * (Σ Short Option Sizeⱼ + abs(Perp Size))


  • USDC Value is the market value of USDC.
  • Spot is the spot price of the underlying base asset.
  • Short Option Sizeⱼ is the absolute number of contracts for a short option with strike j in the account.
  • Perp Size is the number of perpetual contracts (this number is negative for shorts).
  • USDC_THRESHOLD = 0.99 is the threshold value of USDC that triggers a depegging event.
  • DEPEG_FACTOR = 2.0 scales the depeg contingency.

Note that this is the depeg contingency for a given underlying (say, ETH). For multiple underlying assets, the relevant asset's spot and corresponding subaccount positions are used.


When the USDC value (reported by oracle data feeds) is greater than the depegging threshold, the depeg margin requirement is $0.

Oracle Contingency

Associated to each oracle data feed is a confidence score; a metric for the feed's reliability and accuracy. When confidence scores are below a given threshold, this indicates the data feeds could be feeding inaccurate price data into the system, and the protocol automatically introduces additional initial margin requirements. Learn more about oracle data feeds here.

The oracle contingency is the sum of base, perpetual and option oracle contingencies:

Base Oracle Contingency = - CONFIDENCE_SCALE_SM * Base Balance * Spot
    * (1 - Spot Confidence) if Spot Confidence < BASE_CONF_THRESHOLD, otherwise 0
Perp Oracle Contingency = - CONFIDENCE_SCALE_SM * abs(Perp Size) * Spot
		* (1 - min(Spot Confidence, Perp Confidence))
  if min(Spot Confidence, Perp Confidence) < PERP_CONF_THRESHOLD, otherwise 0
Option Oracle Contingency = - CONFIDENCE_SCALE_SM * abs(Short Options Size) * Spot
    * (1 - min(Spot Confidence, Forward Confidence, Vol Confidence))
  if min(Spot Confidence, Forward Confidence, Vol Confidence) < OPTION_CONF_THRESHOLD, otherwise 0 


Oracle Contingency = Base + Perp + Option Oracle Contingencies


  • CONFIDENCE_SCALE_SM = 1.0 is a constant scaling factor.
  • Short Options Size is the number of short options contracts for the relevant feeds.
  • Perp Size is the number of perpetual contracts open in the account.
  • Spot Confidence is confidence score of the spot price data.
  • Forward Confidence is confidence score of the forward data.
  • Vol Confidence is confidence of the implied volatility data.
  • Perp Confidence is confidence of the perpetual price data.
  • BASE_CONF_THRESHOLD = PERP_CONF_THRESHOLD = OPTION_CONF_THRESHOLD = 0.55 represent the thresholds after which extra initial margin is added due to low confidence.

Open Interest Caps

The standard manager has a cap on the open interest of all instruments it supports. Namely:

  • (ETH, BTC) = (250, 5) base asset
  • (ETH, BTC) = (2,000,000, 100,000) options
  • (ETH, BTC) = (250,000, 12,000) perpetual contracts

These bounds can be adjusted as necessary over time. A low amount of base asset is set due to limited functionality of this instrument at launch. This will be raised when a spot market is available.

Risk Reducing Trades and Risk Assessors

On the smart contract level, the standard risk manager will allow any trade to be conducted so long as it satisfies either of the following conditions:

  • the initial margin of the portfolio after the transaction is conducted is positive (IM(post) > 0) OR
  • the trade is risk reducing

To clarify the last point, we say a trade is risk reducing if it consists of one of the following transactions:

  • Adds a long option
  • Adds a positive amount of the cash asset (USDC)
  • Adds base collateral
  • Closes a perpetual

It is highly desirable to always allow users to be able to close risky positions. For example, suppose a trader has a short ETH $1700 call with $300 of USDC as collateral. Perhaps the trader wishes to de-risk and buy back 0.5 of this call with some of their USDC.

On the smart contract layer, this transaction does not satisfy the second condition (since cash will be taken from the account to buy back the option). Further, if the option is sufficiently risky, there is no guarantee that the first condition will be satisfied either. This is problematic, since the above conditions would otherwise prohibit users from de-risking their portfolios.

This motivates the existence of risk assessors (RAs); entities permitted to skip certain risk checks (see portfolio margin) and/or allow certain trades not normally allowed by the managers.

Specifically for the standard manager, the risk assessor will have special logic to always allow users to close risky (i.e. short) positions. On-chain, the managers will always verify that all accounts have positive maintenance margin.

This means that a malicious risk assessor can never open liquidatable (nor insolvent) positions.

The worst that such a nefarious entity can do is refuse to permit users from closing risky positions (short options, etc) (but this can still be done permissionlessly on-chain).


Example 1: A simple short call

ETH is trading at $1900.


  • $2000 of USDC
  • 3.0 short ETH $1800 calls expiring in 3 weeks, mark price $120 per call.

We have:

USDC Balance = 2000

Since ETH is at $1900, we have OTM = max(0,1800-1900)=0.

Initial Margin(short calls) = 3 * (-max(0.15 - 0/1900, 0.13) * 1900 - 120) = -$1215
Maintenance Margin(short calls) = 3 * (-0.09 * 1900 - 120) = -$873


Initial Margin = -1215 + 2000 = $785
Maintenance Margin(short calls) = $1127

Since both the maintenance and initial margin are positive, the subaccount is not liquidatable and new positions may be added.

Example 2: Spread Logic


  • $2000 of USDC
  • 8 x SHORT $1700 ETH calls expiring in 2 weeks
  • 8 x LONG $1900 ETH calls expiring in 2 weeks

Assume that ETH is trading at $2100 and the 2 weekly forward at $2105.

Let’s begin by computing the default margin.

Default Margin = margin(SHORT 1700 call) + margin(LONG 1900 call)

Since long options contribute nothing to the default margin, we only have to compute the margin of the short $1700 call.

Assuming a 0% interest rate and an implied volatility of 92.5%. Then the mark price of the $1700 call is $425. We have:

Default Initial Margin = 8 * (-max(0.15 - 0/2100, 0.13) * 2100 - 425) = -5920
Default Maintenance Margin = 8 * (-0.09 * 2100 - 425) = -4912

Next, we compute the offset margin. In the 2 week expiry there are 8 long calls and 8 short calls; thus, there are no naked calls. We compute the intrinsic value at all relevant strikes (0, $1700, $1900) in the table below:

StrikeIntrinsic Value

Thus, we have

Offset Margin = -1600


Initial Option Marginᵢ = max(-5920, -1600) = -1600
Maintenance Option Marginᵢ = max(-4912, -1600) = -1600

and so both the initial and maintenance option margin are -$1600. We thus have

Initial Margin = -1600 + 2000 = +400 
Maintenance Margin = -1600 + 2000 = +400

Example 3: Multi Asset Account


  • $25000 USDC
  • 8 x SHORT $1700 ETH calls expiring in 2 weeks
  • 8 x LONG $1900 ETH calls expiring in 2 weeks
  • 7 x LONG BTC perpetuals (with no unrealized PNL or funding)

Assume that ETH is trading at $2100 (as in the above example with 2 weekly forward at $2105) and BTC (and its perpetual) are trading at $28,000.

Using the above example, we know

Initial Option Margin(ETH) = -1600
Maintenance Option Margin(ETH) = -1600

To find the same quantities for BTC, we know

Initial Margin(BTC Perp)= -7 * 0.10 * 28000 = -19600
Maintenance Margin(BTC Perp) = -7 * 0.065 * 28000 = -12740

Thus, the total margin requirements for the account are:

Initial Margin = 25000 + -1600 + -19600 = 3800
Maintenance Margin = 25000 + -1600 + -12740 = 10660

Example 4: General Case

Consider the same subaccount as in example 3, but now assume:

  • The confidence of the BTC perp feed decreases to 0.50 (below the threshold of 0.55) and
  • The market price of USDC depegs to $0.7.

Let’s now compute the confidence and depeg margins. We have

Perp Confidence Margin(BTC) = -1.0 * 7 * 28000 * (1 - 0.5) = -98000

For depeg margin, we have

Depeg Margin(ETH) = -Max(0, 0.99 - 0.7) * 2100 * 2.0 * (8) = -9744
Depeg Margin(BTC) = -Max(0, 0.99 - 0.7) * 28000 * 2.0 * (7) = -113680

So the margin requirements of the subaccount become

Initial Margin= 25000 + -1600 + -19600 + -98000 + -9744 + -113680 = -217624
Maintenance Margin = 25000 + -1600 + -12740 = 10660