Lime Trader Pricing


Stocks, ETFs, ADRs

Zero Commission Route $0.00
Extended Hours $0.003/share
Direct Access Routes $0.005/share, $1 min
OTCBB, Pink Sheets $.003/share



Single-leg $0.50/contract
Multi-leg $0.50/contract on each leg

Required Minimum Balances

Cash Accounts

Your account value must be at least $1,000* to begin trading.

Under $1,000: trading capability ceases until equity is raised (liquidation only orders)

Margin Accounts

Your account value must be at least $2,000** to begin trading.

Under $2,000: trading capability ceases until equity is raised.

*($5,000 in EDD countries)

Trading & Regulatory Fees

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Fee

SEC Section 31 transaction fees are charged by the government to recover the costs of regulating the securities markets. The fee is charged on all security sales, based on the total principal (dollar) amount sold. The current rate is 0.000008 per dollar of your sale proceeds.

For example, if you sold 100 shares of stock at $25.00 netting total proceeds of $2,500.00 you would be charged $0.02 for the transaction: (2,500 x 0.000008) = $0.02 (round up to the nearest penny).

Effective Feb 27, 2023.

Trading Activity Fee (TAF)

Trading Activity Fee rates are as follows: Each member shall pay to FINRA: (1) $0.000119 per share for each sale of a covered equity security, with a maximum charge of $5.95 per trade; (2) $0.002 per contract for each sale of an option; (3) $0.00008 per contract for each round turn transaction of a security future, provided there is a minimum charge of $0.01 per round turn transaction; In addition, if the execution price for a covered security is less than the Trading Activity Fee rate ($0.000119 for covered equity securities, $0.002 for covered option contracts, or $0.01 for a security future) on a per share, per contract, or round turn transaction basis then no fee will be assessed.

Options Regulatory Fee (ORF)

The Options Regulatory Fee (ORF) is a transaction-based fee charged by options exchanges and collected by the Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) to offset the costs of supervising and regulating the options market. This fee varies based on industry volumes and is assessed to buy and sell option orders at a rate of $0.0023 per contract. Effective Aug 4, 2020.

Other Fees

We are proud to offer you straightforward pricing without any hidden charges.

ACH Deposit/Withdrawal Free
ACH Returned $50.00
(Returned as uncollectible or for insufficient funds.)
Check Stop Payment $25.00
Overnight Delivery (Weekday) $50.00
Overnight Delivery (Saturday) $50.00
Overnight Delivery (International) $80.00
Account Transfer Fee
ACAT Incoming Transfer Free
ACAT Outgoing Transfer $80.00
Additional charges will apply for transfers involving non-DTC eligible domestic and foreign securities. See “Foreign Settlement Fee and Physical Settlement Fee” listed below
ACAT Outgoing Partial Transfer $25.00
DWAC Delivery $250.00 + TA Fees
DRS Transfer $60.00
DTC Delivery $25.00 per position
Letter of Authorization Transfer $10.00
Worthless Securities minimum account balance $250.00

The balance is to offset the fees incurred for holding these types of securities, minimum amount required may be greater than $250.00 and will depend on the number of positions held


Fee to remove a worthless security from account $30.00 per security
Clearing Firm Fees
Mandatory Corporate Action Fee $30
W-8Ben Processing Fee $60.00
Client Services
Records Research $100.00 per hour (1/2 hour minimum)
Transfer On Death Agreement $50.00 One-time setup charge.
Returned Mail $30.00
Quarterly fee charged to accounts with returned mail associated with the address on file. To update your new address, please submit a Change of Address Form
Returned Mail Maintenance Fee $30.00
Worthless Security Processing $30.00
Dividends & Corporate Actions


Dividend Reinvestment (DRIP) Free
Tenders (Voluntary Corporate Actions) $50.00 per item
Mandatory Corporate Actions $30.00 per item

Mandatory Corporate Actions include stock splits, mergers, spin-offs, etc.

Inactivity Fee
Inactivity Fee $15 per quarter
The inactivity fee will be waived under one of the following conditions: – At least 5 trade executions per calendar quarter
– At least $25,000 is maintained in the account
IRA Annual Fee $50.00
This fee will be reimbursed if your account has over $10,000 in assets, and at least 40 trades have been placed (options & equities only).
IRA Closing Fee $75.00 Includes outgoing transfer via ACAT.
E-Statements Free
E-Confirmations Free
Paper/Duplicate Statements $5.00 per statement.
Paper/Duplicate Confirmations $3.00 per confirmation.
Stock Loan
Borrow Fee Daily stock loan charges assessed to short trades.
Tax Reporting
Form 1099 Copy Request (Dated within the last 2 years) $5.00
Form 1099 Copy Request (prior last 2 years) $10.00
Trade Settlement
Foreign Settlement Fee (ADRs exempt) At cost.

This fee varies based on the number of counterparties involved. The fee applies to transactions and account transfers involving foreign securities that are not registered in the U.S. and not DTC eligible


Physical Settlement Fee Physical Settlement Fee At cost per certificate.
Applies to transactions and account transfers involving domestic securities that are not DTC eligible. Fee may also apply to transactions involving securities with a DTC “chill” restriction.)
Regulation T Extension $25.00 per request, plus margin interest
NSCC Illiquid Margin Charge Click here for explanation of fee
Trading Fees
Option Exercise/Assignment $20.00 per exercise/assignment
Broker Assisted Treade Fee $20.00
Sell-Out/Buy-In Notices $25.00
Foreign Stock Transaction Fee $75.00 per trade
Wire – Outgoing – Domestic $35.00
Wire – Outgoing – Foreign $80.00
Wire Return Fee $25.00

We do not accept third party wires. Incoming third party wires will be returned and the Wire Return Fee will be charged to the account.

Margin Rates

Enjoy some of the lowest margin rates in the industry.

Trading on margin is not appropriate for every investor.

Please see our Margin Disclosure Statement for information on risks.

Debit BalanceLime Trading CorpTD AmeritradeSchwabEtrade
$0.01 – $9,9998.75%10.25%9.075%9.70%
$10,000 – $24,999.997.75%10.00%9.075%9.45%
>$25,000 – $49,999.997.25%9.75%8.575%9.20%
$50,000 – $99,999.997.00%8.75%7.625%8.70%
$100,000 – $249,999.996.75%8.50%7.575%8.20%
$250,000 – $499,999.996.50%8.25%7.325%7.70%
$1,000,000 or morePlease inquire

Margin rates are subject to change.

Margin Requirements

 Trading on margin is not appropriate for every investor. Please see our Margin Disclosure Statement for information on risks.

Long Stock

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Short Stock

PriceInitial RequirementMaintenance Requirement
$3.00 – $5.00$2.50 per share. Cannot open short positions for stock priced below $3.00Greater of $2.50 or 100%
$5.01 or moreThe greater of $5.00 or 50%The greater of $5.00 or 40%

Concentrated Positions

If one long equity position accounts for more than 50% of the total margin account’s value, then the maintenance requirement for that equity security will be adjusted to no less than 50%.

Please note that Lime Trading reserves the right to set a higher concentration requirement on certain stocks it deems too volatile. Additionally, stocks priced below $5.01 have a requirement of no less than 50%.


Option OrderInitial RequirementMaintenance Requirement
Short CallsOptions Premium(Whichever is greater):
35% of the underlying market price minus out-of-the-money
$5.01 or moreThe greater of $5.00 or 50%The greater of $5.00 or 40%
10% of the underlying market price
Short PutsOption premium(Whichever is greater):
35% of the underlying market price minus out-of-the-money
10% of the strike price
Credit Spreads*Difference between Strike PricesOption Premium x Number of Contracts
Debit Spreads*Net debit paid multiplied by the number of contracts
Short StraddlesShort Call or Short Put requirement (whichever is greater)Number of Contracts Premium received before the other leg

*The margin requirement for Short Calls and Puts will apply in those cases when the Short Leg expires AFTER the Long Leg.

Minimum Equity Requirements for Options

Short CallsShort PutsSpreadsCredit Straddles
$100,00$25,000$5,000 (when Short Leg expires AT or BEFORE Long Leg expires)$100,00
$25,000 for Put Spreads (when Short Leg expires AFTER Long Leg expires)
$100,000 for Call Spreads (when Short Leg expires AFTER Long Leg expires)


  • Pink Sheets, OTC Bulletin Board (OTC-BB) and Leveraged ETFs / Stocks are NOT margin eligible.
  • For a list of Lime Trading non-marginable securities, email us at [email protected].
  • Margin Calls & Flags Guidelines
  • Maintenance requirements may be set higher for certain stocks if considered necessary by our clearing firm.