No, we do not offer cash accounts. All accounts are set up as margin accounts.

For those accounts with less than $2,000 in equity, we treat them as limited margin accounts, meaning you can trade on unsettled funds and are not limited to waiting for trades to settle before you can use the proceeds to purchase additional securities.

For example, if you bought security X three days ago and sold it today, just like a cash account you could purchase a new security, Y, today with the proceeds. However, if you sold security Y tomorrow, in a cash account you would have to wait until the purchase of security Y settles, before you can buy anything with the proceeds. With a limited margin account, you can immediately purchase another security with the proceeds of security Y.

To learn more about how margin works, visit Alpaca Docs > Margin & Shorting.

Margin & Short Selling
Margin and Short Selling # In order to trade on margin or sell short, you must have $2,000 or more account equity. Accounts with less than $2,000 will not have access to these features and will be restricted to 1x buying power. This do not apply to Crypto Trading. Margin Trading for Crypto is not a…