Borrowing Money and Securities: The Long and Short of Margin Accounts
In This Chapter
Understanding the specifics of margin accounts
Zoning in on the initial margin requirements
Calculating with long margin accounts
Summing up short margin accounts
Reviewing additional topics tested
You don’t necessarily need cold cash to buy securities. Thanks to the wonder of margin accounts, you can borrow money from a broker-dealer to purchase securities or borrow the securities themselves. Margin accounts allow customers to buy more securities from you (as a registered rep) than they otherwise would, thus leading to more money in your pocket (a greater commission). However, margin accounts are not without an additional degree of risk (which a lot of people found out back in 1929). Margin accounts are great if the securities held in the account are going in the right direction but horrible if they aren’t.
In this chapter, I cover the Series 7 exam topics relating to short and long margin ...