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  1. Hello, I have been day trading for under a year... I use Interactive Brokers but I usually only get to trade one or two days during each week because Once I use my cash, I cannot use it again until it clears which takes 3 or 4 days. I do not use margin, but I've been reading about it. I'm assuming that if I signup as a margin account, I will then be able to double the money I have to use for trades? (1) Lets say I have $30,000 cash account. If I signup for a margin account, will I then be able to trade with $60,000? Thus allowing me to trade more than one or two days per week? (2) If I close all positions before the end of each day, do I still have to pay interests on the margin money? (I ask because I read an article that seemed to say that). (3) Do any of you use a margin account, and if so, do you feel like sharing any pros and cons? basically I feel like I'm doing pretty good with my trades overall, but just not making a lot of money because I enter and exit pretty quickly with low amounts of shares (100 - 300). If I had more, I could jump back in at the next reversal or just in general trade on more days than just one or two. Well thanks for any advice and I look forward to being a member of this forum. I just foudn it today and I have spent hours reading through it already! lol. Im about to go eat finally. LOL
  2. Margin trading can have great benefits as well as major disadvantages. Brokers are very liberal with their margin offerings these days but reckless use of this credit can quickly deplete a trading account if traders see losing streaks.
  3. A Liquidation Level is put in place as a protective measure that will prevent traders from losing their entire account value if their trades work unfavorably. If a trader wishes to prevent liquidation from occurring, the trader must add margin to the trading account in order to prevent all trades from closing.
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