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Leveraging Your Assets to Manage Your Wealth

Borrowing against your assets can often act as a tool to manage wealth. Here's how to use debt strategically—even in some cases when you can afford to pay cash.

Margin: How Does It Work?

In the same way a bank can lend you money if you have equity in your house, your brokerage firm can lend you money against the value of the investments in your portfolio.

What to Know About Margin

Here are some things to consider when using margin and four tips for managing your risk.

Market Downturn: Three Ways to Short the Market

Investors seeking to profit from a market downturn or looking for portfolio protection have several shorting alternatives. Here are three of them.

How to Handle Margin Calls

Watch to learn what to do if you get a margin call and how to potentially avoid them.

Understanding Futures Margin

Learn how changes in futures prices affect margin and your account.

Short Selling: Can You Profit from Falling Stocks?

Watch to learn how short selling, or shorting, a stock allows investors to sell a stock high, buy it low, and pocket the difference.

Three Ways to Use Margin and Leverage

Learn three ways investors and traders can maximize the use of margin while managing the risks of leverage in their investing strategies.

Collaring Your Stock for Temporary Protection

Downturns are a natural part of any market. Learn how a collar strategy—a covered call and a protective put—might be a way to manage stock risk.

Your First Margin Call

What are your options for topping up your account after a position drops?