Morning Discussion

By Xav de Matos, Oct 05, 2010 5:00am PDT Today is going to be a busy day.

Brian is out of town at a press event and I'm venturing deeper into Toronto to see a few upcoming titles, as well. So, for the rest of the day, the keys to the car that is Shacknews are in the willing and able hands of Garnett, Alice, and Jeff.

We're gearing up with some great exclusive coverage over the next week or so, so make sure to keep refreshing Shacknews every chance you get. Starting...now!

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  • Can someone help me understand SEC Regulation T and how it relates to margin trading? I don't do it yet, but I'd like to understand this better in case I end up toying with it once I can deal with the risk.

    So, if I have a cash account, say $1000, if I buy $1000 worth of stock and then sell that stock immediately, and then buy something else for $1000, I can't sell that new stock until the first purchase settles, three days later.

    But, if I have a margin account, say $5000, and I buy $5000 worth of stock, then sell it immediately and buy something else, I'm free to sell it whenver I want without penalty (day trading limitations aside)... right? Or, am I only allowed to do that because the margin account effectively quadruples my buying power, and had I gone balls out and bought $20,000 and sold $20,000 would I be in the same boat as I was before?