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based on everything you describe, to me you are asking a very simple question - should I use a modest amount of leverage with my portfolio. Obviously the answer is up to you, but it sounds like it won't matter one way or the other. Still, if I were to advise someone on the logic of using margin, my answer would center on two basic things: your past track record (negelected in your otherwise comprehensive response, but to me it still appears like the most important variable - pls don't feel like I'm badgering you to mention anything you don't think is appropriate for a public BB) and your tolerance for declines. If your record is good and you don't mind the occassional drop, then go ahead and use it at your discretion.
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