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Can't you borrow the currency? I've only bought a stock on a foreign exchange once (on the TSE), so I don't have much knowledge or experience in these matters, but it seems like the ideal would be to buy half of your foreign currency and borrow the other half, if that's feasible. I know IB lets you borrow currency, but not sure about other brokers. Just thinking out loud.

Hi Neil - I don't trade on margin in the US markets. I can't think of any reason why I would want to use margin on foreign currency denominated investments. It's not that there is anything wrong with using margin. I just don't have a need and don't want to take on the task of managing the risk of leveraging investments.

It may be a moot point for me anyway because I think (but I'm not 100% sure) that direct foreign investment at fidelity can't use margin and must be fully paid in cash.

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