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I have my primary brokerage account at Interactive Brokers, which offers low margin rates.
If I need money when the stock is too low based on price/book value (which has been most of the time in recent years), I basically keep taking smaller sums on margin, which may accumulate to somewhere up to 15% of portfolio value.
I am aware that this approach is not without danger (as Mungo's experience in a recent post shows), but I would be unhappy to keep several years of funds in cash.
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