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"But, for example.

1. You have $3.86 in your brokerage account and 1 share of BrkA.
2. You sell BrkA and immediately buy $90K worth of SPY.

Is this a problem with a cash account? "

No, assuming BRK.A is trading above $90000 at the time. All IRAs are cash accounts. I've done this sort of thing several times--sell most of the assets in the account and buy something else the same day.
But the broker may have rules against daytrading, and may require that before you buy a stock, sell it, and buy the same stock again on the same day, you must have enough cash in the account to cover both buys.
Best wishes, Chris
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