If you open a margin account, does this mean that you are putting your OWN money in the margin account which is supervised by a broker and to whom you pay interest to?

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A margin account is one where you can borrow money from your broker to buy securities. The loan is collateralized by your cash and/or marginable securities. You pay interest to the broker on cash borrowed. However, you do not have to borrow cash from your broker.

Some strategies cannot be done in a cash account and require a margin account: shorting securities, selling uncovered options...

A managed account is one that is supervised by a broker, to whom you a fee. The fee tends to be an annual percentage of the value of your account.

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