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Trading on the Equity

The practice of borrowing capital in order to increase the cash one has available to invest. For example, if one has $50,000 to invest and an investment vehicle has a minimum investment of $100,000, one may borrow an additional $50,000. In order for trading on the equity to be worth the effort, the return on the investment must exceed the interest on the loan.
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trading on the equity

The use of borrowed money to increase the return on an investor's capital. Suppose an investor is able to borrow 50% of the funds required for a $10,000 investment that returns 16% annually. If interest on the loan is 6%, the investor can earn $1,600 ($10,000 at 16%) minus interest of $300 ($5,000 at 6%), or $1,300 on an investment of $5,000 ($10,000 minus $5,000 borrowed), for a return of 26% ( $1,300/$5,000 ).
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