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Related to credit balance: Debit balance
The surplus in a cash account with a broker after purchases have been paid for, plus the extra cash from the sale of securities.
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The profit from a short sale that is deposited into a margin account. The credit balance consists of any maintenance margin the account holder must keep in the account as well as additional funds that may be withdrawn or used to buy more securities. This latter is called the free credit balance.
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