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The Short Answer

Mind if I Borrow Your Shares?

Under margin account rules, brokerages may loan out customer shares to cover other customers' short sales.

Question: I know that if I carry a margin loan balance on my brokerage account the brokerage firm can borrow my stock and loan it to another customer for a short sale. But can the brokerage firm still do it if there are only long positions and no loan balance in my margin account?