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Your Debit Balance and Margin Interest Rates 

Paying off a debit balance
Except for the addition of daily interest charges, posted monthly, your debit balance does not change from the amount loaned to you when you originally bought the stock. Specifically the rise or fall of your current market value will not affect your debit balance. However, it will affect your account equity.

To reduce or pay off your debit balance you have to bring funds into your account in either or both of two ways:

  • Deposit funds directly into your account
  • Sell securities in your account. The proceeds will first be used to pay off your debit balance and then you will receive whatever is left over.

Recommended further reading:
Buying Power and Excess Margin
The advantages and disadvantages of a Margin Account 
Margin Account Approval 
Margin Requirements
Margin account - diversified portfolio