I own my condo outright. It is in the Washington DC suburbs and is probably worth $180-200k. I own my car outright, which is probably worth $7k. I also have a trading account with about $20k in it. My bills are about $1200 which includes everything. I am making enough to pay this and put away $500-700 a month, at best. DC aint cheap. I am working full time but the issue, and my reason for posting this question, is my declining health. My adrenal glands are failing and I feel like I have the flu 24/7 and am having a harder and harder time crawling to work and suffering 40 hours a week. I have been studying markets for 8 or so years and have a method I am comfortable with but have not been able to trade. So.....is there any way the equity in my home can help me if I am forced to leave my job as I fear may be the case in the next few months? I have enough to trade as I am comfortable with both currencies, futures and options. I am obviously short of having enough to avoid the PDT rule however. I am hoping to find a way to be able to take cash out of my condo while rates are so low. I am just looking for some out of the box ideas. I am not considering this because I want to trade full time with that small of an account. I fear that, in six months, I may have no choice. I have perfect credit and no disability plan at work.