I've done a ton of reading on this forum, and one thing that strikes me as a bit odd is that so many people talk about blowing out their accounts left and right. Almost like its trendy or stylish to do so. Seems a bit odd to me, so I would appreciate some clarification on a few things. When someone says they blew out their account, they mean it literally dropped to zero correct? Assuming this is correct, your account goes to zero, presumably it could have gone below zero if the positions were not closed out quick enough. So when this happens, how often in the unrealted counterparty in the various trades in the account screwed out of getting the benefit of their size of the (likely favorable) trades? Most importantly, is there some benefit you guys are getting trade wise to having multie smaller accounts and blowing out a few rather than just having one big one? Simple example. One $200k account holding 100k cash and selling 100k of market index atm put options. market tanks 50%. Presumably all 200k is wiped. if you had two separate accounts of 100k each only one is wiped. but couldnt you, in the 200k scenario just put rules into place that effectively make you get out of your put postion when you would otherwise have a margin call in a 100k account scenario and be wiped? Thanks!