I'd like to short a handful of equities in my OptionsHouse portfolio but I have a couple of overall questions about the technical process of short selling
1) I'd like to operate with no margin, that is, I'd like to cover the entire short sale with my cash. Is this possible? I'm a small investor and I'd prefer to not pay margin interest that will wipe out my return
2) I want to short securities instead of buying short ETFs because of tracking error and various other issues. Does this make sense for a small investor or should I simply use these products and avoid the headache of short selling/setting up a margin account?