Last time I got one they asked me how much I wanted. I wanted as much as I could get, but at the same time I didn't want to get rejected. So I just picked a number out of thin air (200k) and it got approved. But this was before I hit my borrowing limit on residential properties so the sky was almost the limit...I think anyway. In the RE finance world, you can get rough estimates from brokers. How do I go about getting the same in the equities world? The last thing I'd want to do is pick a number out of the sky like I did last time, get rejected, and have it leave a black mark on my record. Basically, I want to get as much as I can get. But the onus seems to be on me to know what that number is and I don't even know where to start. Do banks allow you to just say "here's my financial situation, give me as much as you can"? I don't recall seeing such an option when I got my last ML. I only remember being asked to nominate an amount.