margin
mar·gin /'mär-jən/ n
1: the difference between net sales and the cost of the merchandise sold from which expenses are usu. met or profits derived
2: the amount by which the market value of collateral is greater than the face value of a loan
3 a: cash or collateral deposited in a regulated amount by a client with a broker who is financing the purchase of securities see also regulation t
b: a deposit made with a broker by a client who is trading in futures

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

margin
I (outside limit) noun bank, border, boundary, bounds, brim, brink, circumference, curb, edge, frame, fringe, hem, ledge, limit, lip, outskirt, perimeter, periphery, portal, rim, shore, skirt, threshold, verge II (spare amount) noun amount reserved, clearance, elbowroom, extra amount for contingencies, extra amount for emergencies, headway, latitude, leeway, opening, reserve, reserved amount, room, room to spare, space associated concepts: margin of profit III index balance (amount in excess), border, edge (border), extremity (furthest point), latitude, mete, outline (boundary), penumbra, periphery, plethora, scope, space, surplus

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


margin
n.
(1) An edge or border; the place where water meets land.
(2) The difference between two prices, such as the selling price of an item and its cost of production.
(3) The amount paid to a securities broker by a customer when using the broker’s credit to buy securities.
adj.
marginal

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


margin
1) The difference between the net sales price of an item or security and its cost. This is often called a profit margin and is frequently expressed as a percentage. For example, if you pay 50 cents for a pencil and sell it for a dollar, your profit margin is 50%.
2) The difference between the face value of a loan and the market value of the collateral that secures it.
3) An investor's equity in securities purchased on credit through a broker.
4) Cash or collateral that must be deposited with a broker who agrees to finance the purchase of securities.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

margin
This term has two potential meanings:
• In the context of securities trading, a good faith payment made by buyers and sellers of exchange traded futures contracts and writers of exchange traded options to demonstrate their ability to cover their potential losses on their position. The payment is made to the relevant clearing house.
• In the context of loans and certain debt securities (debt security), the percentage rate above LIBOR/EURIBOR (or equivalent) charged by a lender, reflecting (in broad terms) the profit element earned by a lender on the loan.
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USA
This term has multiple meanings. In the context of:
Lending: See applicable margin.
derivatives, prime brokerage and trading: collateral, typically in the form of cash or securities. broker-dealers generally require that their trading counterparties and prime brokerage customers post margin to protect against the risk that counterparties may be unable to pay or settle their out-of-the-money trades when required to do so. A counterparty is often required to post margin where it has borrowed cash from its broker-dealer to purchase securities (or options), engaged in short selling of securities (or options) or entered into certain types of derivatives contracts which may result in exposure of the broker-dealer to the counterparty.
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Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


margin
n.
1 The difference between the amount of a loan and the market value of the collateral securing it.
2 Cash or other collateral given or paid to a stockbroker to secure him or her against losses incurred extending credit to an investor.
3 The investor's equity in stocks purchased by a broker extending credit to the investor.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


margin
The edge or border; the edge of a body of water where it meets the land. As applied to a boundary line of land, the margin of a river, creek, or other watercourse means the center of the stream. But in the case of a lake, bay, or natural pond, the margin means the line where land and water meet.
In finance, the difference between market value of loan collateral and face value of loan.
A sum of money, or its equivalent, placed in the hands of a broker by the principal or person on whose account a purchase or sale of securities is to be made, as a security to the former against losses to which he or she may be exposed by subsequent fluctuations in the market value of the stock. The amount paid by the customer when he uses a broker's credit to buy a security.
In commercial transactions the difference between the purchase price paid by an intermediary or retailer and the selling price, or difference between price received by manufacturer for its goods and costs to produce. Also called gross profit margin.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


margin
The edge or border; the edge of a body of water where it meets the land. As applied to a boundary line of land, the margin of a river, creek, or other watercourse means the center of the stream. But in the case of a lake, bay, or natural pond, the margin means the line where land and water meet.
 
In finance, the difference between market value of loan collateral and face value of loan.
 
A sum of money, or its equivalent, placed in the hands of a broker by the principal or person on whose account a purchase or sale of securities is to be made, as a security to the former against losses to which he or she may be exposed by subsequent fluctuations in the market value of the stock. The amount paid by the customer when he uses a broker's credit to buy a security.
 
In commercial transactions the difference between the purchase price paid by an intermediary or retailer and the selling price, or difference between price received by manufacturer for its goods and costs to produce. Also called gross profit margin.

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