Fictitious credit

Definition:

A margin account's credit balance. Fictitious credit exists after the proceeds from a short sale are accounted for with respect to the margin requirement. The proceeds from the short sale are reflected as a credit, but must stay in the account to serve as security for the loan of securities made in a short sale, and are therefore inaccessible to the client for withdrawal.

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Expected future return

The return that is expected to be earned on an asset in the future. Also called the expected return.

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