Margin

Definition:

Allows investors to buy securities by borrowing money from a broker. The margin is the difference between the market value of a stock and the loan a broker makes. Related: Security deposit (initial). In the context of hedging and futures contracts, the cash collateral deposited with a trader or exchanged as insurance against default.

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Annual meeting

Meeting of stockholders held once a year at which the managers of a company report to the stockholders on the year's results.

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