Margin department

Definition:

The department in a brokerage firm that monitors customers' margin accounts, ensuring that all short sales, stock purchases, and other positions are covered by the margin account balance.

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Relative yield

Often refers to a yield on a security relative to the yield on a benchmark security (i.e. a ratio). It is more common to consider a yield spread which is just the difference in two yields.

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