Security deposit (initial)

Definition:

Synonymous with the term margin. A cash amount that must be deposited with the broker for each contract as a guarantee of fulfillment of the futures contract. It is not considered as part payment or purchase. Related: Margin.

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Tax loss carryback, carryforward

A tax benefit that allows business losses to be used to reduce tax liability in previous and or following years.

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