Meaning of MARGIN in English

In finance, the amount by which the value of collateral pledged as security for a loan exceeds the amount of the loan.

This excess provides the lender a "margin" of safety over and above the collateral offered and thus makes extending a loan a more attractive proposition. The size of the margin varies with the type of collateral, the stability of its market price, and the credit standing of the borrower. The term margin is also used in reference to Federal Reserve System ) sets minimum margin requirements on loans made for the purpose of buying securities, so as to prevent excessive use of credit for speculation in stock s, as happened before the stock-market crash of 1929.

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