Margin Account

An account with a brokerage firm that allows its clients to buy securities with money borrowed from the broker. Depending on the security, an investor can sometimes borrow up to 50% or more of the market value. Margin accounts are governed by Regulation T of the Federal Reserve Board, by the NYSE, and by the brokerage firm’s house rules. Margin requirements can be met with cash, eligible securities, or any combination thereof.

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