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The edge or border; the edge of a body of water where it meets the land. As applied to a boundary line of land, the margin of a river, creek, or other watercourse means the center of the stream. But in the case of a lake, bay, or natural pond, the margin means the line where land and water meet.In finance, the difference between market value of loan collateral and face value of loan.

A sum of money, or its equivalent, placed in the hands of a Broker by the principal or person on whose account a purchase or sale of Securities is to be made, as a security to the former against losses to which he or she may be exposed by subsequent fluctuations in the market value of the stock. The amount paid by the customer when he uses a broker's credit to buy a security.

In commercial transactions the difference between the purchase price paid by an intermediary or retailer and the selling price, or difference between price received by manufacturer for its goods and costs to produce. Also called gross profit margin.


(Outside limit), noun bank, border, boundary, bounds, brim, brink, circumference, curb, edge, frame, fringe, hem, ledge, limit, lip, outskirt, perimeter, periphery, portal, rim, shore, skirt, threshold, verge


(Spare amount), noun amount reserved, elbowroom, extra amount for contingencies, extra amount for emergencies, headway, latitude, leeway, reserve, reserved amount, room, room to spare, space
Associated concepts: margin of profit
See also: balance, border, boundary, edge, extremity, latitude, mete, outline, penumbra, periphery, plethora, scope, space, surplus
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Reduced margin loans are available through Seattle Mortgage branches and correspondent partners.
The Positive Outlook is supported by the strong performance and outlook at Cessna, the long-term growth potential at Bell due to positions on several large defense programs, strong operating performance at TFC, and the likelihood of higher operating margins across all segments in 2007.
Profit margin in an unincorporated business is almost meaningless for management purposes, so one must be careful to distinguish betweeen it and profitability when trying to make an effective change.
Under the resale price method, the gross margins of unrelated distributors functionally comparable to the related distributor subsidiary would normally be used (provided there were no internal unrelated-party distribution margins), after adjustments, to determine an arm's-length gross margin for the related distributor subsidiary.
As the JOIDES Resolution criss-crossed the sea early this year from the coast of Sardinia southeast to the toe of Italy, scientists were looking at the evolution of the basin from two perspectives: They were investigating the history of the young passive margin, or continental edge, on the northwest side of the basin; and they were reconstructing the way the basin has opened at sites in the southeast over several million years.
Then in the 1970s, the Japanese taught us that it was possible to obtain a plethora of design options at economical prices to the consumer and high margins to the manufacturer.
He plays the high-stakes game of trading on margin, where investors use borrowed money to buy stocks, bonds and mutual funds.
NEW YORK, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- America's growth companies are fattening their profit margins and planning major new investments of capital, according to the latest Coopers & Lybrand "Trendsetter Barometer" survey, completed in January.
The first is federal authority to set margins for stock-index futures contracts, and the second is the "exclusivity provision" of the Commodities Exchange Act (CEA).
Unfortunately, the margins of most modern platforms lie in deep, dark waters and can only be studied bit by bit in the light beam of a submersible.