Initial margin

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Initial margin

(1) Amount of money deposited by both buyers and sellers of futures contracts to ensure performance of the terms of the contract; (2) amount of cash or eligible securities required to be deposited with a broker before engaging in margin transactions.

Initial Margin

The money or securities an investor keeps in a margin account in order to be able to borrow from a brokerage for short sales or other purposes. The initial margin requirement is kept as collateral until the brokerage calls the margin and the client pays back what is owed. FINRA requires that the initial margin requirement kept must be at least 25% of the amount borrowed, while some brokerages have initial margin requirements of up to 50%.
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Initial margin is intended to cover possible losses incurred by the remaining counterparty after default, as it goes about liquidating or replacing the defaulted position.
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Treasuries, and--for initial margin only--some agency bonds.
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Free equity the money you have on deposit with which you aren't currently using to trade with as initial margin (also variation margin).
The Sukuk will pay an expected return at a rate of 6% per annum, payable semi-annually in arrear from (and including) the issue date for a period of five years, and thereafter at a rate, reset and payable semi-annually in arrear, reflecting the initial margin above the then prevailing six month Emirates Interbank Offered Rate.
The financing is at an initial margin of 255 bps to EURIBOR per annum and is amortized based on an underlying tenor of 18 years.
They margin trading was approved after making some amendments to the system that decide the percentage of the initial margin and the maintenance margin, as well as following an in-depth study on the best systems and practices in global stock markets.

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