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margin call

  investment:  a demand by a broker that a customer who has borrowed money for investment must invest more cash or sell securities
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Strongly Associated with:   buying on margin
Margin calls worsened the stock market crash of 1929 when investors were permitted to borrow much more heavily than today. Today the Federal Reserve requires that most buyers invest at least 50% non-borrowed cash (equity) and some lenders have higher requirements. The Fed permits equity to drop to 25% due to market fluctuations; though many firms insist on 30-40% equity.

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