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Margin call

Margin call Definition

A notification to a customer from brokerage firm informing them that they need to bring the equity level up in their account to meet the minimum maintenance margin requirements, either by adding additional equity into the account or by selling margined holdings. If this is not done in a short period of time (such as 72 hours), the broker is authorized to sell the investor’s margined securities in order to meet the maintenance margin in the account.

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