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  • At The Close by J.L. Lord

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...Stocks & Commodities V. 25:6 (98, 97): At The Close by J.L. Lord New Margin Rules (Part I) On April 2, 2007, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) granted permission to the retail brokerage industry to adopt margin requirements in the style of those used by the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE). For many investors, the new rules represent a significant addition to their purchasing power. It makes sense that these investors would want to know not only how they got the extra money, but what they are allowed to do with it. WHAT IS MARGIN? Whenever a trader initiates a trade, a brok...

  • At The Close: New Margin Rules (Part II) by J.L. Lord

    ARTICLE SYNOPSIS ...At The Close: New Margin Rules (Part II) by J.L. Lord New Margin Rules (Part II) AS I wrote in the June 2007 issue of STOCKS & COMMODITIES, while the new margin rules are a powerful addition to retail traders, they do not imply there is free money to be had. Interest is a key component of the new margin requirements. Under the old rules, the interest component was overshadowed largely by the excessive capital requirements that unnecessarily reduced your purchasing power. In the new world of risk-based margin, the interest component now stands out as a significant portion of the puzzle. WHY ...

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