Margin Call

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DEFINITION of 'Margin Call'

A broker's demand on an investor using margin to deposit additional money or securities so that the margin account is brought up to the minimum maintenance margin. Margin calls occur when your account value depresses to a value calculated by the broker's particular formula.

This is sometimes called a "fed call" or "maintenance call."

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Margin Call'

You would receive a margin call from a broker if one or more of the securities you had bought (with borrowed money) decreased in value past a certain point. You would be forced either to deposit more money in the account or to sell off some of your assets.

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