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Margins? paper???

Posted by Platypus on October 04, 2004

In Reply to: On the margins posted by David FG on October 04, 2004

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: : : : Need help:

: : : : The terms of the deal will change on the margins.

: : : : What does "change on the margins" mean here?
: : : : Thanks!

: : : On the periphery - the minor details, not central to the deal, will change.

: : : DFG

: : If I may say so, I believe an American would use the word "marginally" instead of "on the margins". The latter sounds distinctly British to me.

: I agree it is in British use - I hadn't realised that it would not be used in the US(?)


"terms of the deal" leads me to believe that we are not metaphorically speaking of paper margins/periphery. I don't know much about the stock market, but I know stock is purchased on "margins", or "margined". These margins fluctuate. Perhaps, someone with more knowledge on the subject would elaborate.