The amount a lender adds to the index of an adjustable rate mortgage to establish an adjusted interest rate. For example, a margin of 1.50 added to a 7 percent index establishes an adjusted interest rate of 8.50 percent.
A percentage added to the index for an ARM to establish the interest rate on each adjustment date.
The number of percentage points the lender adds to the index rate to calculate the ARM interest rate at each adjustment.
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