ALLOCATION Definition

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ALLOCATION is the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning; distribution according to a plan, e.g., allocating costs is the assignment of costs to departments or products over various time periods, products, operations, or investments. See ALLOCATE.

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MARK-TO-MARKET (MTM) is the recording of the price or value of a security, portfolio, or account on a daily basis, to calculate profits and losses or to confirm that margin requirements are being met. This is done most often in futures accounts to make sure that margin requirements are being met. If the current market value causes the margin account to fall below its required level, the trader will be faced with a margin call. Mutual funds are marked to market on a daily basis at the market close so that investors have an idea of the funds NAV.

LIMIT ORDER PROTECTION RULE, FIINRA Rule 6541, prohibits member firms from "trading ahead" of customer limit orders that a member accepts. Members handling customer limit orders are prohibited from trading at prices equal or superior to that of the customer limit order without also executing that order at the limit price.

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