MERCHANDISE Definition

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MERCHANDISE is commodities offered for sale or to engage in the trade of commodities that are for sale.

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HYPOTHECATION, in securities, is the pledging of securities to brokers as collateral for loans made to cover short sales or purchase securities. In banking, it is the pledging of property to secure a loan.

BACKWARDATION is the commission paid by a seller for the postponement of a transaction on a stock exchange when prices for cash delivery are higher than for forward delivery.

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