In both examples below, the shares in ABC Plc stand at £5 per share at commencement.

Example 1

An investor expects the shares to rise, and enters into a long position over 20,000 shares. He puts up a deposit of £20,000 (20% of the full value of £100,000). The broker who is counter-party to the deal debits the investor's account with ‘interest’ on the unpaid balance of £80,000 at 0.75% per calendar month (£600 per month). After two months, the company pays a dividend of 2p per share, and the broker credits the account with £400 (equivalent to the dividend on 20,000 shares).

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