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Japan mulls allowing off-hours margin trading

TOKYO -- Japanese regulators are considering lifting a ban on margin trading on non-exchange venues, which would allow such transactions to be done on nights and holidays, in a bid to spur activity in a major area of the retail investment market.

Margin traders borrow from a brokerage to buy and sell stocks, enabling large trades with a small starting sum. Margin trades account for more than 60% of retail trading volume, Tokyo Stock Exchange data show.

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