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    A process of how businesses divide their financial ...
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    The Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor (DFP) is a leading ...
  4. Virtual Data Room - VDR

    A virtual data room (VDR) is a secure online repository ...
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    The idea that a company should embrace its social responsibilities ...
  6. Sector

    1. An area of the economy in which businesses share ...
  1. Ginnie Mae - Government National Mortgage Association - GNMA

    A U.S. government corporation within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Ginnie May aims to: 1. Ensure liquidity for government-insured mortgages, including those insured ...
  2. Private Mortgage Insurance - PMI

    A policy provided by private mortgage insurers to protect lenders against loss if a borrower defaults. Most lenders require PMI for loans with loan-to-value (LTV) percentages in excess of 80%. ...
  3. Mortgage Short Sale

    The sale of a property by a financially distressed borrower for less than the outstanding mortgage balance due where the proceeds from the sale will be used to repay the lender. The lender then ...
  4. Assumable Mortgage

    A type of financing arrangement in which the outstanding mortgage and its terms can be transferred from the current owner to a buyer. By assuming the previous owner's remaining debt, the buyer ...
  5. Mortgage Bond

    A bond secured by a mortgage on one or more assets. These bonds are typically backed by real estate holdings and/or real property such as equipment. In a default situation, mortgage bondholders ...
  6. Adjustable-Rate Mortgage - ARM

    A type of mortgage in which the interest rate paid on the outstanding balance varies according to a specific benchmark. The initial interest rate is normally fixed for a period of time after ...
  7. Residential Mortgage-Backed Security (RMBS)

    A type of security whose cash flows come from residential debt such as mortgages, home-equity loans and subprime mortgages.
  8. Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities (CMBS)

    A type of mortgage-backed security that is secured by the loan on a commercial property. A CMBS can provide liquidity to real estate investors and to commercial lenders. As with other types of ...
  9. Delinquent Mortgage

    A mortgage for which the borrower has failed to make payments as required in the loan documents. If the borrower can't bring the payments current within a certain time period, the lender may ...
  10. Mortgage Banker

    A company, individual or institution that originates mortgages. Mortgage bankers use their own funds, or funds borrowed from a warehouse lender, to fund mortgages. After a mortgage is originated, ...
  11. Taper Tantrum

    Taper tantrum is the term used to refer to the 2013 surge in U.S. Treasury yields, which resulted from the Federal Reserve's use of tapering to gradually reduce the amount of money it was feeding ...
  12. Legacy Planning

    Legacy planning is a financial strategy that prepares a person to bequeath his or her assets to a loved one or next of kin after death.

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  1. White Squire

    Very similar to a "white knight", but instead of purchasing a majority interest, the squire purchases a lesser interest in ...
  2. MACD Technical Indicator

    Moving Average Convergence Divergence (or MACD) is a trend-following momentum indicator that shows the relationship between ...
  3. Over-The-Counter - OTC

    Over-The-Counter (or OTC) is a security traded in some context other than on a formal exchange such as the NYSE, TSX, AMEX, ...
  4. Quarter - Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4

    A three-month period on a financial calendar that acts as a basis for the reporting of earnings and the paying of dividends.
  5. Weighted Average Cost Of Capital - WACC

    Weighted average cost of capital (WACC) is a calculation of a firm's cost of capital in which each category of capital is ...
  6. Basis Point (BPS)

    A unit that is equal to 1/100th of 1%, and is used to denote the change in a financial instrument. The basis point is commonly ...
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