Fine Print

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Fine Print'

Contract terms and conditions, disclosures or other important information that are not included in the main body of a document, but in footnotes or a supplemental document. Reading and understanding the fine print is essential when entering into an agreement. It often contains information that the issuer does not want to call to the recipient's attention, but that is essential for the recipient to know.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Fine Print'

The information in the fine print may be required by law or may be recommended by a company's legal department. For example, the fine print of a credit card agreement might include: the card's introductory APR, the APR after the introductory period ends, the length of the introductory period, the APR for balance transfers and cash advances, the card's annual fee, its late payment fee and other crucial details. As another example, if an investor was reading a public company's financial report, he or she might have to read the fine print to learn about the company's accounting methods, long-term debt, employee stock ownership, pending litigation and other issues.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Consumer Liability

    The accountability put on consumers to not act in a negligent ...
  2. Advisor

    1. The person or company responsible for making investments on ...
  3. Boilerplate

    The standardization of a legal document's structure and language. ...
  4. Term Sheet

    A non-binding agreement setting forth the basic terms and conditions ...
  5. Prospectus

    A formal legal document, which is required by and filed with ...
  6. Risk

    The chance that an investment's actual return will be different ...
Related Articles
  1. Financial Footnotes: Start Reading The ...
    Fundamental Analysis

    Financial Footnotes: Start Reading The ...

  2. Callable CDs: Check The Fine Print
    Investing Basics

    Callable CDs: Check The Fine Print

  3. A Guide To Risk Warnings And Disclaimers
    Investing Basics

    A Guide To Risk Warnings And Disclaimers

  4. Variable Annuity Benefits: What The ...
    Options & Futures

    Variable Annuity Benefits: What The ...

comments powered by Disqus
Hot Definitions
  1. Halloween Massacre

    Canada's decision to tax all income trusts domiciled in Canada. In October 2006, Canada's minister of finance, Jim Flaherty, ...
  2. Zombies

    Companies that continue to operate even though they are insolvent or near bankruptcy. Zombies often become casualties to ...
  3. Witching Hour

    The last hour of stock trading between 3pm (when the bond market closes) and 4pm EST. Witching hour is typically controlled ...
  4. October Effect

    The theory that stocks tend to decline during the month of October. The October effect is considered mainly to be a psychological ...
  5. Repurchase Agreement - Repo

    A form of short-term borrowing for dealers in government securities.
  6. Correlation

    In the world of finance, a statistical measure of how two securities move in relation to each other. Correlations are used ...
Trading Center