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DEFINITION of 'Midgets'

A slang term referring to a Government National Mortgage Association (GNMA) bond, which has a 15 year maturity. The midget is secured by mortgages backed by federal agencies. GNMA is also known as "Ginnie Mae".

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Midgets'

The GNMA was started in an attempt to make affordable housing available to lower income families. The term midget is a slang term used by dealers to refer to these bonds and it is not used by GNMA to formally describe any of its securities.

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