Credit Default Swaps (CDS)
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Discover what CDS are and how they can benefit companies and investors.
The ISDA Master Agreement is a document outlining the terms of an over-the-counter derivatives transaction between two parties. This document serves as a standard agreement in these transactions and is published by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association.
The wealth effect is a psychological phenomenon that causes people to spend more as the value of their assets rises. The premise is that when consumers' homes or investment portfolios increase in value, they feel more financially secure, so they increase their spending.
A collateralized debt obligation, or CDO, is a structured financial product backed by a pool of loans. When a retail or commercial bank approves loans such as mortgages, auto loans or credit cards to individuals or businesses, these loans are then sold to an investment bank.
The discount rate is the interest rate you need to earn on a given amount of money today to end up with a given amount of money in the future. Let's say you need $1,000 one year from now to go on vacation. We can use the discount rate to determine how much money you would need to have today to have $1,000 in one year.
Most investment choices involve a tradeoff between risk and reward. The "Efficient Frontier" is a modern portfolio theory tool that shows investors the best possible return they can expect from their portfolio, given the level of volatility they're willing to accept.
Weighted average cost of capital may be hard to calculate, but it's a solid way to measure investment quality
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