Adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM)

Definition:

A mortgage that features predetermined adjustments of the loan interest rate at regular intervals based on an established index. The interest rate is adjusted at each interval to a rate equivalent to the index value plus a predetermined spread, or margin, over the index, usually subject to per-interval and to life-of-loan interest rate and/or payment rate caps.

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Greenshoe option

 Option that allows the underwriter for a new issue to increase the size of the issue because of high demand for the shares.

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