Short for Alternative-A paper. Alt-A are loans that are considered riskier than prime loans but less risky than subprime loans. Generally made to individuals with a good credit score but some aspect of the loan (e.g. limited documentation or high loan-to-value ratio) makes the loan riskier than prime. Also see A paper, No docs.

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Growth stage

In context of private equity, the state of a company when it has received one or more rounds of financing and is generating revenue from its product or service. Also known as middle... Read More

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