Best-efforts sale

Definition:

A method of securities distribution/underwriting in which the securities firm agrees to sell as much of the offering as possible and return any unsold shares to the issuer. As opposed to a guaranteed or fixed-price sale or bought deal, in which the underwriter agrees to sell a specific number of shares (and holds any unsold shares in its own account if necessary).

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Risk-averse

Describes an investor who, when faced with two investments with the same expected return but different risks, prefers the one with the lower risk.

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