Credit quality

Definition:

A measure of a bond issuer's ability to repay interest and principal in a timely manner. Rating agencies assign letter designations such as AAA, AA, and so forth. The lower the rating, the higher the probability of default.

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Shakeout

A dramatic change in market conditions that forces speculators to sell their positions, often at a loss.

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