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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Dedicated capital

Total par value (number of shares issued, multiplied by the par value of each share). Also called dedicated value.

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