Fair value

Definition:

In the context of futures, the equilibrium price for futures contracts. Also called the theoretical futures price, which equals the spot price continuously compounded at the cost of carry rate for some time interval. More generally, fair value for any asset simply refers to the perception that it is neither underpriced (too cheap) nor overpriced (too expensive).

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Mortgage life insurance

A life insurance policy that pays off the remaining balance of the insured person's mortgage at death.

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