Free Indices

Definition:

Usually refers to indices constructed by Morgan Stanley Capital International such that the market capitalization weights reflect the degree to which a stock is investible by foreigners. For example, if a stock has $700 million capitalization but government restrictions only allow up to 50% to be held by foreigners, then the weight in the Free index would by $350 million. The Standard and Poors/International Finance Corporation indices call their equivalent indices Investible Indices (IFCI).

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Risk controlled arbitrage

A self-funding, self-hedged series of transactions that generally use mortgage securities (MBS) as the primary assets.

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