International finance subsidiary

Definition:

A subsidiary incorporated in the US, usually in Delaware, whose sole purpose once was to issue debentures overseas and invest the proceeds in foreign operations, with the interest paid to foreign bondholders not subject to US withholding tax. Elimination of the corporate withholding tax has ended the need for this type of subsidiary.

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Plain vanilla

A term that refers to a relatively simple derivative financial instrument, usually a swap or other derivative that is issued with standard features.

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