Positive obligation


A New York Stock Exchange rule that governs the behavior of specialists. Positive obligation is the mandate of the specialists to step in and act as either the buyer or the seller public investor orders exist do not match up naturally. Also known as affirmative-obligation. Related: negative-obligation.

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Bank anticipation notes (BAN)

Notes issued by states and municipalities to obtain interim financing for projects that will eventually be funded long term through the sale of a bond issue.

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