Ratings

Definition:

An evaluation of credit quality of a company's debt issue by Thomson Financial BankWatch, Moody's, S&P, and Fitch Investors Service. Investors and analysts use ratings to assess the riskness of an investment. Ratings can also be an evaluation a country's creditworthiness or ability to repay, taking into consideration its estimated percentage default rate and political risk.

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Term of the Day

Minimum maintenance

The lowest required equity level that must be held with a broker in a margin account. See: margin call.

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