Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP)

Definition:

A $700 billion fund created in response to the credit crunch that hit the US in 2008. The original intent of the fund was to allow the Treasury to buy illiquid mortgage-related assets. The fund was ultimately used to provide direct capital infusions to distressed financial institutions.

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Collateralized Bond Obligation (CBO)

Investment-grade bonds backed by a collection of junk bonds with different levels of risk, called tiers, that are determined by the quality of junk bond involved. CBOs backed by highly risky junk... Read More

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