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The Layman's Financial Crisis Glossary

The Layman's Financial Crisis Glossary

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Nationalisation

The act of bringing an industry or assets like land and property under state control.

Negative equity

Refers to a situation in which the value of your house is below the amount of the mortgage that still has to be paid off.

Profit warning

When a company issues a statement indicating that its profits will not be as high as it had expected. Also profits warning.

Rating

Bonds are rated according to their safety from an investment standpoint – based on the ability of the company or government that has issued it to repay.

Ratings range from AAA, the safest, down to D, a company that has already defaulted.

Securities lending

Security lending is when one broker or dealer lends a security to another for a fee. This is the process that allows short selling.


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