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DURATION, in securities, is a measure in years of interest rate risk for a specific security or portfolio. Duration is the weighted average time to receive the present value of cash flows from a specific security or portfolio. When the duration is divided by the discount rate plus one, the resulting modified duration measures the sensitivity of a bond to changes in interest rates. Used by bond managers instead of maturity as it accounts for all principal and interest cash flows in addition to the final maturity payment. For example, the duration of a 10-year zero-coupon bond equals its maturity of 10, while the duration of a 10-year 7.5% coupon bond is less than seven years.
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GRANDFATHERED INVESTMENTS are Municipal bonds and equities acquired on or before August 7,1986, the effective date of changes in tax rates caused by the Tax Reform Act of 1986. These investments are not subject to the 5.1 % property-casualty insurance company proration tax.
FRANCHISE is a legal arrangement giving rights to sell a product or service.