AGENCY is the relationship between a principal and an agent wherein the agent is authorized to represent the principal in certain transactions.
SOLVENCY is a companys long-term ability to meet all financial obligations.
INVESTMENT GRADE, in securities, is a high credit rating indicating bonds generally considered to have the strongest possibility of paying interest and repaying principal when due. Standard & Poor's Corporation considers investment grade bonds to be those it rates from AAA through BBB. Moody's considers investment grade to be from AAA to Baa3. Below investment grade bonds also are known as high yield or junk bonds. The NAIC designates investment grade bonds with the numerical rating of "I" or "2".
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