ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX Definition

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ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX (AMT) is an alternative tax which includes certain tax preference items that are added back into adjusted gross income. If higher than the regular tax, then the regular tax plus the amount by which AMT exceeds the regular tax is paid.

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STRAPS is Stated Term Rate Auction Preferred Stock; issues having a fixed dividend rate, usually for three to five years. After this period, the security becomes an auction-rate preferred and the holder can sell the stock at par on the date of the first auction. STRAPs trade like and are com­pared to a short-term sinking fund preferred stock.

BLUE SKY LAW is a law providing for state regulation and supervision of the issuance of investment securities.

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