AT RISK is the exposure to the danger of economic loss; frequently used in the context of claiming tax deductions. For example, a person can claim a tax deduction in a limited partnership if the taxpayer can show it is at risk of never realizing a profit and of losing its initial investment.
OPTION is the formal reservation of the right to buy or sell property / assets at a certain price and / or within a given time in the future, e.g. a contract allowing, but not requiring, the holder to buy (call) or sell (put) a specific security at a specified price during a specified time period or on a specified date. Options may trade on exchanges or overthe-counter.
LBO see LEVERAGED BUY-OUT.
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