AUCTION-RATE PREFERRED STOCK Definition

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AUCTION-RATE PREFERRED STOCK is preferred stock issues in which dividends are reset every 49 days through a Dutch Auction bidding process. These securities are known by many names coined by the underwriters who bring them to market. Other names are: Auction Market Preferred Stock (AMPS), Cumulative Auction Market Preferred Stock (CAMPS), Dutch Auction-Rate Transferrable Securities (DARTS), Floating-Rate Auction Preferred Stock (FRAPS), Market Auction Preferred Stock (MAPS), Rate Adjustable Preferred Stock (RAPS), Short-Term Auction-Rate Stock (STARS) and Money Market Preferred (MMP).

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HARD ASSETS are physical assets (land, buildings, equipment) and financial assets (cash, credit, financial instruments). Hard assets are usually on the records of account in an organization and subjected to inventory and/or custodial safeguards. See also SOFT ASSETS.

AUTHORIZED CAPITAL STOCK is the maximum number of shares of common stock that can be issued under a companys Articles of Incorporation. Issued shares are normally less than the number of authorized shares.

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