AVERAGE LIFE Definition

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AVERAGE LIFE, in securities, is the weighted average retirement date of a bond issue or preferred stock; the average amount of time each dollar of principal amount will be outstanding.

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CONTRACT ALLOWANCE is the limit set within an agreement as to what is the maximum allowed of any given item covered under contract, e.g., home construction with a builder may have allowances or "limits" set in your contract that tell you how much the price of your house "allows" for things such as floor coverings, countertops, and cabinets.

PARENT COMPANY is a company of which others are subsidiaries.

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