BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENTS Definition

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BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENTS (BIS) is the central bankers' bank based in Basle, Switzerland.

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POINTS are additional fee paid to a lender. Points are generally stated as a percent of the total amount borrowed and are in essence prepaid interest. Points paid can be deducted over the life of the loan.

UNREALIZED LOSS is a term that commonly refers to the write-down of an investment portfolio resulting from applying the lower of cost or market value on an aggregate basis. On a short-term portfolio, the unrealized loss is shown on the income statement. On a long-term portfolio, the unrealized loss is presented as a separate item in the stockholders equity section of the balance sheet.

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