BASLE COMMITTEE Definition

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BASLE COMMITTEE was set up by the Bank for International Settlements and is based in Basle. The Committee drew up international capital adequacy standards for banks and was once known as the Cooke Committee, after a former chairman.

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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.

DEFERRED MAINTENANCE is asset maintenance that was not performed when it should have been or was scheduled to be performed and was delayed until a future period, i.e. in most cases it is a nice way to say that the asset has not been kept up and is depreciating both in value and physically.

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