CONTANGO Definition

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CONTANGO is the commission paid by a buyer for the postponement of a transaction on a stock exchange when prices for future delivery are higher than those for cash or spot transactions. The opposite is backwardation.

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STATEMENT OF AFFAIRS is a specialized form of financial statement setting out the debtors assets and liabilities - secured, preferred and unsecured. This document is usually prepared on short notice and from incomplete records. It is sworn to by an officer of the company and or by the bankrupt where applicable. The trustee often has a different opinion as to the value of the assets and the extent of liabilities included therein. The formalized statement of affairs is sworn under oath by the debtor before a lawyer or designated legal/court entity.

MONEY MARKET CERTIFICATE is a security issued by com­mercial banks and savings and loan associations. Money market certificates pay a yield often based on the going Treasury bill rate. Interest rates on certificates normally remain fixed over their maturity and investors face an interest penalty for early withdrawal.

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