EARNINGS Definition

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EARNINGS is a term that refers to the financial capacity of a corporation to make distributions to shareholders other than return of capital, e.g., dividends. See also RETAINED EARNINGS.

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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.

HIGH-YIELD DEBT is a business term referring to a corporate debt instrument (non-investment grade or junk bond), that has a higher yield (compared to investment grade debt) because of a high perceived credit risk (default risk). See also JUNK BOND.

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