EXCHANGE RATE Definition

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EXCHANGE RATE is the rate at which one currency can be traded for another.

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COUPON is: 1) The annual interest rate on a fixed income security, set at the time it was issued, at which that instru­ment will accrue and pay interest. 2) Small pieces of paper attached to nonregistered interest-bearing instru­ments that reflect the semiannual amounts of interest to be paid. These coupons are cut out and tendered on the appropriate coupon dates, and the interest is then paid.

IMPAIRED ASSETS, in banking, applies to all problem assets which banks hold, and is not limited to problem loans. In addition to loans, it also captures off- balance sheet exposures and assets which have come onto banks balance sheets through enforcement of security conditions. See IMPAIRMENT OF VALUE.

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