EXCHANGE RATE MECHANISM Definition

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EXCHANGE RATE MECHANISM (ERM) is the precursor to the European Union's single currency (Euro) by which participating governments committed themselves to maintain the value of their currencies in relation to the European currency unit (Euro).

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ICA is International Congress of Accountants.

FINANCIAL RISK is the possibility of whether a bond issuer will default, by failing to repay principal and/or interest in a timely manner. Usually bonds issued by the federal government, for the most part, are immune from default (if the government needs money... more is printed). Bonds issued by corporations are more probable to be defaulted on, since companies often go bankrupt. Municipalities occasionally default as well, but it is much less common. Can also be called default risk or credit risk.

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