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).
BOND RATING is a measure of credit quality ranging from AAA to D by bond rating services such as Moody's, Standard & Poor's or Fitch's. Bonds rated BB+ or lower by Standard & Poor's or Ba1 or lower by Moody's are not investment grade.
CAPTIVE DISTRIBUTOR is one held under control of another but having the appearance of independence; especially: owned or controlled by another concern and operated for its needs rather than for an open market.
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