FAIRNESS OPINION Definition

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FAIRNESS OPINION is an investment banker's professional opinion as to the price an acquiring firm's is offering in a takeover or merger.

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FLOATING-RATE CMO is a collateralized mortgage obligation with a variable interest rate, usually reset quarterly, and set at a basis point spread over LIBOR. Also known as: Continuously Offered Long-Term Securities (COLTS), Floating Interest Rate Short-Term Securities (FIRSTS), Home Owner Mortgage Eurosecurities (HOMES), Option to Purchase or Sell Specific Mortgage-Backed Securities (OPOSSMS).

DOUBTFUL DEBT is a debt where circumstances have rendered its ultimate recovery uncertain. Conservatism requires that doubtful debts should be treated in the same way as bad debts. They should thus be recorded as an expense in the profit and loss account and to be credited to a provision to set off against ultimate default if it occurs.

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