FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION Definition

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FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION (FNMA) is a private corporation chartered by the U.S. Government to provide mortgage money for home buyers. FNMA buys mortgages from lenders and sells mortgages to investors. FNMA guarantees the timely payment of both interest and principal. Also known as "Fannie Mae".

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EXPLANATORY, in accounting, is a paragraph added to an audit report to explain something, such as the reason for a qualified or adverse opinion.

TANGIBLE BOOK VALUE is different than book value in that it deducts from asset value intangible assets, which are assets that are not hard (e.g., goodwill, patents, capitalized start-up expenses and deferred financing costs).

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