INTEREST ONLY Definition

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INTEREST ONLY (IO),in securities, is the interest only portion of a stripped mortgage-backed security. For IO securities, all of the interest distribution is due to the registered holder based on the current face value of the underlying mort­gage-backed security.

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EARNINGS MANAGEMENT occurs when managers use judgment in financial reporting and in structuring transactions to alter financial reports to either mislead some stakeholders about the underlying economic performance of the company, or to influence contractual outcomes that depend on reported accounting numbers.

NTA can mean either Net Tangible Assets or Net Total Assets.

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