INVESTMENT GRADE Definition

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INVESTMENT GRADE, in securities, is a high credit rating indicating bonds generally considered to have the strongest possi­bility of paying interest and repaying principal when due. Standard & Poor's Corporation considers invest­ment grade bonds to be those it rates from AAA through BBB. Moody's considers investment grade to be from AAA to Baa3. Below investment grade bonds also are known as high yield or junk bonds. The NAIC designates investment grade bonds with the numerical rating of "I" or "2".

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EDGAR is Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval. EDGAR is an electronic system developed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). EDGAR permits companies to electronically file documents required for securities offerings and ongoing disclosure obligations with the SEC. EDGAR became fully operational mid-1995.

IMPAIRED ASSETS, in banking, applies to all problem assets which banks hold, and is not limited to problem loans. In addition to loans, it also captures off- balance sheet exposures and assets which have come onto banks balance sheets through enforcement of security conditions. See IMPAIRMENT OF VALUE.

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