LETTER OF AUTHORIZATION Definition

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LETTER OF AUTHORIZATION (LOA) is a form that permits a Donor to provide written instructions to transfer a stock certificate in the Donor's name in full or in part to another party, such as a charitable organization, without using a transfer agent. This form given to the charitable organization with the designated stock certificate and a separate Stock Power is usually executed by the charitable organization's brokerage to expedite the sale and receipt of proceeds from the gift of securities.

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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).

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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