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.
ORDINARY INCOME is the income derived from the regular operating activities of a business or individual, but exclusive of capital gains. Net income from a business, along with personal wages, interest, and dividends are examples of ordinary income.
HIGH-YIELD DEBT is a business term referring to a corporate debt instrument (non-investment grade or junk bond), that has a higher yield (compared to investment grade debt) because of a high perceived credit risk (default risk). See also JUNK BOND.
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