OFF THE BOOKS Definition

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OFF THE BOOKS is a term associated with transactions which do not appear in any of the financial records kept by a business. Strictly speaking, 'off the books' implies cash payments received for assets (products and services) which are not officially recorded in the accounting system of the business.

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PURCHASE AND INSTALLMENT SALEBACK, in real estate, is a contract purchase of real property upon the completion of construction. The subject property is then immediately sold back on a long-term installment contract.

FINANCIAL ENGINEERING is a process involving the creation and combination of a variety of financial instruments in order achieve a defined financial objective within certain cost, tax and legal constraints, e.g. combining or dividing existing financial products to create new financial products.

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