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.
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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