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OFF-BOOK PARTNERSHIP is a type of blind trust. It offers some advantages over the traditional methods of capital procurement. In some cases there is a fatal lack of transparency (e.g. Enron) that allows off-book partners to hide debts, pump profits, launder money and enrich insiders, but ultimately bankrupting the company and stripping assets from its employees' pension funds. See BLIND TRUST.

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UNSECURED is obligation backed not by collateral but only by the integrity of the borrower. Opposite of secured.

CURTAIL is to terminate or abbreviate before an intended or proper end or its full extent, e.g. the national product launch was curtailed due to lack of acceptance in the rural market place.

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