PROFIT BEFORE TAXES Definition

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PROFIT BEFORE TAXES (PBT) is a profitability measure that looks at a companys profits before the company has to pay income tax. This measure deducts all expenses from revenue including interest expenses and operating expenses, but it leaves out the payment of tax.

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MINIMUM QUOTE SIZE REQUIREMENT, NASD Rule 6650, is the minimum size at which a market maker is permitted to display bid or offers in the BBX. The minimum size required depends on the price of the stock. For example, all quotes on the OTCBB priced under $0.50 have a minimum quote size of 5,000 shares.

MORTGAGE-BACKED SECURITY is a security that returns principal and interest monthly as payments are received on the underlying mortgages. Mortgage-backed securities are made up of individual home mortgages guaranteed by the government and its agencies. The mortgages are packaged into pools by the Government National Mortgage Association (GNMA), the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA), the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. (FHLMC) or a nongovernment-affiliated entity. Unscheduled repayment of principal can shorten the maturity of the bonds.

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