REGULAR SETTLEMENT Definition

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REGULAR SETTLEMENT is 1) For short-term or U.S. Trea­sury securities, the settlement, or payment and delivery, is the next business day after the trade date. 2) For cor­porate notes, bonds and municipal securities, settlement is in five business days. 3) For mortgage-backed securities, settlement is after the 15th of the month. 4) For Euro­dollar Certificates of Deposit, settlement is two business days after the trade date. Also known as "Regular Way.'

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DIVIDEND DATE: The payment date remains the same over the life of the issue, but the board of directors must approve or declare each individual payment. On the date that a board declares a dividend, it also sets a record date and ex-dividend (without dividend) date.

EARNING POWER is earnings before interest and taxes [EBIT] divided by total assets.

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