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Terms in Alternative Investments


An A-note is in the highest tranche, or tier, of an asset-backed security (ABS) or other structured financial product. read more

Advance-Deposit Wagering (ADW)

Advanced-deposit wagering is a form of gambling in which the bettor must fund his account before being allowed to place bets. read more

Alternative Investment

An alternative investment is a financial asset that does not fall into one of the conventional investment categories. read more

Amortizing Security

An amortizing security is a debt-backed investment where, unlike bonds, some principal is payed along with each interest payment, rather than at maturity. read more

Auction House

A company that facilitates the buying and selling of assets, such as works of art and collectibles.  read more


A B-note is the secondary tranche in a commercial mortgage-backed security that carries higher returns with higher risk. read more

Bespoke CDO

A bespoke CDO is a structured financial product that a dealer creates and customizes for a specific group of investors, who then buy a tranche (portion) of it. read more

Broad Index Secured Trust Offering (BISTRO)

A Broad Index Secured Trust Offering (BISTRO) was a proprietary predecessor to synthetic collateralized debt obligation structures. read more

Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA)

Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) is a designation financial professionals can earn to show competency in analyzing non-traditional assets.  read more

Capital Guarantee Fund

A capital guarantee fund provides principal protection to investors, but does not guarantee any return in excess of that amount. read more

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