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Cap

An upper limit on the interest rate on a floating-rate note (FRN) or an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM). Also, an OTC derivatives contract consisting of a series of European interest rate call options; used to protect an issuer of floating-rate debt from interest rate increases. Each individual call option within the cap is called a caplet. Opposite of a floor.

Cap

1. Informal for market capitalization.

2. In a floating-rate note or an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM), the highest possible interest rate. For example, if one has an adjustable-rate mortgage on a house, the interest rate fluctuates periodically. However, if the homeowner has a cap on the interest rate, there is a guarantee that it will never rise above a certain percent, no matter what the ARM formula would otherwise dictate. A cap is designed to protect the person or company making the interest payments. See also: Floor, Collar.

cap

1. An upper limit on the interest rate to be paid on a floating-rate note.

Cap.

A cap is a ceiling, or the highest level to which something can go.

For example, an interest rate cap limits the amount by which an interest rate can be increased over a specific period of time. A typical cap on an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) limits interest rate increases to two percentage points annually and six percentage points over the term of the loan.

In a different example, the cap on your annual contribution to an individual retirement account (IRA) is $4,000 for 2006 and 2007 and $5,000 in 2008, provided you have earned at least that much. If you're 50 or older, you can make an additional catch-up contribution of $1,000 each year.

CAP

see COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY.

cap

A ceiling on the adjustments that can be made in the payments or interest rate of an adjustable-rate loan.

Cap

Same as Float-Down.

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These devices are easy to insert and remove for most women, although some women can't use the cervical cap because they have an irregularly shaped cervix.
Table 1: Percentage of unintended pregnancies in the first year of contraceptive use Method Perfect use Typical use Male condom 2 15 Female condom 5 21 Diaphragm 6 16 Cervical cap (Parous woman) 26 32 Cervical cap (Nulliparous woman) 9 16 Spermicides 18 29 Combined pill and minipill 0.
When used with a female mechanical barrier method (for example a cervical cap or diaphragm) N-9 is more effective than when used alone.
The Food and Drug Administration approved marketing of the cervical cap in May 1988 after a National Institutes of Health study and other reports demonstrated its effectiveness in preventing pregnancy.
A cervical cap is a thimble or cap-shaped device smaller than a diaphragm that fits snugly over the cervix.
The success of this product is the result of Rinovum having provided the first take-home true aid in conception for consumers that is a safe, easy way to perform cervical cap insemination, an established conception technique previously available only by prescription and in a doctor's office.
1% Barrier Methods: Male Latex Condom(*) 14% Diaphragm(**) 5-20% Cervical Cap (no previous births)(**) 15% Cervical Cap (previous births)(**) 30% Female Condom 21% Sponge 18-28% Spermicide: (gel, foam, suppository, film) 26% Natural Methods: Withdrawal 18-20% Natural Family Planning (calendar, temperature, cervical mucus) 15-20% No Method 85% * used without spermicide ** used with spermicide
D] The cervical cap, one of the most effective and convenient
The risk factors for asymptomatic bacteriuria were identical to those predisposing the women to symptomatic infections: recent sexual intercourse, use of a diaphragm with spermicide, spermicide used alone, and use of a cervical cap, said Dr.
The Conception Kit contains fertility prediction tools, semen collectors and the only FDA-cleared home-use cervical cap for conception, which are designed to be used together for up to three months in order to enhance the couple's chance of becoming pregnant.
The Stork OTC gives couples a way to use cervical cap insemination, an established conception technique, in the privacy of their home, Bollinger says.
1% Barrier Methods: Male Latex Condom (*) 14% Diaphragm (**) 5-20% Cervical Cap (no previous births) (**) 15% Cervical Cap (previous births) (**) 30% Female Condom 21% Sponge 18-28% Spermicide: (gel, foam, suppository, film) 26% Natural Methods: Withdrawal 18-20% Natural Family Planning (calendar, temperature, cervical mucus) 15-20% No Method 85% (*) used without spermicide (**) used with spermicide