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Adjustable rate

Applies mainly to convertible securities. Refers to interest rate or dividend that is adjusted periodically, usually according to a standard market rate outside the control of the bank or savings institution, such as that prevailing on Treasury bonds or notes. Typically, such issues have a set floor or ceiling, called caps and collars that limits the adjustment.

Adjustable Rate

An interest rate on a loan or convertible security that changes periodically. For example, an adjustable rate mortgage has a certain interest rate that changes with varying frequency. The frequency of the change is called the adjustment rate. Usually, the adjustable rate is set according to some outside benchmark; for example, a loan might set the interest rate at LIBOR + 1%. An advantage of adjustable rate loans is the fact that one's interest rate might fall over time; this is a particular advantage if prevailing interest rates are high at the time of the loan. A disadvantage to adjustable rates is the uncertainty associated with them: one's payments on the loan generally rise or fall.
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HUD is aiming to push the HECM market back toward loans that provide flexible lines of credit at adjustable interest rates.
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The traditional mortgage has a fixed interest rate and level monthly payments that pay off the loan over 30 years, but loans with adjustable interest rates (ARMs) and variable payment schedules have also become common.
In order to generate a steady flow of mortgage loans to sustain this mass production of mortgage-backed securities, Countrywide routinely issued loans to borrowers who otherwise would never have qualified for them - and indeed, did not qualify for the loans they received -- through, for example, "low doc" and "no doc" loan programs, often with adjustable interest rates that had been designed for borrowers with higher incomes and better credit.
16% of the mortgage loans have adjustable interest rates.
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The adjustable interest rates are indexed to the three month LIBOR, the 12 month LIBOR, the one year CMT, and the Prime Rate.
According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, nearly 25 percent of mortgages, or 10 million, carry adjustable interest rates.

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