Contingent Guarantee(redirected from Contingent Guarantees)
A guarantee made by a third party to the buyer of a good or service stating that the seller will receive payment on time and in the correct amount. If the buyer fails to make the payment, the third party will make payment on his/her behalf. Contingent guarantees, known as letters of credit, have become very common in international commerce, as distance and other factors make it difficult for sellers to establish the credit worthiness of every buyer. See also: Co-signer.