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Death Spiral

A loan that investors give to a publicly-traded company in exchange for convertible bonds. The convertible bonds give the investor a right to buy shares in the company at a low, agreed-upon price. However, issuing these bonds creates more shares outstanding when they are converted, which results in a drop in the share price. The low share price encourages more bondholders to convert their bonds to equity, which causes a further drop in price and the process continues. Because of this disadvantage, companies only engage in death spirals if they badly need cash.

death spiral

The deteriorating financial condition and associated stock price of a cash-starved company that can raise capital only under the most onerous of terms. Restrictions and high interest charges on new capital cause the company to end up in an even worse financial position.
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The point of the PhD is to come to some conclusion about how important the fossil fuel disinvestment movement is as a driver of energy policy; how important the carbon bubble argument is for energy policy; and whether 'death spirals' are unusual occurrences for network companies or whether their drivers are something the network companies need to understand.
A pair of smiling North Korean skaters has carried out lifts and death spirals during practices ahead of the Winter Olympics, drawing applause from spectators at Gangneung Ice Arena.
The chief justice wrote that without the subsidies made available through the premium tax credit, the health insurance markets in the states where the credits would not be available would undergo economic "death spirals" that would thwart the law's purpose (slip op.
These policies created an "economic 'death spiral'" for those states' health insurance markets (slip op.
Predictions of debt disaster, a debased dollar, and Obama death spirals reflect the same ideology, and the utter failure of these predictions should inspire major doubts about that ideology.
And it would only get worse: At the beginning of 2014 the right's favoured experts - or maybe that should be"experts" - were warning about a"death spiral" in which only the sickest citizens would sign up, causing premiums to soar even higher and many people to drop out of the programme.
On this level, it doesn't disappoint, with death spirals, flying spins and aerial dancing embroidering the story - a fall by one of the company reminding the audience that this game is not as easy as the professionals make it seem.
Gone are the days of hair-raising cork-screw landings -- dubbed death spirals -- as the bloodshed has ebbed from a peak of sectarian warfare in 2006 and 2007, though bombings and suicide attacks still occur regularly across Iraq
Although the Harvard and UC experiences suggest that these "adverse selection death spirals" could be important, the results don't tell us how adverse selection affects the overall level of insurance coverage in a market because the universities are closed systems.
But although the stage may be smaller than an arena, the ice skaters will still be working their magic and entertaining the audiences with triple flips, triple toe loops, double axels, death spirals, camel spins, triple throw axels and lifts galore as part of their unique style of theatre on ice.
For this reason, the securities are known as toxic or death spirals, and are used only by companies in dire need of cash.
They agreed on the types of music, the styles of choreography, and on how important it is to work not only on what we call content and elements"--the tricks, such as jumps, spins, lifts, death spirals, and throw twists--"but also on the way each move was done.