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Stands for Prescribed Right to Income and Maximum Equity, a certificate that entitles the owner to the dividend/income from an underlying security, but not to the capital appreciation of that security.


1. In commercial banking, the best available interest rate under most circumstances. Generally speaking, only the most creditworthy customers receive the prime, but this is not always true. In any case, a prime serves as a benchmark against which other interest rates are compared. In this sense, it is also called the prime rate.

2. Describing the highest possible credit rating on a bond, either Aaa (for Moody's) or AAA (for S&P and Fitch).


1. Of or relating to a debt security rated AAA or Aaa.
2. See prime rate.


To come before another creditor in terms of priority of payment should there be insufficient assets to pay all creditors.A first mortgage holder primes a second mortgage holder,who primes a later judgment creditor, who primes a general unsecured creditor. Filing for bankruptcy reshuffles the deck,as the bankruptcy trustee primes large categories of creditors.

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PICTURE BOOK: Victoria Smith and Anthony Hadley, above, and Niall Blanchflower, top, at Huyton library's Primary Colours exhibition Pictures: COLIN LANE
The shows which Primary Colours will perform during Black History Month include Olivia's Journey which tells the stories of those who travelled from Jamaica to settle and work in Britain during the 1950s and 1960s.
THE founder of Huddersfield-based community publishing and learning development company Primary Colours is to feature in a TV documentary next week.
The three separately switchable, compact fluorescent lamps in red, green and blue, not only produce these primary colours, but also three secondary-colour pastel shades and one shade of white.