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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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His "formula" will help you check on what we have already found, as you complete the table and test for primeness the "middle" number in the factor sum
Moreover, since U remains prime by the primeness of R, replacing R by U we may assume that the extended centroid C = Z(U) is just the center of R.
In most areas of Pennsylvania, pelt primeness for raccoons, foxes and coyotes usually increases dramatically by the first week of November and early- to mid-November is an excellent time to start trapping for these species," said Dr.