Business / Finance / Instruments: Notes issued by a federal agency whose obligations are guaranteed by the full-faith-and-credit of the government, even though the agency's responsibilities are not necessarily those of the U.S. government.

Alternative Mortgage Instruments

Business / Finance / Alternative Mortgage Instruments: Variations of mortgage instruments such as adjustable-rate and variable-rate mortgages, graduated-payment mortgages, reverse-annuity mortgages, and several seldom-used variations. MORE

Derivative Instruments

Business / Finance / Derivative Instruments: The reduction of government's role in controlling markets, which lead to freer markets, and presumably a more efficient marketplace. MORE

Fixed Income Instruments

Business / Finance / Fixed Income Instruments: Also called a busted convertible. Convertible security that is trading like a straight security because the optioned common stock is trading well below the conversion price. MORE

Big Band

Entertainment / Music / Big Band: Large jazz ensemble popular in 1930s and 1940s, featuring sections of trumpets, trombones, saxophones (and other woodwinds), and rhythm instruments (piano, double bass, drums and guitar). MORE


Entertainment / Music / Madrigal: Renaissance secular work originating in Italy for voices, with or without instruments, set to a short, lyric love poem: also popular in England. MORE


Entertainment / Music / Ensemble: The performance of either all instruments of an orchestra or voices in a chorus. MORE