Business / Taxes / Underwriter: An underwriter, typically an investment banker, buys an entire new securities issue from the company or government offering it, and resells the issue as individual stocks or bonds to the public. Part of the underwriter's job is to weigh the risks involved in taking on the financial responsibility of finding buyers against the profit to be made on the difference between the price paid for the issue and the amount it will generate. Typically, a number of bankers join forces as a purchase group, or syndicate, to spread the risk around and to reach the widest possible market. Insurance policies also need an underwriter. In this case, the term refers to a company that is willing to take the risk of insuring your life, property, income, or health in return for a premium, or payment.
Business / Finance / Lead Underwriter: The head of a syndicate of financial firms that are sponsoring an initial public offering of securities or a secondary offering of securities. Could also apply to bond issues. MORE
Business / Finance / Managing Underwriter: The leading firm in an underwriting group, which originates the deal and acts as an agent for the group. MORE