International Financial and Banking Centre (IFC)

A country identified as being a tax haven.

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London International Financial Futures Exchange
London International Financial Futures Exchange (LIFFE) is a London exchange where Eurodollar futures as well as futures-style options are traded.

Bank for International Settlements (BIS)
An international bank headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, which serves as a forum for monetary cooperation among several European central banks, the Bank of Japan, and the U.S. Federal Reserve System. Founded in 1930 to handle the German payment of World War I reparations, it now monitors and collects data on international banking activity and promulgates rules concerning international bank regulation.

International Fiscal Police (INTERFIPOL)
The tax crime counterpart to INTERPOL.

International Business Company (IBC)
An IBC is a corporation formed (incorporated) under a Company Act of a tax haven, but not authorized to do business within that country of incorporation; intended to be used for global operations. Owned by member(s)/shareholder(s). Has the usual corporate attributes.

International Criminal Police Organization
Commonly known as INTERPOL. The network of multinational law enforcement authorities established to exchange information regarding money laundering and other criminal activities. Currently more than 130 member nations.

Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 52
This is the currency translation standard currently used by U.S. firms. It mandates the use of the current rate method.

Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 8
This is a currency translation standard previously in use by U.S. accounting firms.

Short-term financial plan
A financial plan that covers the coming fiscal year.

Pro forma financial statements
Financial statements as adjusted to reflect a projected or planned transaction.

Perfectly competitive financial markets
Markets in which no trader has the power to change the price of goods or services. Perfect capital markets are characterized by the following conditions: a) trading is costless, and access to the financial markets is free, b) information about borrowing and lending opportunities is freely available, c) there are many traders, and no single trader can have a significant impact on market prices.

Notes to the financial statements
A detailed set of notes immediately following the financial statements in an annual report that explain and expand on the information in the financial statements.

Non-financial services
Include such things as freight, insurance, passenger services, and travel.

Long-term financial plan
Financial plan covering two or more years of future operations.

Changes in Financial Position
Sources of funds internally provided from operations that alter a company's cash flow position: depreciation, deferred taxes, other sources, and capital expenditures.

Corporate financial management
The application of financial principals within a corporation to create and maintain value through decision making and proper resource management.

Corporate financial planning
Financial planning conducted by a firm that encompasses preparation of both long- and short-term financial plans.

Country financial risk
The ability of the national economy to generate enough foreign exchange to meet payments of interest and principal on its foreign debt.

Financial Institutions Reform (FIRREA)
In August of 1989 the Financial Institutions Reform Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) was created. FIRREA abolishes the Federal Home Loan Bank Board and FSLIC, switches Savings & Loan regulation to newly created Office of Thrift Supervision. Deposit insurance function shifted to the FDIC. A new entity, the Resolution Trust Corporation is created to resolve the insolvent S&Ls.

Other major provisions of FIRREA include: $50 billion of new borrowing authority, with most financed from ...

Financial Services Authority (FSA)
The Financial Services Authority was created by the incoming UK Labor Government in 1997 as the regulatory body for the whole financial services industry. A number of separate regulatory bodies were brought together into the FSA. The FSA also took over the responsibilities that the Bank of England had for supervising banks and other financial institutions. The Chairman of the FSA is Howard Davies, an ex deputy governor of the Bank, and now a member of the Court of Directors. The Bank and the FSA ...

Financial economies of scale
The ability of large firms to borrow money on more favourable terms than small firms.

Financial intermediaries
Institutions which channel funds from people and institutions wishing to lend to those wishing to borrow.

Wholesale mortgage banking
The purchasing of loans originated by others, with the servicing rights released to the purchaser.

Basel Committee on Banking Supervision
A committee that meets under the auspices of the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland to set bank regulatory standards.

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A hostile takeover technique that may occurs when the acquiring company attempts to convince shareholders to use their proxy votes to install new management that is open to the takeover. The technique allows the acquired to avoid paying a premium for the target.


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