Finance terms

Learning some basic finance terms:

Credit support Annex (CSA)

It is is a legal document which regulates credit support for derivative transactions. It is one of the four parts that make up an ISDA Master Agreement but is not mandatory. It is possible to have an ISDA agreement without a CSA but normally not a CSA without an ISDA.

Global Master Repurchase Agreement (GMRA)

It is a model legal agreement designed for parties transacting repos and is published by the International Capital Market Association (ICMA), which is the body representing theĀ  bond and repo markets in Europe. The GMRA is the principal master agreement for cross-border repos globally, as well as for many domestic repo markets.

ISDA master agreement

It is the most commonly used master service agreement for Over-the-counter (OTC) derivative transactions internationally. It is part of a framework of documents, designed to enable OTC derivatives to be documented fully and flexibly.

Over-the-counter (OTC)

Also known as “off-exchange” trading is done directly between two parties, without any supervision of an exchange. It is contrasted with exchange trading, which occurs via exchanges. In an OTC trade, the price is not necessarily published for the public.

Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)

The OFAC is a financial intelligence and enforcement agency of the U.S. government charged with planning and execution of economic and trade sanctions in support of U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives. Very interesting the history of this institution.

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