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The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”)

A central securities certificate depository through which Securities are held in Book-Entry Only form.

DTC is a U.S. registered clearing agency for all types of Securities (i.e., an entity that is responsible for maintaining the records regarding clearing and settlement of trades and payments of Securities), including Bonds.  For eligible Book-Entry Only Securities, DTC receives Debt Service payments from the Paying Agent and distributes the Debt Service payments electronically to the ultimate beneficial owners of the Bonds.  Cede & Co., DTC’s nominee, is typically the only registered bondholder. 

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Book-Entry Only

Term used to describe a bond which cannot be purchased in physical or certificated form.

Registered Bond

A bond whose owner is designated on records maintained for this purpose by a registrar, often the paying agent or trustee. 

Fast Automated Securities Transfer (FAST)

Program of Depository Trust Company (DTC) with a goal of reducing certificate movement by having bond certificates held by FAST transfer agents rather than by DTC. 

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Average Life

Number of years to the point at which half of the principal of the bond will have been retired, which in turn gives an indication as to how fast the principal is expected to amortize.