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Decoder [Business Benchmark Middle East]
[April 20, 2014]

Decoder [Business Benchmark Middle East]

(Business Benchmark Middle East Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) REITs Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) is a security that sells like a stock on exchanges and invests in real estate directly, either through properties or mortgages. Individuals can invest in REITs either by pur- chasing their shares directly on an open exchange or by investing in a mutual fund that specializes in public real estate. REITs typically offer investors high yields, as well as a highly liquid method of investing in real estate. REITs can be classified as equity, mortgage, or a hybrid.Eq- uity REITs invest in and own properties. Their revenues come principally from their properties' rents. Mortgage REITs deal in investment and ownership of property mortgages. These REITs loan money for mortgages to owners of real estate, or pur- chase existing mortgages or Kangaroo bond Kangaroo bond, also known as Matilda bond, is a type of foreign bond that is issued in the Australian market by non-Australian firms and is denominated in Australian currency. The bond is subject to Australian laws and regulations.Foreign bonds, such as Kangaroo bonds, are mainly used to provide issu- ers with access to another capital market outside of their own to raise capital. Also, major corporations and/ or investment firms looking to diversify their holdings and improve their overall cur- rency exposures can use Kan- garoo bonds to raise funds in Australian dollars. Recently, National Bank of Abu Dhabi has announced plans to sell Kangaroo bonds, the lender's second foray into the Austral- ian dollar-denominated debt market, as it diversifies its investor base Perkins loan A need-based, low-interest loan available to students rather than their parents. The amount of the loan is determined by each college and is based on the expected family contribution. The student will be held responsible for this loan, not the par- ent. Repayment doesn't begin until after a student graduates, falls below half-time student status, or leaves college. After graduation, a student typically has a nine-month grace period during which interest doesn't accrue. Perkins loans offer low in- terest rates to students and can be repaid within ten years. The program is named after Carl D Perkins, a former member of the US House of Representative from Kentucky.

Bitcoin Bitcoin is an innovative payment network and a new kind of money. It's a peer-to-peer payment system and digital currency introduced as open source software in 2009 by pseudonymous developer Satoshi Nakamoto. It is a cryptocurrency, so-called because it uses cryptography to control the creation and transfer of money. Bitcoins are created by a process called mining, in which participants verify and record payments in exchange for transaction fees and newly minted bitcoins. Users send and receive bitcoins using wallet software on a personal computer, mobile device, or a web application. Bitcoin has been a subject of scrutiny due to its illicit activity. The US is considered Bitcoin-friendly compared to other governments. In China, new rules restrict bitcoin exchange for local currency. The European Banking Authority has warned that Bitcoin lacks consumer Business Benchmark is seeking to familiarise certain business terms to its readers. We are sure most readers are well-versed. Nonetheless, at least a few of you will find this exercise enlightening.  (c) 2014 Solus Globus Media Solutions FZ LLC. All rights reserved. Provided by, an company

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