Underwriter

A party that guarantees the proceeds to the firm from a security sale, thereby in effect taking ownership of the securities. Or, stated differently, a firm, usually an investment bank, that buys an issue of securities from a company and resells it to investors. The New York Times Financial Glossary

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underwriter un‧der‧writ‧er [ˈʌndəˌraɪtə ǁ -dərˌraɪtər] noun [countable]
1. FINANCE a financial institution that underwrites a share issue, that arranges to sell shares to investors and agrees to buy any shares that are not bought by them
2. INSURANCE a person, usually someone who works for an insurance company, who calculates the risk involved in an activity and decides how much insurance will cost to cover it
3. INSURANCE a person who agrees to accept the risk of any loss under an insurance contract:

• one of the country's foremost insurance underwriters

maˌrine ˈunderwriter INSURANCE
a person or company that makes marine insurance contracts

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underwriter UK US /ˈʌndəˌraɪtər/ US  /-dəraɪṱɚ/ noun [C]
INSURANCE an organization, or someone working for one, that underwrites insurance policies: »

Mortgage insurance underwriters refuse coverage for loans made to borrowers with credit scores less than 575.

STOCK MARKET a financial organization, or someone working for one, that underwrites new shares when they are offered for sale: »

The biggest underwriter was Swiss Bank Corporation in London agreeing to back one third of the shares.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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