Capital, Volume III, Chapter 30.
 A leveraged buyout occurs when a financial sponsor acquires a controlling interest in a company's ownership equity and where a significant percentage of the purchase price is financed through leverage (borrowing). The assets of the acquired company are used as collateral for the borrowed capital, sometimes with assets of the acquiring company. The bonds or other paper issued for leveraged buyouts are commonly considered not to be investment grade because of the significant risks involved.
 McKinsey Global Institute, 2006.
 Derivatives are financial contracts, or financial instruments, whose values are derived from the value of something else (known as the underlying). The underlying on which a derivative is based can be an asset (e.g., commodities, equities (stocks), residential mortgages, commercial real estate, loans, bonds), an index (e.g., interest rates, exchange rates, stock market indices, consumer price index (CPI) — see inflation derivatives), or other items (e.g., weather conditions, or other derivatives). Credit derivatives are based on loans, bonds or other forms of credit. The main types of derivatives are forwards, futures, options, and swaps.
 Chandrasekhar, July 12 2007
 Reagan's politics were inspired by monetarists such as Milton Friedman for whom monetary orthodoxy is the most precious good.
 It then remained stable all through the 90s. This is an estimation made by Henri Houben on the basis of Edward Wolff's The Increasing Inequality of Wealth in America. In Belgium, that 1% is estimated at 25% of all private fortunes.
 GDP (gross domestic product) is the total value of all final goods and services produced in a particular economy over a year.
 Financial leverage takes the form of a loan (debt), the proceeds of which are (re)invested with the intent to earn a greater rate of return than the cost of interest.
 Lenin, "Imperialism the Highest Stage of Capitalism"
 Lenin, op. cit.
 Prime rate is a reference interest rate used by banks. The term originally indicated the rate of interest at which banks lent to favored customers.
 Solvency is the ability of an entity to pay its debts.
 They are called SPVs (Special purpose vehicles)