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Capital Markets, Derivatives, and the LawPositivity and Preparation$
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Alan N. Rechtschaffen

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190879631

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190879631.001.0001

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Financial Instruments and the Capital Markets

Financial Instruments and the Capital Markets

(p.47) 5 Financial Instruments and the Capital Markets
Capital Markets, Derivatives, and the Law

Alan N. Rechtschaffen

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a discussion on the capital markets. It compares primary and secondary markets, and long-term versus short-term marketplaces. This is followed by a case study on the auction rate securities (ARS) market. The second section discusses financial instruments, covering the types of financial instruments (equity-based financial instruments, debt-based financial instruments, derivatives, cryptocurrency and digital assets), and the distinction between debt and equity, and federal regulation. The final section deals with the role of the attorney. It discusses competent representation, the duty to advise the client, drafting financial instruments, regulatory compliance, and the issuance of opinion letters to clients regarding the implications of financial transactions.

Keywords:   capital markets, ARS market, financial instruments, debt, equity, cryptocurrency, digital assets, attorney

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