1. An investment company whose purpose is to collect investment funds from a pool of individual investors and invest them in financial securities.
  2. The underwriting procedure which must be completed by the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) before a security can be offered for sale to the public.
  3. A type of risk most often present in mortgage transactions. It expresses the potential for change in financial factors during the time lapse between the mortgage application and the purchase of the property.