prospectus

   A document that describes a proposal; more specifically, a document that is issued to prospective shareholders by a corporation that intends to make a public issue of shares. The prospectus provides details of the corporation's past and present performance, and of its prospects. A prospectus includes details on the financial position, the officers, the plans, any contingent obligations (e.g., lawsuits), and other information about the corporation so that potential investors or advisers can evaluate it. The Federal Securities Act requires that a prospectus be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and that the SEC grant approval before any major share issue occurs. State laws generally require similar documentation.

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  • prospectus — pro·spec·tus /prə spek təs/ n pl tus·es / tə səz/: a preliminary printed statement describing a business or other enterprise and distributed to prospective buyers, investors, or participants; specif: a description of a new security issue supplied …   Law dictionary

  • prospectus — [ prɔspɛktys ] n. m. • 1723 « programme de librairie »; mot lat. « vue, aspect », de prospicere « regarder devant » 1 ♦ Anciennt Annonce imprimée, brochure exposant le plan d un ouvrage à paraître, d une collection, d une série d ouvrages. 2 ♦… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Prospectus — may refer to: * Prospectus (finance) * Prospectus (university) …   Wikipedia

  • prospectus — 1765, from Fr. prospectus (1723), from L. prospectus view, outlook (see PROSPECT (Cf. prospect)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • prospectus — The plural form is prospectuses. The form prospecti is not only pedantic but ignorantly pedantic, since in Latin prospectus is a fourth declension noun with a plural form prospectus (which is not used in English) …   Modern English usage

  • Prospectus — Pro*spec tus, n. [L., a prospect, sight, view: cf. F. prospectus. See {Prospect}.] A summary, plan, or scheme of something proposed, affording a prospect of its nature; especially, an exposition of the scheme of an unpublished literary work.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prospectus I — est le premier album officiel de Raison d Être. Il est sorti en 1993. Liste des titres Numéro de piste Titre Durée 1 Katharsis 6:24 2 Ordeal In Chapel 5:37 3 Ascension De Profundis 6:38 4 Mourning …   Wikipédia en Français

  • prospectus — [n] details, outline of event announcement, catalogue, conspectus, design, list, plan, program, scheme, syllabus, synopsis; concept 283 …   New thesaurus

  • prospectus — ► NOUN (pl. prospectuses) ▪ a printed booklet advertising a school or university or giving details of a share offer. ORIGIN Latin, view, prospect …   English terms dictionary

  • prospectus — [prə spek′təs, präspek′təs, prōspek′təs] n. [L: see PROSPECT] a statement outlining the main features of a new or proposed publication, business enterprise, etc., or the attractions of an established institution such as a college, hotel, etc.;… …   English World dictionary

  • prospectus — A document that describes the details and financial support for a new bond or stock issue offering. A prospectus is required by the Securities and Exchange Commission. American Banker Glossary Formal written document to sell securities that… …   Financial and business terms

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