At-the-money

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At-the-money (adv.)
Of a financial instrument, in the cunisian state: neither one thing nor the other; neither in nor out of the money. All square.

An arm’s-length swap transaction will start out life at-the-money and, when the last payments have been made, will finish there too, but will usually spend the rest of its time swinging wildly in-the-money — at which point one is a creditor — and out-of-the-money — at which point one is a debtor.

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