cushion

cushion
In the context of project financing, the extra amount of net cash flow remaining after expected debt service. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary
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Portion of the assets of a guaranteed or protected fund that can be exposed to risk without jeopardising the guarantee or protection feature. For example, if a fund worth €100 needs €80 to honour the guarantee or protection, it can expose €20 ("the cushion") to risk in order to boost returns. NYSE Euronext Glossary

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Ⅰ.
cushion UK US /ˈkʊʃən/ verb [T]
to make the effect or force of something less severe: »

For two years subsidies have cushioned the impact of accelerating inflation.

cushion sb/sth against sth »

Governments can use fiscal policy to cushion the economy against future recessions.

cushion the blow — Cf. cushion the blow
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cushion UK US /ˈkʊʃən/ noun [C usually singular]
something that makes the effects of a bad situation less severe: »

You should aim to build up a cushion of three months' income in your savings account, for emergencies.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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