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prime

(prīm) [L. primus, first]
1. The period of greatest health and strength.
2. To give an initial treatment in preparation for either a larger dose of the same medicine, or a different medicine.

prime

n : a cue given to prompt, facilitate or inhibit a particular response in experimental studies; or v : the act of presenting a prime.

prime

first grade or best quality.
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The prime rate, not a deposit rate, is the focus in this article because the prevailing prime rate is much more uniform across banks than any measure of the prevailing deposit rate.
Recently, the prime rate has become less popular as the reference rate of housing loans.
ING Prime Rate Trust said that it was the first fund to invest in a portfolio of floating rate senior bank loans.
The increase in the Prime Rate is effective from 1 July 2007.
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ decided last week to raise its short-term prime rate also a quarter point to 1.
Nordea Finland, part of the pan-Nordic financial group Nordea AB, said on Tuesday (9 January) that it will raise its Prime Rate by 0.
Analysts expect the prime rate hike will have little impact on corporate borrowers, as banks actually offer lower rates than their prime rates in many cases to beat the competition.
Banks, in turn, raise the rates charged to their best customers - the prime rate.
The new facility also changes the applicable interest rate on outstanding borrowings from the prime rate at Bank of America, N.
Mizuho Corporate Bank said Thursday it will lower its long-term prime rate by 0.
As the Fed changes the federal funds rate, or the discount rate, banks tend to follow suit by adjusting their prime rate accordingly.
Concerns have been raised over adverse effects of a possible raise in the prime rate, which could pour cold water on companies' plans for capital investment.