Business & Finance: Stockmarket

With $500,000 surplus cash to put aside until it is needed, a corporation usually does one of two things. It may bury the money, either in gilt-edged securities, yielding from 3 to 4%, or in its bank account, where it draws 2% as a commercial deposit. Or it may ask the bank to lend the money out on call, at interest rates ranging from 5 to 10%. As the bank asks only a small commission for this service and generally assumes all the risk, the conversion of surpluses into call loans has become a popular feature of corporation financing. In...