Cadence Glossary

Accredited Investor

There are two ways of establishing accredited investor status:

  1. You have earned income that exceeded $200,000 (or $300,000 together with a spouse) in each of the prior two years, and reasonably expect the same for the current year
  2. You have a net worth over $1 million, either alone or together with a spouse (excluding the value of the person’s primary residence).
Alternative Investments

An alternative investment is an asset that is not a conventional investment type, such as stocks, bonds and cash.


Anti-Money Laundering (AML) specifically refers to all policies and regulation that force financial institutions to proactively monitor their clients in order to prevent money laundering and corruption. These laws also require both that financial institutions report any financial crimes they find and that they do what is possible to stop them.  At Cadence, the KYC process is one of the key components to the company AML program.


Amortization is the gradual repayment of a debt over a period of time. These payments often are an aggregate of the interest accrued as well as the principal owed.

Annualized Default Rate

At times, it may be worthwhile to look at defaults on a portfolio of assets over a particular period, instead of on a “per vintage” basis. This might be particularly helpful for comparing assets of varying durations. The idea follows the logic that a 5% default rate on a 12-month loan presents a different amount of credit risk than a 5% default rate on a 3-month loan reinvested 4 times over the same year. Essentially, an Annualized Default Rate measures cumulative defaults per dollar invested in the underlying assets and reinvested over one year. At Cadence, we calculate it as follows:


Annual Percentage Yield (APY) is the yield on an investment in one year, taking into account the effects of compounding.

Asset Class

An asset class is a group of securities that exhibits similar characteristics, behaves similarly in the marketplace, and is subject to the same laws and regulations. In the public markets, there are three main asset classes: equities (stocks), bonds, and money market instruments. In alternative investing, asset classes can include real estate, commodities, cryptocurrencies, etc.


A blockchain is a time-stamped series of immutable record of data that is managed by cluster of computers not owned by any single entity. Each of these blocks of data are secured and bound to each other using cryptographic principles.

Callable Note

A callable note is a note in which the issuer reserves the right to return the investor’s principal and stop interest payments before the note’s maturity date.


Collateral is an asset pledged to a financing provider as a guarantee for repayment of a loan. It is to be forfeited to the financing provider in the event of a default.

Compounded Interest

Compound interest is the result of reinvesting interest, rather than paying it out, so that interest in the next period is then earned on the principal sum plus previously accumulated interest.

Counterparty Risk

Counterparty risk is the risk associated with the other party to a financial contract not meeting its obligations. It is the likelihood or probability that one of those involved in a transaction might default on its contractual obligation.

Debt Securities

A debt security is a financial instrument issued by an entity and sold to an investor. The security has a loan as its underlying asset and it represents an obligation for the investor to be paid back the face value plus interest income as the instrument matures. The most common type of debt security are bonds such as corporate bonds or government bonds.


A failure to make scheduled loan payments when they come due is considered a default. The consequences of a loan default depend on whether the debt is secured or unsecured. A secured loan is debt that’s related to a specific asset. If you default on a secured loan, the financing provider might respond by claiming the underlying asset.


A disbursement is a payment from an investment.  For example, in an amortizing investment, disbursements of principal and interest are made periodically in accordance with the amortization schedule.  In non-amortizing deals, disbursement is made in a lump sum upon deal maturity.

Distributed Ledger Technology

Distributed ledger technology is a consensus of share, and synchronized data dispersed across multiple nodes or sites. There is no central administrator of data, but rather a peer-to-peer network, where each replicates and saves an identical copy of the ledger and updates itself independently.  The lack of authority allows for a source of truth that is immutable.

Due Diligence

Due diligence is an investigation or audit of a potential investment opportunity or product to confirm facts and/or uncover risks.  Due diligence refers to the research done before entering into an agreement or a financial transaction with another party. For example, when purchasing a business the investor may want to review financial records or visit the business in person. Cadence has a stringent due diligence process as a part of the company risk framework.


Etherscan is the leading BlockExplorer for the Ethereum Blockchain. A BlockExplorer is essentially a search engine that allows users to easily lookup, confirm and validate transactions that have taken place on the Ethereum Blockchain.


The Financial Instrument Global Identifier (FIGI) is an open standard, unique identifier of financial instruments that can be assigned to instruments including common stock, options, derivatives, futures, corporate and government bonds, municipals, currencies, and mortgage products.

First Loss Cushion

In the context of a Cadence note, the first loss cushion is a form of credit enhancement that requires originators to absorb a percentage of any losses from the asset pool to a predetermined point provision.

Holding Period Rate (HPR)

Holding period rate (HPR) is the change in value of an investment, asset or portfolio over a particular period. It is the entire gain or loss, including principal and interest, divided by the value at the beginning of the period. On Cadence, for notes divided into different periods between which interest or principal repayments are made, the total HPR for the investment horizon is the sum of the holding period rates for each period.

For example, consider the HPR on a 2 month $100 note that pays 1% per month and amortizes half the note amount after month 1. The HPR would be as follows:

Internal Rate of Return (IRR)

IRR is the rate of return that equates the present value of an investment’s expected gains with the present value of its costs. It’s the discount rate for which the net present value of an investment is zero. In other words, it is the ROI discounted for future cash flows.

NPV= net present value
T= number of time periods
Ct= total net cash flow during period t
C0= total initial investment costs
r= discount rate
*This formula is best solved by using a financial calculator or Excel

Read about whether this returns calculation is the optimal one for your portfolio in Cadence’s blog article.

Invoice Factoring

Invoice Factoring is a financial transaction and a type of debtor finance. In an invoice factoring, a business sells its accounts receivable (e.g. invoice) to a third party (called a factor) at a discount.  A company will sometimes factor its receivable assets to meet its present and immediate cash needs. It might also factor their invoices to mitigate credit risk.


Know Your Customer (KYC) is a regulatory bank customer identity verification practices to assess and monitor customer risk and a legal requirement to comply that are intended to prevent banks from being used for money laundering activities.  KYC is one of the several identity verification processes used by Cadence.


A right to keep possession of property or assets belonging to another counterparty until a debt owed by that person is discharged.


The loan-to-value (LTV) ratio is a financial term used by lenders to express the ratio of a loan to the value of an asset purchased.

Master Participation Agreement (MPA)

A master participation agreement (MPA) is the legal contract transferring economic ownership of underlying assets from originator to SPV while maintaining originator servicing of underlying assets.

Merchant Cash Advance (MCA)

Merchant cash advance (MCA) is a form of financing that allows a company to sell a portion of its future sales in exchange for an immediate payment. This financing provides the company with funds to pay operational expenses and to grow.


The moment and process of entering into a financial contract. For a lender, accepting an application and extending a cash advance or a loan results in the “origination” of a new financial asset.

Participation Interest

Participation interest refers to the percentage of total assets purchased by Cadence from the originators existing portfolio.

Private Placement Memorandum (PPM)

A Private Placement Memorandum (PPM) is a document providing information about a proposed private placement of securities, where a company sells securities to select investors, rather than releasing them to the public.

Purchase Order Financing

Purchase order financing is a funding solution for businesses that lack the cash flow to complete customer orders. It is an advance from a financing company that pays your supplier to manufacture and deliver the goods to the customer. The financing company will use the purchase order as an indication of future income and as collateral.

Regulation D

In the United States, under the Securities Act of 1933, any offer to sell securities must either be registered with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or meet certain qualifications to exempt them from such registration.

Regulation D (Reg D) is a SEC regulation governing private placement exemptions. Reg D offerings are advantageous to private companies or entrepreneurs that meet the requirements because funding can be faster to obtain and less costly than with a public offering.

Return on Investment (ROI)

ROI is the percent difference between the current value of an investment and the original value.



Read about whether this returns calculation is the optimal one for your portfolio in Cadence’s blog article.

Revolving Loan

A  loan arrangement that allows for the loan amount to be withdrawn, repaid, and redrawn again any number of times, until the arrangement matures.

Rollover Loan

A rollover loan is essentially a loan that gets renewed at a defined point, as stipulated in a loan contract. The terms and conditions of the new loan may be different from those of the original loan.

SEC Reg D Exempt Rule 506(b)

Companies that comply with the requirements of Rule 506(b) do not have to register their offering of securities with the SEC.


Securitization, the practice of pooling together various types of debt instruments (assets) such as MCAs and other consumer loans and selling them as bonds to investors.

Security Token

Security tokens typically represent a financial interest in the issuer of the security. Security tokens regulated as they are the digital representation of traditional financial instruments.

Smart Contract

Smart contracts are self-executing contracts with the terms of the agreement between counterparties being directly written into lines of code. Smart contracts permit trusted transactions and agreements to be carried out among counterparties without the need for intermediaries. They render transactions traceable, transparent, and irreversible.


A small and midsize business (SMB).

Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV)

A special purpose vehicle is a “bankruptcy-remote entity” that a parent company uses to securitize assets. SPV operations are limited to the acquisition and financing of specific assets as a method of isolating risk. It is a subsidiary company with an asset/liability structure and legal status that makes its obligations secure, even in the event that parent company goes bankrupt or ceases operations.

Subordinated Debt

Subordinated debt is an unsecured loan that ranks below other, more senior loans or securities with respect to claims on assets or earnings

Term Loan

A term loan is a monetary loan that is repaid in regular payments over a set period of time.

Token Returns

On Cadence’s platform, token returns found in the My Portfolio view represent interest accumulated by an investment.


Tokenization is the process of converting a physical asset into a token that can be transferred, recorded, and stored on a blockchain.


Vintage is the time period when a financial asset was originated. Also, assets originated during the same calendar period are said to collectively comprise a “vintage.” For example, if a lender made a loan on January 12th, 2020, that loan’s vintage would be “January 2020.” Further, all loans originated that month could be called the “January 2020 vintage.” One way of measuring underwriting quality is to track past vintages over time.

Wallet Address

When you invest in a deal, a digital security is issued to represent your investment on-chain. Cadence does not use cryptocurrencies and does not have its own token. All transactions are immutable and traceable but at the same time anonymized. Each address represents an investor and tracks their investment activity.

Whole Business Securitization

A whole business securitization (WBS) is a transaction in which an issuance of notes is secured by a pool of income-generating assets (other than “financial assets” like loans or receivables) that make up substantially all the revenues of a business.

Working Capital

Working capital is the money a business uses in its day-to-day trading operations. It is calculated as the current assets minus the current liabilities.

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