Canadian Financial, Real Estate and Mortgage Glossary

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finance, insurance and real estate (FIRE)Definition, Important
A section of land including all the natural resources (above and below the surface) and any permanent buildings or structures located on it. Also known as "realty."
Financial Administration Act (FAA) — Canada
Financial Advisors Association of Canada (FAAC) — Company Est.1906, Canada
  ➥  Better known as Advocis.
Financial Assistance Worker (FAW) — Canada
Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) — Company Est.2001, Canada
  ➥  Established by the federal government to protect and educate consumers of financial products and services in Canada.
Financial Groups Directive (FDG) — Acronym
Financial Institutions Commission (FICOM) — Company, British Columbia, Canada, Important
A regulatory agency of the BC Ministry of Finance.
financial internal rate of return (FIRR) — Acronym
financial management board secretariat (FMBS) — Northwest Territories, Canada
financial management rate of return (FMRR) — Acronym
Financial Markets Risk Management Course (FRM) — Canada
financial planning diploma (FPD) — Acronym
financial planning proficiency exam (FPPE) — Acronym
Financial Planning Supplement (FPSU) — Canada
financial responsibility centre (FRC) — Canada
financial responsibility lawsDefinition
A type of law that requires an entity to be capable of paying for damages in the event of a potential claim.
Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) — Company Est.1998, Ontario, Canada, Very Important
A regulatory agency of the Ministry of Finance that protects public interests and regulates insurance, pension plans, loan and trust companies, credit unions, caisses populaires, mortgage brokering, and co-operative corporations in Ontario.
  ➥  Oversees the mortgage, insurance and pension industries in Ontario.
Financial Transaction and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) — Company, Canada
financing entityDefinition
An entity that purchases an insurance policy or settlement contract.
financing expensesDefinition
Expenses sustained from interest payments, financing, and dividends to shareholders.
finder feeDefinition
A fee paid by a party to another for services rendered.
finished room over garage (FROG) — Acronym
finite reinsuranceDefinition
A reinsurance arrangement where the reinsurer only takes on a limited amount of risk from the ceding party.
fire insuranceDefinition
Insurance that covers losses from fire damage to insured assets.
firm commitmentDefinition
A lender's promise to lend money to a specific borrower on specified terms at a certain time.
first dollar coverageDefinition
Insurance coverage that does not require the insured to pay a deductible.
first lienDefinition
Primary claim by the lender for satisfaction of outstanding debt. A first mortgage creates a first lien.
first loss insurance policyDefinition
An insurance policy where the policyholder under-insures their assets and will only receive partial coverage in the event of a loss.
first mortgageDefinition, Important
A mortgage that is the primary lien against a property.
First National Financial (FNF) — Company Est.2006, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  ➥  A Canadian NHA approved mortgage lender that offers all lending types, including both residential single family and multi-unit mortgages.
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