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To focus on the human, unencumbered by some form of spectacular political narrative — no glimpses of atrocities, no backroom conversations of resistance — is another form of freedom, Huang says.
Upon viewing Bieber unencumbered (great memoir title for him, BTW), these were their reactions.
What on earth would possess J.R. Smith to overplay Durant so dramatically as to give him unencumbered access to the rim?
The Slidell City Council has signed off on a $62.6 million budget that includes $6.6 million in unencumbered money that Mayor Freddy Drennan said the council might have to direct into spending accounts if sales tax collections falter badly.
There’s a pony in there somewhere—and no guarantee of success—but unencumbered by near-term business models, Amazon can explore away.
Was keeping the wizarding world secret and unencumbered by the affairs of Muggles actually worth letting Hitler kill their nonmagical relatives?
Even before his rocket blast from just above the circle cut the deficit to one with 96 seconds left, Ovechkin played an aggressive, unencumbered game, winning puck battles and setting his teammates up for scoring chances.
Buildings are unencumbered by kudzu or graffiti and have tidy, sparsely furnished rooms, as though the inhabitants had only just fled (or been vaporized).
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Financial Definition of UNENCUMBERED
What It Is
An encumbrance is a limitation on the ownership of a property. When an asset is unencumbered, there are no limitations on its ownership.
How It Works
To understand what unencumbered means, it's important to understand how encumbrances work. In the real estate world, an encumbrance is similar to a lien. The bond world also includes encumbrances. For instance, let’s consider a $100 million bond issue by Company XYZ. If Company XYZ is willing to pledge $100 million of its assets to the bondholders (that is, let the bondholders place liens on specific assets that they may seize in the event of default), giving them a little extra assurance that they will be paid on time, then the bonds would be considered securitized or asset-backed, because the assets have $100 million of encumbrances on them.
Why It Matters
Encumbrances provide security to lenders and bond investors in the case of bankruptcy or default. For example, it is important to note that debentures do not have encumbrances — that is, they are not secured by specific pieces of property or collateral and they do have a general claim on the assets and earnings of the issuer. Therefore, if the issuer were to liquidate, the holders of the debenture bonds have a claim on any assets not specifically pledged to secure other debt. Unencumbered assets can therefore help reduce the risk of debt if they become encumbered.
Companies that are extremely creditworthy often have no reason to encumber specific assets in order to sell a bond issue because they’ll still pay relatively low interest rates. (This is why debentures, which do not have encumbered assets attached, can sometimes sell for more than bonds with encumbrances from less creditworthy issuers.) Sometimes issuers also want to leave their assets unencumbered in order to make future financings possible.
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