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redeem (oneself)

To make amends for one's past misdeeds or shortcomings by doing something positive. Matt's grades were not great at the beginning of the semester, but he's totally redeemed himself and gotten A's on every test since. My sister was mad at me for not spending time with her, so I redeemed myself by getting us tickets to see her favorite band.
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redeeming feature

Some positive, favorable, or beneficial trait or aspect of someone or something that offsets or makes up for other negative traits. The one redeeming feature of my long commute to work is that I get the chance to read plenty of books. He has a lot of faults, but his loyalty is his most redeeming feature. This movie is a total failure on every level, with no redeeming features to speak of.
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redeeming feature

A good quality or aspect that makes up for other drawbacks, as in The house isn't very attractive, but the garden is the redeeming feature. This idiom, first recorded in 1827, uses redeem in the sense of "compensate."
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

a redeeming ˈfeature

something good or positive about somebody/something that is otherwise bad: Her one redeeming feature is her generosity.The only redeeming feature of the hotel was the swimming pool. Apart from that, it was the worst hotel I’ve ever stayed in.
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Whether mandatorily redeemable preferred stock qualifies as a liability turns mainly on the issuer's ability to avoid the future payment of cash to redeem the stock.
In accordance with the terms of Annaly's 7.625% Series E Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock ("Series E Preferred Stock"), the board of directors of Annaly has declared a Series E Preferred Stock cash dividend for the second quarter of 2017 of USD 0.476563 per share of Series E Preferred Stock.
The Series D Preferred Stock is a new series of preferred stock that will rank on parity with the Company's outstanding 7.75 percent Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, 7.5 percent Series B Cumulative Redeemable Preferred and 7.125 percent Series C Cumulative Term Preferred Stock.
RAIT Financial also declared a USD 0.5234375 per share on RAIT's 8.375% series B Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares and USD 0.5546875 per share on RAIT's 8.875% Series C Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares.
In addition, a 6.625% series C cumulative redeemable perpetual preferred stock dividend of USD0.414 063 per share; 5.875% series G cumulative redeemable preferred stock dividend of USD0.367188 per share; 7.375% series H cumulative redeemable preferred stock dividend of USD0.460938 per share; 6.350% series I cumulative redeemable preferred stock dividend of USD0.396875 per share; and 5.250% series J cumulative redeemable preferred stock dividend of USD0.328125 per share, will be paid on the same dates as the common stock.
6 August 2012 -- Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) and Wells Fargo Securities were appointed book-runners for a public offering of 6.5% series J cumulative redeemable preferred shares by Taubman Centers Inc (NYSE:TCO), whose pricing the US real estate investment trust (REIT) announced on Friday.
Each depositary share represents a 1/20 fractional interest in a share of the company's newly designated 6.50% class J cumulative redeemable preferred stock.
The class J stock dividend of USD0.406250 per depositary share (each depositary share is equal to one-twentieth of a share of DDR's 6.50% class J cumulative redeemable preferred stock), class K stock dividend of USD0.39063 per depositary share (each depositary share is equal to one-twentieth of a share of DDR's 6.25% class K cumulative redeemable preferred stock) and class A stock dividend of USD0.39844 per depositary share (each class A depositary share is equal to one-twentieth of a share of DDR's 6.375% class A cumulative redeemable preferred stock) is for the period from 15 January 2018 to 14 April 2018.
The company will sell 6m cumulative redeemable second preferred shares series AA, priced at CAD25.00 (USD24.35/EUR19.60) each for gross proceeds of CAD150m.