|11th District Cost of Funds Index
The 11th District Cost of Funds Index (COFI) is a more...
12b-1 refers to the fees mutual funds pay for marketing more...
12B-1 fees are fees charged by mutual fund companies to more...
|30-Day Wash Rule
The 30-day wash rule is an IRS rule prohibiting the more...
The 3C1 is a section of the Investment Company Act more...
The 3C7 is a section of the Investment Company Act more...
|Accredited Personal Financial Planning Specialist
Accredited Personal Financial Planning Specialist is a professional title available more...
|Aggressive Growth Fund
An aggressive growth fund is a mutual fund whose investment more...
In general, allocation means to distribute according to some plan. more...
Alpha, the first Greek alphabet letter, is also the risk-adjusted more...
|American Association of Individual Investors
American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) is a Chicago-based, investor more...
|American Stock Exchange
The American Stock Exchange is one of the largest organized more...
Arbitrage is a financial transaction that involves a simultaneous purchase more...
An arbitrageur is an individual or an organization that engages more...
Asset allocation is the dividing of one's investment portfolio among more...
|Asset Allocation Fund
An asset allocation fund is a single mutual fund that more...
Asset management can refer to the primary activity of a more...
|Assets Under Management
An important measure of the size of a fund or more...
|Automatic Reinvestment Plan
An automatic reinvestment plan is an arrangement whereby a mutual more...
|Average Price Per Share
The average price per share is determined by dividing the more...
A back-end load is a sales charge or a commission more...
A balanced fund is a mutual fund that invests in more...
|Balanced Investment Strategy
A balanced investment strategy is an investment approach that tries more...
In practical terms, the bid is the available price at more...
The bid/ask spread is the difference between the price sellers more...
|Capital Appreciation Fund
A capital appreciation fund is a mutual fund that is more...
|CDR Counterparty Risk Index
The CDR counterparty risk index is a measure of credit more...
|Certified Financial Planner
Certified Financial Planner, or CFP, is a financial professional who more...
CFA stands for Chartered Financial Analyst, a professional designation given more...
CFP is short for certified financial planner, which is a more...
|Chartered Financial Analyst
A Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) is an investment professional who more...
A closed-end fund is legally known as a closed-end management more...
Counterparty risk refers to the risk of default of one more...
A day trader is market participant who generally closes out more...
DIAMONDS are Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) trading on the American Stock more...
|Diversified Investment Company
A diversified investment company is an investment fund that adheres more...
An equity REIT is a company which owns a portfolio more...
ETF stands for Exchange Traded Fund. An ETF is more...
|Exchange Traded Fund
An exchange traded fund (ETF) is a pool of stocks more...
|Exchange Traded Notes
Exchange Traded Notes (ETN) are considered senior, unsecured debt securities. more...
The expense ratio measures the percentage of a mutual fund's more...
|Family of Funds
A family of funds refers to a group of mutual more...
A front-end load is a sales charge or commission that more...
A fund family is a set of related funds, usually more...
|Growth and Income Fund
A growth and income fund is a mutual fund structured more...
A growth fund is a portfolio of securities whose investment more...
A hedge fund is a private investment vehicle for institutional more...
A hidden load is a charge that an investor pays more...
An HYIP investment is a High Yield Income Program. more...
An income fund is a mutual fund structured to provide more...
An index fund is a portfolio of assets with allocation more...
An investment club is a membership organization for investors. more...
An investment company is a firm whose business is to more...
An investment newsletter is a publication designed to help investors more...
Investment return is the change in value of the investment more...
An IRA - Individual Retirement Account - is a tax-sheltered more...
An IRA rollover is a lump-sum distribution deposited from an more...
J curve refers to the shape of a graph used more...
|Key Rate Duration
Key rate duration measures portfolio sensitivity or security sensitivity. more...
A kill is defined as a cancellation of an order more...
A load fund is a mutual fund that charges a more...
A load-adjusted return is the investment return on a mutual more...
A managed account is an investment account that is managed more...
|Modern Portfolio Theory
Introduced by Nobel Prize winner Harry Markowitz in the 1950s, more...
Money management is the managing of different uses of money more...
In financial services, a money manager is a general term more...
The money market is the market for short-term financial instruments. more...
|Money Market Fund
A money market fund is open-ended and invests only in more...
|Money Market Mutual Fund
A money market mutual fund is a mutual fund that more...
|Morningstar Rating System
The Morningstar rating system evaluates mutual funds according to a more...
A mutual fund is an investment company designed to pool more...
|Mutual Fund Symbol
A mutual fund symbol is a group of letters and/or more...
NAV (Net Asset Value) is a financial entity's assets minus more...
|Net Asset Value
Net asset value (NAV) refers to the assets of a more...
A no-load fund is a mutual fund that is offered more...
Determining the mix of assets to hold in a portfolio more...
A portfolio manager is the asset management professional who makes more...
Portfolio turnover refers to the measure of trading activity in more...
A pyramid scheme is an illegal "investment" in which vested more...
The term regional fund indicates that an investment vehicle is more...
|Registered Investment Adviser
A registered investment adviser is an entity registered with the more...
An RIA is a Registered Investment Advisor. The term refers more...
|Risk Adjusted Return
The risk-adjusted return of an asset or a portfolio is more...
Risk arbitrage, or "risk arb" is usually taken to mean more...
Risk management is a systematic approach to minimizing an organization's more...
In finance, the risk premium is the additional return received more...
In investing, risk tolerance is the willingness of an investor more...
|Risk-Free Rate of Return
The return an investor can expect to receive on a more...
The Sharpe Ratio is a simple measure of the risk-adjusted more...
A stock fund invests primarily in corporate equity securities and more...
|Stock Market Letter
A stock market letter is a term used to describe more...
Transaction costs are costs incurred to complete a financial transaction. more...
|Uniform Gift to Minors Act
The Uniform Gift to Minors Act creates a custodial vehicle more...
A mutual fund that employs a value approach to investing more...
Warren Buffett was born in Omaha, Nebraska on August 30, more...
A wash sale occurs if an investor sells a stock more...
|Wash Sale Rule
The wash sale rule is an IRS rule that prohibits more...
The Wilshire 5000 Index was created by Wilshire Associates in more...
Window dressing can have at least two meanings. In accounting more...
The letter X has a variety of meanings in the more...
The letters XW are a symbol used to identify when more...
A portfolio of assets constructed to have no systemic risk more...