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AAII
AAII stands for the American Association of Individual Investors. It  more...
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Abatement
Abatement refers to a reprieve from or reduction in a  more...
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Above The Line Deduction
An above the line deduction is a tax deduction allowed  more...
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ABS
In financial terms, ABS stands for asset-backed securities. ABS  more...
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Absolute Return
Absolute return measures the actual percentage return of an asset  more...
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Accidental Death Benefit
An accidental death benefit is the amount paid to a  more...
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Accommodative Monetary Policy
An accommodative monetary policy is an effort by the U.S.  more...
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Account
Account, in its simplest bookkeeping form, is a record of  more...
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Account Balance
Account balance is a net figure that refers to the  more...
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Account Executive
In the financial industry account executive is an employee of  more...
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Account Reconciliation
Account reconciliation is a banking term referring to the process  more...
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Account Statement
An account statement is a document that provides information about  more...
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Accountant
An accountant provides accounting services to individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations,  more...
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Accounts Payable
Accounts payable are obligations due to trade creditors. Let's say  more...
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Accounts Receivable
Accounts receivable are obligations due to the company from customers.  more...
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Accredited Personal Financial Planning Specialist
Accredited Personal Financial Planning Specialist is a professional title available  more...
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Accrual Basis Accounting
Accrual basis accounting is a system of accounting that matches  more...
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Accrued Dividend
An accrued dividend is remuneration owed by a company to  more...
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Accrued Expenses
Accrued expenses are known liabilities or expenses that have been  more...
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Accrued Interest
Accrued interest is the interest that is due on a  more...
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ACH
ACH, an abbreviation for Automated Clearing House, is a networked  more...
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Acquisition
In a broad sense, an acquisition takes place when one  more...
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Acquisition Cost
Acquisition cost is the pretax amount of money it costs  more...
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Active Income
Active income is a form of income for which labor  more...
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Activity Based Budgeting
Activity based budgeting is a budgeting method that evaluates business  more...
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Actuarial Assumption
An actuarial assumption is an estimate of an unknown value  more...
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Actuary
An actuary is a business professional specializing in the statistical  more...
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Ad Valorem Tax
An ad valorem tax is a tax based on a  more...
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Additional Child Tax Credit
The additional child tax credit is available for individuals whose  more...
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Adjustable Life Insurance
Adjustable life insurance is a form of life insurance that  more...
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Adjustable Rate
An adjustable rate is an interest rate that fluctuates periodically  more...
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Adjustable Rate Mortgage
An adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) is a type of mortgage  more...
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Adjustable-Rate Mortgage
An adjustable-rate mortgage (i.e. ARM) is a mortgage on a  more...
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Adjusted Gross Income
Adjusted gross income is the amount of income used on  more...
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ADR
An American Depository Receipt (ADR) is a negotiable, registered certificate  more...
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Advance/Decline Line
The advance/decline line is a technical indicator used to graph  more...
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Adverse Remortgage
An adverse remortgage or adverse credit remortgage is a mortgage  more...
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Affidavit
An affidavit is a sworn written statement or declaration made  more...
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Affiliate
The term affiliate can be defined in two different ways  more...
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After Hours Trading
After hours trading refers to stock trades that occur outside  more...
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After-Hours Trading
After-hours trading is stock trading which takes place after the  more...
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Aftermarket
The aftermarket, also called the secondary market, is the market  more...
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Aggregate Demand
Aggregate demand is the total demand in an economy for  more...
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Aggregate Demand Curve
The aggregate demand curve is a concept from neoclassical microeconomics  more...
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Aggregate Supply
Aggregate supply is the total supply in an economy for  more...
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Aggregate Supply Curve
The aggregate supply curve is a concept from economics that  more...
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Aggressive Growth Fund
An aggressive growth fund is a mutual fund whose investment  more...
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Alan Greenspan
Alan Greenspan is a former Chairman of the United States  more...
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All Ordinaries
All Ordinaries or "All Ords" is the name for the  more...
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Allocation
In general, allocation means to distribute according to some plan.  more...
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Alpha
Alpha, the first Greek alphabet letter, is also the risk-adjusted  more...
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Alternative Minimum Tax
The US Congress introduced alternative minimum tax (AMT) in 1970  more...
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Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit
The Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit was enacted with the Energy  more...
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Amended Return
An amended return is a tax return filed to correct  more...
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American Association of Individual Investors
American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) is a Chicago-based, investor  more...
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American Depositary Receipt
An American Depositary Receipt (ADR) is a negotiable certificate that  more...
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American Jobs Creation Act Of 2004
The American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 implemented a range  more...
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American Municipal Bond Assurance Corporation
The American Municipal Bond Assurance Corporation is one of the  more...
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American Option
There are several different types of options, but the American  more...
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American Stock Exchange
The American Stock Exchange is one of the largest organized  more...
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American-Style Option
An American-style option is a put or call option that  more...
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AMEX
AMEX is the American Stock Exchange. AMEX is sometimes  more...
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AMEX Composite Index
The AMEX Composite Index is an index that reflects the  more...
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Amortization
Amortization refers to the repayment of a debt in small  more...
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AMT
The Alternative Minimum Tax, or AMT, is a tax intended  more...
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Analyst
Although the term analyst can be associated with a broad  more...
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Angel
In the financial world, the term angel is short for  more...
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Angel Investor
An angel investor is a private investor who provides capital  more...
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Announcement Date
Most commonly, the announcement date is the date on which  more...
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Annual Percentage Rate
An annual percentage rate, often referred to by its acronym  more...
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Annual Report
An annual report is a document that the SEC requires  more...
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Annual Return
The annual return of an investment is the amount gained  more...
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Annualize
To annualize is to take an item measured for a  more...
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Annuity
An annuity is an investment related product designed to provide  more...
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Antitrust Laws
Antitrust laws are regulations enacted at the state and federal  more...
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Appraisal
An appraisal is a professional evaluation of the current market  more...
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Appraiser
An appraiser is a person educated and trained to set  more...
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APR
APR stands for Annual Percentage Rate. APR is a measure  more...
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APT
The term APT generally refers to the arbitrage pricing theory.  more...
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APY
APY is short for annual percentage yield. The APY  more...
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Arbitrage
Arbitrage is a financial transaction that involves a simultaneous purchase  more...
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Arbitrage Pricing Theory
Arbitrage pricing theory (APT) posits that investors can predict the  more...
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Arbitrageur
An arbitrageur is an individual or an organization that engages  more...
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Arbitration
Arbitration is a means to settle a disagreement by turning  more...
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Arithmetic Mean
The arithmetic mean of a set of two or more  more...
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ARM
An ARM is an acronym standing for adjustable-rate mortgage, a  more...
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Arm's Length Transaction
An arm's length transaction is a transaction, often between two  more...
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Arms Index
Arms Index is a mathematic market meter designed to communicate  more...
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Ascending Bottoms
Ascending bottoms refers to a chart pattern in which the  more...
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Ascending Tops
Ascending tops is a trend of rising high points in  more...
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ASEAN
ASEAN is the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, a political,  more...
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Ask Price
The ask price is the lowest price at which an  more...
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Asset
An asset can include anything that provides economic value to  more...
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Asset Allocation
Asset allocation is the dividing of one's investment portfolio among  more...
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Asset Allocation Fund
An asset allocation fund is a single mutual fund that  more...
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Asset Depreciation Range
Asset depreciation range refers to a system used to determine  more...
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Asset Management
Asset management can refer to the primary activity of a  more...
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Asset Turnover
Asset turnover is an efficiency ratio used in financial analysis  more...
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Asset-Backed Security
An asset-backed security (ABS) is a bond backed by a  more...
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Asset/Equity Ratio
The asset/equity ratio shows the relationship of the total assets  more...
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Assets Under Management
An important measure of the size of a fund or  more...
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Association of Southeast Asian Nations
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is an organization made  more...
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At the Bell
At the bell refers to the traditional opening or closing  more...
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At the Close
An at the close order is either a market order  more...
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At the Market
An at the market order is an order to buy  more...
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At the Money Option
An at-the-money option is an option whose strike price is  more...
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At the Opening Order
An at the opening order is a way for an  more...
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Auction
An auction is a method of asset sale by competitive  more...
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Auction Market
An auction market is a market wherein buyers and sellers  more...
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Audit
An audit is an objective process that involves evaluating and  more...
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Auditor
An auditor is an individual qualified at the state level  more...
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Automated Clearing House
Automated clearing house (ACH) is the system administered by the  more...
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Automated Order Entry System
An automated order entry system is a computer system installed  more...
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Automatic Reinvestment Plan
An automatic reinvestment plan is an arrangement whereby a mutual  more...
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Average Daily Volume
Average Daily Volume is the cumulative number of shares traded  more...
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Average Price Per Share
The average price per share is determined by dividing the  more...
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