Elvis Picardo, CFA

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  1. Applying Binary Options To Equity Markets
    Options & Futures

    Applying Binary Options To Equity Markets

    A binary option payout depends on the outcome of a “yes” or “no” proposition, related to the difference between underlying asset price and strike price.
  2. Where International Real Estate Is Booming
    Economics

    Where International Real Estate Is Booming

    Which country has the hottest property market right now? The answer will undoubtedly surprise you.
  3. Pick The Right Options To Trade In Six Steps
    Options & Futures

    Pick The Right Options To Trade In Six Steps

    Use the six-step PROVES method to pick an option to trade.
  4. How Mergers and Acquisitions Can Affect A Company
    Investing Basics

    How Mergers and Acquisitions Can Affect A Company

    M&A can have a profound effect on a company’s growth prospects and outlook, but with a significant degree of risk.
  5. Estimated Recovery Value (ERV)
    Term

    Estimated Recovery Value (ERV)

    The projected value of an asset that can be recovered in the event of liquidation or winding down.
  6. Book Value Reduction
    Term

    Book Value Reduction

    Reducing the value at which an asset is carried on the books because changes in the asset or market conditions have reduced its current market value.
  7. Registered Holder
    Term

    Registered Holder

    Shareholders who hold their shares directly with a company.
  8. Recovery Rate
    Term

    Recovery Rate

    The extent to which principal and accrued interest on a debt instrument that is in default can be recovered, expressed as a percentage of face value.
  9. Accelerated Dividend
    Term

    Accelerated Dividend

    Special dividends paid by a company ahead of an imminent change in the treatment of dividends, such as an adverse change in dividend taxation.
  10. Discounted Payoff
    Term

    Discounted Payoff

    The repayment of a loan in an amount that is less than the principal balance outstanding.
  11. Cash Bonus
    Term

    Cash Bonus

    A lump sum of money awarded to an employee, either occasionally or periodically, for good performance.
  12. Discretionary Investment Management
    Term

    Discretionary Investment Management

    A form of investment management in which buy and sell decisions are made by a portfolio manager or investment counselor for the client's account.
  13. Execution Only
    Term

    Execution Only

    A trading service that is restricted to execution of trades only, without the client receiving any investment advice.
  14. Duty Of Loyalty
    Term

    Duty Of Loyalty

    A director's responsibility to act at all times in the best interests of the company.
  15. Duty Of Care
    Term

    Duty Of Care

    One of two primary fiduciary duties of directors, the duty of care requires them to make decisions in a reasonably prudent manner and in good faith.
  16. Account Minimum
    Term

    Account Minimum

    The minimum balance required to be maintained in an investment account or bank account.
  17. Hard-To-Sell Asset
    Term

    Hard-To-Sell Asset

    An asset that is extremely difficult to dispose of either due to its inherent problems or market conditions.
  18. Capital Growth
    Term

    Capital Growth

    The increase in value of an asset or investment over time. It is measured on the basis of the asset's current value, compared with the original investment.
  19. Absolute Percentage Growth
    Term

    Absolute Percentage Growth

    An increase in the value of an asset or account expressed in percentage terms. It implies that the increase in value is displayed on a standalone basis.
  20. World Cities With The Highest Quality Of Life
    Budgeting

    World Cities With The Highest Quality Of Life

    Cities that usually top quality of life surveys have similar characteristics – they are usually midsized, with populations of a few million and a lower population density, and located in developed economies.
  21. India Is Eclipsing China's Economy As Brightest BRIC Star ...
    Economics

    India Is Eclipsing China's Economy As Brightest BRIC Star ...

    It seems fitting that on the occasion of Diwali – the Hindu “festival of lights” – India should emerge as the brightest star in the BRIC firmament.
  22. How To Profit From Mergers And Acquisitions Through Arbitrage
    Investing Basics

    How To Profit From Mergers And Acquisitions Through Arbitrage

    Making a windfall from a stock that attracts a takeover bid is an alluring proposition. But be warned – benefiting from m&a is easier said than done.
  23. Phenotype
    Term

    Phenotype

    An organism’s observable characteristics or traits.
  24. Why Wall Street Is A Key Player In The World's Economy
    Investing Basics

    Why Wall Street Is A Key Player In The World's Economy

    Wall Street is just one little street in lower Manhattan, but both empirically and symbolically, it continues to make the world go round.
  25. Molecular Biology
    Term

    Molecular Biology

    The study of biology and biological processes at the fundamental molecular level.
  26. Genomics
    Term

    Genomics

    The study of the genome, which is the complete set of the genetic material or DNA present in an organism.
  27. Genetic Engineering
    Term

    Genetic Engineering

    The artificial modification of an organism’s genetic composition.
  28. Expiration Date
    Term

    Expiration Date

    The date after which a consumable product such as food or medicine should not be used because it may be spoiled, damaged or ineffective.
  29. Term

    Natural Selection

    A process whereby species which have traits that enable them to adapt in an environment survive and reproduce, passing on their genes to the next generation.
  30. Term

    Biotech Compound

    A chemical entity that forms the starting point in the drug development process.
  31. Term

    Orphan Drug

    A drug or biological product that treats a rare condition or disease.
  32. Term

    New Drug

    A new medication or therapy that has not been used before in clinical practice to treat a disease or condition.
  33. Term

    Incidence Rate

    A measure of the frequency with which a disease occurs in a population over a specified time period.
  34. Term

    Side Effect

    Undesirable symptoms caused by taking a drug or undergoing a therapy.
  35. Term

    Bioinformatics

    The application of computational technology to handle the rapidly growing repository of information related to molecular biology.
  36. Term

    Bioremediation

    The use of living organisms such as microbes and bacteria to remove contaminants, pollutants and toxins from soil and water.
  37. Term

    Biotechnology

    The use of living organisms to make products or run processes.
  38. Term

    New Drug Application (NDA)

    The final step formally taken by a drug sponsor, wherein it applies to the FDA for the approval required to market a new drug in the U.S.
  39. Term

    Phase 4

    Studies conducted after a drug or therapy has already been approved and is on the market.
  40. Term

    Phase 2

    The second phase of clinical trials or studies for an experimental new drug, in which the focus is on its effectiveness.
  41. Term

    Phase 1

    Phase 1 clinical studies or clinical trials are focused on the safety aspect of the new drug, rather than its efficacy in treating an disease.
  42. Term

    Investigational New Drug (IND)

    The first step in the drug review process by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. An Investigational New Drug (IND) application is submitted by the company responsible for developing the drug (the sponsor) ...
  43. Term

    Phase 3

    The final phase of clinical trials for an experimental new drug, embarked upon if Phase 2 trials show evidence of effectiveness.
  44. Economics

    How The Bureau Of Labor Statistics Works

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the primary statistical agency for the U.S. federal government in labor economics and statistics.
  45. How to Value Companies With Negative Earnings
    Fundamental Analysis

    How to Value Companies With Negative Earnings

    For some investors, the possibility of stumbling upon a small biotech with a potential blockbuster drug, or a junior miner with a giant mineral discovery, makes the risk of investing in companies with ...
  46. The Basics of Options Profitability
    Options & Futures

    The Basics of Options Profitability

    The adage "know thyself"--and thy risk tolerance, thy underlying, and thy markets--applies to options trading if you want it to do it profitably.
  47. Debt Consolidation Companies – The Pros And Cons
    Credit & Loans

    Debt Consolidation Companies – The Pros And Cons

    Debt consolidation is an attractive option for cash-strapped consumers who are struggling with debt, but make sure you are dealing with the right company.
  48. How To Profit From The Rise in Proxy Fights
    Investing Basics

    How To Profit From The Rise in Proxy Fights

    A proxy vote is a vote cast by an entity or person on behalf of another. This sets the stage for a proxy fight between the current management and directors and the group trying to usher in change.
  49. Understanding The Spread in Retail Currency Exchange Rates ...
    Forex Education

    Understanding The Spread in Retail Currency Exchange Rates ...

    Understanding how exchange rates are calculated and shopping around for the best rates may mitigate the effect of wide spreads in the retail forex market.
  50. Strategies To Trade The Dow Jones Industrial Average
    Investing Basics

    Strategies To Trade The Dow Jones Industrial Average

    Here are four strategies for trading the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), one of the oldest and most widely-followed equity indices in the world.
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