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  1. What's an Acquisition?
    Investing

    What's an Acquisition?

    In corporate terms, an acquisition is the purchase of a company or the division of a company. Some acquisitions are paid in cash, while others are paid with a combination of cash and the acquiring company's ...
  2. Capitalization Rate
    Investing Basics

    Capitalization Rate

    Capitalization Rate is a financial term most commonly used in the real estate investment industry. It is often simply called the Cap Rate.
  3. What is Corporate Social Responsibility?
    Investing Basics

    What is Corporate Social Responsibility?

    Corporate Social Responsibility refers to a code of conduct and action beyond what is required by laws, regulations and trade rules.
  4. Economics 101
    Economics

    Economics 101

    Economics is the study of how individuals, governments, businesses and other organizations make choices that effect the allocation and distribution of scarce resources.
  5. Current Liabilities
    Investing

    Current Liabilities

    Current Liabilities are company debts due within one year or one operating cycle, whichever is greater. An operating cycle is the time it takes a company to purchase inventory and convert it into cash ...
  6. Deferred Tax Asset
    Professionals

    Deferred Tax Asset

    A Deferred Tax Asset is an asset on a company’s balance sheet that may be used to reduce taxable income. It is the opposite of a deferred tax liability, which describes something that will increase income ...
  7. Trading Over the Counter
    Investing

    Trading Over the Counter

    OTC trades tend to be for smaller company stocks and debt securities. Debt securities such as bonds are generally traded by investment banks making markets for specific issues.
  8. Net Sales
    Investing

    Net Sales

    Net Sales is an accounting term used to analyze a company's performance. It is the sales revenue that remains after deducting for product returns, damaged or missing products, and discounts.
  9. Ratio Analysis
    Investing

    Ratio Analysis

    Ratio analysis is the use of quantitative analysis of financial information in a company’s financial statements. The analysis is done by comparing line items in a company’s financial statements ...
  10. Accounts Payable
    Investing

    Accounts Payable

    Accounts payable is the amount of a company's total invoices currently waiting to be paid. These invoices are from vendors for products and services that were recently delivered.
  11. Days Sales of Inventory
    Investing

    Days Sales of Inventory

    Days Sales of Inventory, also called Days Inventory Outstanding, is a key financial measurement of a company's performance pertaining to inventory management. In simple terms, it tells how many days it ...
  12. Days Payable Outstanding
    Investing

    Days Payable Outstanding

    Days Payable Outstanding, or DPO, is an accounting measurement that tells the average number of days it takes a company to pay its suppliers and vendors. Days Payable Outstanding is widely used by a company's ...
  13. Certificate of Deposit (CD)
    Savings

    Certificate of Deposit (CD)

    A certificate of deposit, or CD, is a common financial product sold by banks, thrift organizations and credit unions. This type of product is often called a time deposit. CDs are insured up to $250,00 ...
  14. Due Diligence
    Fundamental Analysis

    Due Diligence

    In the investment world, Due Diligence refers to the full investigation of a product and transaction that a buyer or seller should do before a transaction takes place—to confirm that all details ...
  15. Letter of Credit
    Investing

    Letter of Credit

    A letter of credit is a document from a bank promising to pay the holder a certain amount if the holder fulfills certain obligations. Sellers in commercial transactions often require buyers to give them ...
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