Investopedia Staff

Investopedia Staff

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  1. Investing Strategy

    Please explain what a short seller is on the hook for when ...

    Short selling is hard enough to get your head around without getting into all the particulars. If you have a basic understanding of short selling, then you probably know that as a short seller, you are ...
  2. Trading Strategy

    Difference Between Short Selling And Put Options

    Short selling and put options are used to speculate on a potential decline in a security or index or hedge downside risk in a portfolio or stock.
  3. Trading Strategy

    Short selling vs. purchasing a put option: how do the payoffs ...

    Purchasing a put option and entering into a short sale transaction are the two most common ways for traders to profit when the price of an underlying asset decreases, but the payoffs are quite different. ...
  4. Trading Instruments

    How does somebody make money short selling?

    Short selling is a fairly simple concept: you borrow a stock, sell the stock and then buy the stock back to return it to the lender. Short sellers make money by betting that the stock they sell will drop ...
  5. FA Profession

    The Alphabet Soup of Financial Certifications

    We decode the meaning of the many letters that can follow the names of financial professionals.
  6. Budgeting & Savings

    Top 7 Most Common Financial Mistakes

    Choose fortune over disaster by avoiding these money traps.
  7. Bonds / Fixed Income

    What is the difference between yield and return?

    While both terms are often used to describe the performance of an investment, yield and return are not one and the same thing.
  8. Markets & Economy

    The Five Biggest Stock Market Myths

    Stocks that go down must come up, right? Wrong. We bust this myth and four other common market misconceptions.
  9. Financial Analysis

    Ultra High Net Worth Individual (UHNWI)

    A person with investable assets of at least US$30 million, excluding personal assets and property, such as one’s primary residence, collectibles and consumer durables. Ultra High Net Worth Individuals ...
  10. Politics & Money

    Structural Unemployment

    A longer-lasting form of unemployment caused by fundamental shifts in an economy.
  11. Small Business

    Silent Partner

    An individual whose involvement in a partnership is limited to providing capital to the business.
  12. Financial Analysis

    Red Herring

    A preliminary prospectus filed by a company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), usually in connection with the company’s initial public offering.
  13. Investing Strategy

    Paper Trade

    Using simulated trading to practice buying and selling securities without actual money being involved.
  14. Politics & Money

    Nominal Interest Rate

    The interest rate before taking inflation into account. The equation that links nominal and real interest rates is: (1 + nominal rate) = (1 + real interest rate) (1 + inflation rate). It can be approximated ...
  15. Bonds / Fixed Income

    Indenture

    A legal and binding contract between a bond issuer and the bondholders.
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