Investopedia Staff

Investopedia Staff

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  1. Trading Strategy

    A Beginner's Guide to Hedging

    Learn how investors use strategies to reduce the impact of negative events on investments.
  2. Markets & Economy

    Where Did the Bull and Bear Market Get Their Names?

    The terms bull and bear are used to describe general actions and attitudes, or sentiment, either of an individual (bear and ...
  3. Bonds / Fixed Income

    What's the difference between bills, notes and bonds?

    Treasury bills (T-Bills), notes and bonds are marketable securities that the U.S. government sells in order to pay off maturing ...
  4. Life Insurance

    Term Life Insurance

    A policy with a set duration limit on the coverage period instead of life-long coverage. Once expired, it is up to the policy ...
  5. Financial Analysis

    Personal Finance

    Personal finance: all financial decisions and activities of an individual or household, including budgeting, insurance, mortgage, ...
  6. Financial Analysis

    What's the difference between "top-down" and "bottom-up" investing?

    Top-down investing looks at the economy and tries to forecast which industry will generate the best returns. A bottom-up ...
  7. Markets & Economy

    Plunge Protection Team - PPT

    A colloquial name given to the Working Group on Financial Markets. The Plunge Protection Team was created to make financial ...
  8. Forex & Currencies

    What is arbitrage?

    Arbitrage is basically buying a security in one market and simultaneously selling it in another market at a higher price, ...
  9. Investing

    How can my stock's price change after hours, and what effect does this have on investors? Can I sell the stock at the after-hours price?

    When the regular market opens for the next day's trading, stocks may not necessarily open at the same price at which it traded ...
  10. Markets & Economy

    What is a CUSIP Number?

    The Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures developed a system that identifies securities.
  11. People

    What does a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) do?

    A CFO is responsible for reporting accurate financial information of the company, investing the company's money, and identifying ...
  12. Financial Analysis

    What's the difference between book and market value?

    Book value is the price paid for a particular asset. On the other hand, market value is the current price at which you can ...
  13. Small Business

    Master Limited Partnership - MLP

    A Master Limited Partnership is a type of limited partnership that is publicly traded, combining the tax benefits of a partnership ...
  14. Financial Analysis

    Standard Deviation

    A measure of the dispersion of a set of data from its mean, calculated as the square root of the variance. The more spread ...
  15. High Net Worth Strategy

    Security

    A security is a fungible, negotiable financial instrument that represents some type of financial value, usually in the form ...
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