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  1. Obamanomics


    A buzzword used to describe the economic philosophies of United States President Barack Obama.
  2. Circus Swap

    Circus Swap

    A combination of an interest rate swap and a currency swap in which a fixed-rate loan in one currency is swapped for a floating-rate loan in another currency. The term is derived from the acronym CIRCUS, ...
  3. NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index

    NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index

    An index based on a monthly survey of members belonging to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) that is designed to measure sentiment for the U.S. single-family housing market.
  4. Hawthorne Effect

    Hawthorne Effect

    The inclination of people who are the subjects of an experimental study to change or improve the behavior being evaluated only because it is being studied, and not because of changes in the experiment ...
  5. Readvanceable Mortgage

    Readvanceable Mortgage

    A mortgage feature that allows the borrower to re-borrow the principal amount of the original mortgage that has been paid down. A readvanceable mortgage consists of a mortgage and a Line of Credit (LoC) ...
  6. Nest Egg

    Nest Egg

    A substantial sum of money that has been saved or invested for a specific purpose. A nest egg is generally earmarked for longer-term objectives, the most common being retirement, buying a home and education. ...
  7. Relativity Trap

    Relativity Trap

    A psychological or behavioral trap that leads people to make irrational choices when making spending decisions.
  8. Installment Debt

    Installment Debt

    A loan that is repaid by the borrower in regular installments. Installment debt is generally repaid in equal monthly payments that include interest and a portion of principal.
  9. Warrants And Call Options
    Investing Basics

    Warrants And Call Options

    Warrants and call options are securities that are quite similar in many respects, but they also have some notable differences. Both give the holder the right, but not the obligation, to buy a common share ...
  10. Retail Banking Vs. Corporate Banking

    Retail Banking Vs. Corporate Banking

    Retail banking refers to the division of a bank that deals directly with retail customers. Also known as consumer banking or personal banking, retail banking is the visible face of banking to the general ...
  11. Superiority Trap

    Superiority Trap

    A psychological or behavioral trap that leads people to believe that they have superior skill in some areas.
  12. Structural Unemployment

    Structural Unemployment

    A longer-lasting form of unemployment caused by fundamental shifts in an economy.
  13. Bid Support

    Bid Support

    A manipulative practice employed to prop up a company’s stock price on the open market.
  14. Conflict Theory

    Conflict Theory

    A theory propounded by Karl Marx that claims society is in a state of perpetual conflict due to competition for limited resources. Conflict theory holds that social order is maintained by domination and ...
  15. Competitive Intelligence

    Competitive Intelligence

    The process of collecting and analyzing information about competitors’ strengths and weaknesses in a legal and ethical manner to enhance business decision-making.
  16. Silent Partner

    Silent Partner

    An individual whose involvement in a partnership is limited to providing capital to the business.
  17. Economic Espionage

    Economic Espionage

    The unlawful targeting and theft of a nation’s critical economic intelligence. Economic espionage may include the clandestine acquisition or outright theft of invaluable proprietary information in a number ...
  18. Sin Stock

    Sin Stock

    A stock of a company that is either involved in or associated with an activity that is considered to be unethical or immoral.
  19. Story Stock

    Story Stock

    A stock that is trading markedly higher on optimistic expectations about its potential profits down the road.
  20. Street Expectation

    Street Expectation

    The average estimate of a public company’s quarterly earnings and revenues, derived from forecasts of securities analysts who provide research coverage on the company.
  21. Backflip Takeover

    Backflip Takeover

    An uncommon type of takeover in which the acquirer becomes a subsidiary of the acquired or targeted company, with business after the takeover conducted in the name of the acquired company. A backflip takeover ...
  22. Non-Deliverable Swap - NDS

    Non-Deliverable Swap - NDS

    A currency swap between major and minor currencies that is restricted or not convertible. A non-deliverable swap (NDS) is so-called because there is no delivery of the two currencies involved in the swap, ...
  23. Stockalypse


    An abrupt and steep decline in the price of a stock or equity index.
  24. How Exchange Risk Affects Foreign Bonds
    Bonds & Fixed Income

    How Exchange Risk Affects Foreign Bonds

    Investors include foreign bonds in their portfolios to take advantage of higher interest rates or yields, and to diversify their holdings. However, the higher return expected from investing in foreign ...
  25. Consumer Confidence: A Killer Statistic

    Consumer Confidence: A Killer Statistic

    The consumer confidence is key to any market economy, so investors need to learn the measures and how to analyze them.
  26. No Finance Degree? No Problem! Top 10 Ways To Jumpstart ...

    No Finance Degree? No Problem! Top 10 Ways To Jumpstart ...

    These tips should enable a non-financial graduate to substantially improve his or her chances of launching a career in finance.
  27. Weighted Average Cost Of Capital (WACC)

    Weighted Average Cost Of Capital (WACC)

    Weighted average cost of capital may be hard to calculate, but it's a solid way to measure investment quality
  28. How Now, Dow? What Moves The DJIA?
    Bonds & Fixed Income

    How Now, Dow? What Moves The DJIA?

    Find out how this index tracks market movements and where it falls short.
  29. Financial Advisor Client Guide

    Financial Advisor Client Guide

    This document is designed to help educate your clients on the products and services you provide.
  30. How Monetary Policy Affects Your Investments

    How Monetary Policy Affects Your Investments

    Monetary policy changes can have a significant impact on every asset class. investors can position their portfolios to benefit from policy changes and boost returns by being aware of the nuances of monetary ...
  31. Risk Asset

    Risk Asset

    Any asset that carries a degree of risk. Risk asset generally refers to assets that have a significant degree of price volatility, such as equities, commodities, high-yield bonds, real estate, and currencies. ...
  32. Wire House

    Wire House

    An archaic term used to describe a broker-dealer. Modern-day wire houses can range from small regional brokerages to giant institutions with offices around the world.
  33. Encore Career

    Encore Career

    A second vocation in the second half of one's life which seeks to combine a sense of purpose with public-service passion and a paycheck for people in their 50s and 60s.
  34. Mergers And Acquisitions: Understanding Takeovers
    Fundamental Analysis

    Mergers And Acquisitions: Understanding Takeovers

    In the dramatic world of M&As, battleground terms meld with bizarre metaphors to form the language of the game.
  35. Economic Rent

    Economic Rent

    An excess payment made to or for a factor of production over and above the amount expected by its owner.
  36. Legal Tender

    Legal Tender

    Any official medium of payment recognized by law that can be used to extinguish a public or private debt, or meet a financial obligation.
  37. Reputational Risk

    Reputational Risk

    A threat or danger to the good name or standing of a business or entity.
  38. Growth Of 10K

    Growth Of 10K

    A graph that shows the change in value of an initial $10,000 investment over a period of time.
  39. Interpreting A Company's IPO Prospectus Report
    Fundamental Analysis

    Interpreting A Company's IPO Prospectus Report

    Learn to decipher the secret language of the IPO prospectus report - it can tell you a lot about a company's future.
  40. The Smith Maneuver

    The Smith Maneuver

    A strategy that makes interest on a residential mortgage tax-deductible in Canada.
  41. Introduction To Guerrilla Trading
    Forex Strategies

    Introduction To Guerrilla Trading

    Guerilla trading can takes a lot of expereince, risk capital and mental fortitude; it is not for the novice investor.
  42. Guerrilla Trading

    Guerrilla Trading

    A very short-term trading technique that aims to generate small profits while taking on very little risk per trade, and repeating this multiple times in a trading session. Guerrilla trades typically have ...
  43. Trade Forex On Herd Instinct
    Forex Strategies

    Trade Forex On Herd Instinct

    Use caution and commonsense when making trades according to herd instinct – use stop losses, avoid complacency and plan your exit strategy.
  44. What's On A Consumer Credit Report?
    Credit & Loans

    What's On A Consumer Credit Report?

    A look at the various components and considerations that go into one's credit report and credit score.
  45. The NYSE And Nasdaq: How They Work
    Options & Futures

    The NYSE And Nasdaq: How They Work

    Learn some of the important differences in the way these exchanges operate and the securities that trade on them.
  46. Cash: A Call Option With No Expiration Date
    Investing Basics

    Cash: A Call Option With No Expiration Date

    Cash is generally regarded as a drag on investment returns, but sometimes it may be preferable to hold a substantial cash amount instead of investing it in other assets. This is because having cash on ...
  47. Succeeding At The Series 63 Exam

    Succeeding At The Series 63 Exam

    Your career as a securities agent begins with this test. We'll show you how to score high.
  48. Why It's Important To Regulate Foreign Exchange
    Forex Education

    Why It's Important To Regulate Foreign Exchange

    In an increasingly globalized economy, the significance of the foreign exchange marketplace cannot be underestimated.
  49. What Is Wrong With Gold?

    What Is Wrong With Gold?

    Despite its historic and symbolic appeal, this metal is simply a commodity. Here we explore its meaning as an investment.
  50. Golden Leash

    Golden Leash

    Special incentives offered to directors being nominated to serve on the board of a company by a major shareholder. A golden leash is designed to offer an incentive to the nominee directors to act in the ...
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