DEFINITION of 'Standard Error'
The standard deviation of the sampling distribution of a statistic. Standard error is a statistical term that measures the accuracy with which a sample represents a population. In statistics, a sample mean deviates from the actual mean of a population; this deviation is the standard error.
INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Standard Error'
The term "standard error" is used to refer to the standard deviation of various sample statistics such as the mean or median. For example, the "standard error of the mean" refers to the standard deviation of the distribution of sample means taken from a population.
The smaller the standard error, the more representative the sample will be of the overall population. The standard error is also inversely proportional to the sample size; the larger the sample size, the smaller the standard error because the statistic will approach the actual value.

Variance
The spread between numbers in a data set, measuring Variance ... 
Standard Deviation
1. A measure of the dispersion of a set of data from its mean. ... 
Sampling Error
A statistical error to which an analyst exposes a model simply ... 
Mean
The simple mathematical average of a set of two or more numbers. ... 
Sampling
A process used in statistical analysis in which a predetermined ... 
Compound Annual Growth Rate  CAGR
The yearoveryear growth rate of an investment over a specified ...

Bonds & Fixed Income
Find The Highest Returns With The Sharpe Ratio
Learn how to follow the efficient frontier to increase your chances of successful investing. 
Mutual Funds & ETFs
Understanding Volatility Measurements
How do you choose a fund with an optimal riskreward combination? We teach you about standard deviation, beta and more! 
Fundamental Analysis
Monte Carlo Simulation With GBM
Learn to predict future events through a series of random trials. 
Mutual Funds & ETFs
Stock Market Risk: Wagging The Tails
The bell curve is an excellent way to evaluate stock market risk over the long term. 
Fundamental Analysis
What are the most common issues with Serial Correlation in stocks?
Read about the concept of serial correlation in stock returns, and learn why market analysts are divided about the efficacy of trading based on stock patterns. 
Trading Strategies
How far back in a stock's history should you go when gauging its volatility?
Discover why it can be difficult for investors to figure out how far back to go into a stock's history when gauging its volatility. 
Trading Strategies
What are common examples of Serial Correlation in finance?
Take a deeper look at serial correlation in finance, and find out why most attempts at discovering serial correlation among asset prices have failed. 
Investing
How to Use Stratified Random Sampling
Stratified random sampling is a technique best used with a sample population easily broken into distinct subgroups. Samples are then taken from each subgroup based on the ratio of the subgroup’s ... 
Personal Finance
What is the average salary for an accountant?
Learn about the average salaries of various accounting positions, and see the difference that an accounting degree makes in attaining higher wages. 
Fundamental Analysis
Lognormal and Normal Distribution
When and why do you use lognormal distribution or normal distribution for analyzing securities? Lognormal for stocks, normal for portfolio returns.