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  1. FTSE RAFI US 1000 Index

    The FTSE RAFI US 1000 Index is an index of stocks based on the largest 1,000 fundamentally ranked companies.
  2. Adjustment

    Adjustment is the use of mechanisms by a central bank to influence a home currency's exchange rate.
  3. Bidder

    The bidder is the party offering to buy an asset from a seller at a specific price.
  4. Normal Market Size

    Normal market size is a share classification structure based on the number of shares outstanding.
  5. Fractal Markets Hypothesis (FMH)

    Fractal Markets Hypothesis is an alternative investment theory to Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH). It analyzes the daily ...
  6. Horizontal Market

    A horizontal market is diversified so that the products created are able to meet the needs of more than one industry.
  7. Sine Wave

    A sine wave is a geometric waveform that oscillates (moves up, down or side-to-side) periodically, and is defined by the ...
  8. Thomson First Call

    Thomson First Call has provided access to commingled financial research since 1984. Today, Thomson First Call distributes ...
  9. Implementation Shortfall

    An implementation shortfall is the difference between the price when a buy or sell decision is made and the final execution ...
  10. Noise

    In a broad analytical context, noise refers to information or activity that confuses or misrepresents genuine underlying ...
  11. Russell 3000 Value Index

    Russell 3000 Value Index is a market-capitalization weighted equity index maintained by the Russell Investment Group and ...
  12. GDP Gap

    GDP gap is the forfeited output of a country's economy resulting from the failure to create sufficient jobs for all those ...
  13. Sustainalytics is Investing for the Long Term

    Sustainalytics, a provider of corporate ESG research, ratings and analysis, has acquired Solaron, which expands the firm’s ...
  14. Shades of Green Fixed Income

    While the green bond market continues to grow, it still lacks transparency and a formal compliance process.
  15. Growing Pains For Marijuana ETFs

    Since the start of the year, no new marijuana ETFs have launched, nor have new ones been filed, and it's unclear when—or ...
  16. Data Availability Drives ESG Investing Surge

    Asset managers are capitalizing on a new swell of quantifiable information, with investors following suit.
  17. Taping Rule

    The taping rule requires special monitoring of FINRA registered persons with a troubled history and firms that hire such ...
  18. FINRA BrokerCheck

    FINRA BrokerCheck is a free, online tool that helps individuals research brokers, brokerage firms, investment adviser firms ...
  19. Active or Passive? Why Not Both?

    While advisors frequently debate whether active or passive management is superior, many forget that there is a middle ground ...
  20. Advisors: Don’t Let Clients Chase ETF Returns

    The ease of trading ETFs has some investors chasing performance. Here's how advisors can help clients avoid making mistakes. ...
  21. Shakeout

    A shakeout is a situation in which many investors exit their positions, often at a loss, because of uncertainty or recent ...
  22. Big Figure

    Big figure is the stem, or whole dollar price, of a price quote. The term is often used in international currency markets ...
  23. Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM)

    The Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM) signifies competency in the evaluation of the investment performance ...
  24. Make A Market

    Make a market is an action whereby a dealer stands by ready, willing and able to buy or sell a particular security at the ...
  25. Security Analyst

    A security analyst is a financial professional who studies various industries and companies, provides research and valuation ...
  26. Customer's Loan Consent

    A customer's loan consent is an agreement signed by a customer permitting a broker-dealer to loan out the customer's securities. ...
  27. Series 51

    The Series 51 is an exam required for individuals who want to sell municipal fund securities or manage and supervise such ...
  28. Payment

    Payment is the transfer of one form of good, service or financial asset in exchange for another form of good, service or ...
  29. Does Amazon Pose a Threat to Wealth Management?

    Analysis revealed that compliance concerns and investor preference would keep Amazon from entering wealth management; industry ...
  30. Should You Put Your Faith In A Trust?

    Many institutions want a piece of your portfolio, but trusts can provide a one-stop shop.
  31. RIAs and Independent Broker-Dealers: A Comparison

    There are many types of financial planners. Here we break down what sets RIAs apart from independent broker-dealers.
  32. Jobber

    Jobber is a slang term for a market maker on the London Stock Exchange prior to October, 1986. Jobbers, also called "stockjobbers," ...
  33. Scale In

    Scale in is the process of purchasing shares in increments once a stock dips to a certain price and continuing to buy until ...
  34. Are Dividend Stocks a Good Substitute for Bonds?

    Are dividend-paying stocks a good substitute for bonds in a low interest rate environment?
  35. Strong Buy

    A strong buy is a type of recommendation given by analysts for a stock that is expected to dramatically outperform the market ...
  36. Data Sharing is a Risk to You and Your Clients

    FINRA recently issued a strongly-worded warning to investment companies and investors about the dangers of sharing account ...
  37. Advisors, Can You Answer the Impact Call?

    It's time for advisors to step up and answer the call to provide their clients with impact investments.
  38. The ESG Data Revolution

    Advisors that want to participate in the ESG data revolution should consider how the ESG Specialist role can best support ...
  39. What Drives Wealthy Donors and How to Advise Them

    New research about high net worth philanthropy shows that values drive giving decisions—and that donors plan to keep on giving ...
  40. Retail Price Index (RPI)

    The Retail Price Index (RPI) is one of the two main measures of consumer inflation produced by the United Kingdom's Office ...
  41. Dow Divisor

    The Dow Divisor is a numerical value computed by Dow Jones Indexes that is used to calculate the level of the Dow Jones Industrial ...
  42. Clearing Broker

    A clearing broker is a member of an exchange that acts as a liaison between an investor and a clearing corporation.
  43. Dealer Market

    A dealer market is a financial market mechanism wherein multiple dealers post prices at which they will buy or sell a specific ...
  44. Percentage Change

    Percentage change is a simple mathematical concept that represents the degree of change over time.
  45. Real Value

    Real value is nominal value adjusted for inflation.
  46. Tenbagger

    A tenbagger is an investment that appreciates to 10 times its initial purchase price.
  47. Financial Economics

    Financial economics is a branch of economics that analyzes the use and distribution of resources in markets in which decisions ...
  48. Stock Market Crash

    A stock market crash is a rapid and often unanticipated drop in stock prices.
  49. How Federal Reserve Activity Impacts Investment Portfolios

    The Federal Reserve's monetary policies impact investments in a number of ways.
  50. Setting Sail with Effective Use of Factors

    We talk about how to build a portfolio of factors—and why.
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Hot Definitions
  1. Enterprise Value (EV)

    Enterprise Value (EV) is a measure of a company's total value, often used as a more comprehensive alternative to equity market ...
  2. Relative Strength Index - RSI

    Relative Strength Indicator (RSI) is a technical momentum indicator that compares the magnitude of recent gains to recent ...
  3. Dividend

    A dividend is a distribution of a portion of a company's earnings, decided by the board of directors, to a class of its shareholders.
  4. Inventory Turnover

    Inventory turnover is a ratio showing how many times a company has sold and replaces inventory over a period.
  5. Watchlist

    A watchlist is list of securities being monitored for potential trading or investing opportunities.
  6. Hedge Fund

    A hedge fund is an aggressively managed portfolio of investments that uses leveraged, long, short and derivative positions.
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