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  1. Vacation Home

    A dwelling other than the owner's primary residence that is used for recreational purposes, like vacations (hence the name). ...
  2. Individual Development Account - IDA

    A savings account for lower income individuals. An IDA is used for a specific purpose such as education, purchasing a first ...
  3. Big Three

    A reference to the three largest automobile manufacturers in North America: General Motors, Chrysler and Ford. All three ...
  4. Full-Time Student

    A status that is important for determining dependency exemptions. Full-time status is based on what the individual's school ...
  5. Lemon

    A very disappointing investment. A lemon is an investment in which your expected return wasn't even close to being achieved, ...
  6. Moving Expenses

    Potentially tax-deductible expenses that are incurred when an individual and his or her family relocates for a new job or ...
  7. Qualified Adoption Expenses - QAE

    The necessary costs paid to adopt a child younger than 18 years of age or any disabled person who requires care. Qualified ...
  8. Dunning

    Making insistent demands for the payment of a debt. Dunning, in the business context, refers to the collections process, ...
  9. Personal Equity Plan - PEP

    An investment plan in the U.K. that used to allow people over the age of 18 to invest in shares of U.K. companies. It was ...
  10. Stock Savings Plan

    In Canada, a plan wherein certain provinces (such as Alberta, Ontario and Quebec) provide tax credits for provincial income ...
  11. General Motors (GM) Indicator

    An indicator based on the theory that the performance of U.S. automaker General Motors (GM) is a pre-cursor to the performance ...
  12. Mean Return

    1. In securities analysis, it is the expected value, or mean, of all the likely returns of investments comprising a portfolio. ...
  13. Closed-End Lease

    A rental agreement that puts no obligation on the lessee (the person making periodic lease payments) to purchase the leased ...
  14. Open-End Lease

    A rental agreement that obliges the lessee (the person making periodic lease payments) to make a balloon payment at the end ...
  15. Accumulation Phase

    1. A period of time when an annuity investor is in the early stages of building up the cash value of the annuity. This is ...
  16. Fixed Term

    Describes an investment vehicle, usually some kind of debt instrument, that has a fixed time period of investment. With a ...
  17. Foreign Plan

    A retirement savings plan created by a person or a company to benefit individuals who are not Canadian residents. These beneficiaries ...
  18. Accumulation Period

    1. The phase in an investor's life when he/she builds up his/her savings and the value of his/her investment portfolio with ...
  19. Christmas Club

    A short-term savings account that usually pays out the full account balance to its account holders once each year, right ...
  20. Blue Book

    A guidebook that compiles and quotes prices for new and used automobiles and other vehicles of all makes, models and types. ...
  21. Timeliness

    A proprietary rating system used to rate stocks while taking into account earnings changes and price performance in order ...
  22. Flexible Spending Account - FSA

    A type of savings account available in the United States that provides the account holder with specific tax advantages. Set ...
  23. Cost Of Savings Index - COSI Index

    A popular index used for certain adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs). The index is a weighted average of the rates of interest ...
  24. Register

    1. The act of recording an event, transaction, name or other information. 2. An aggregation of stored data, usually containing ...
  25. Lifetime Cost

    A total of all other costs relating to a good over its expected lifetime in addition to the amount paid to acquire it. These ...
  26. Auction

    A system where potential buyers place competitive bids on assets and services. The asset or service in question will sell ...
  27. Microsavings

    A branch of microfinance, consisting of a small deposit account offered to lower income families or individuals as an incentive ...
  28. Lifeline Account

    A streamlined checking or savings account designed for low-income customers. These accounts will usually have low balance ...
  29. Archer MSA

    A savings account that earns tax deductible interest for medical expenses. Archer MSAs are often used by small business or ...
  30. Bloomberg Terminal

    A computer system that allows investors to access the Bloomberg data service, which provides real-time financial data, news ...
  31. Flexible Expense

    An expense that is easily altered or avoided by the person bearing the cost. Flexible expenses are costs that may be manipulated ...
  32. Shoestring

    A slang term used to describe a small amount of money that is considered to be inadequate for its intended purpose. A shoestring ...
  33. Commercial Credit

    A pre-approved amount of money issued by a bank to a company that can be accessed by the borrowing company at any time to ...
  34. Motor Vehicle Sales

    The number of domestically produced units of cars, SUVs, mini-vans and light trucks that are sold. Motor vehicle sales are ...
  35. Voluntary Simplicity

    A lifestyle that minimizes consumption and the pursuit of wealth and material goods. Individuals choose voluntary simplicity ...
  36. Commuting Expenses

    Expenses that are incurred as a result of the taxpayer's regular means of getting back and forth to his or her place of employment. ...
  37. Staycation

    A vacation spent at or near your own home, rather than traveling to another location. People take staycations for many reasons, ...
  38. Account History

    All activity within an account, usually since inception. In a bank account, the account history includes all transactions ...
  39. Primary Business Purpose

    A phrase denoting that the main intent of traveling out of town was to transact business. This trip may be combined with ...
  40. Anticipated Balance

    The amount that a savings account will have at some future date, or that a time deposit will have at maturity, assuming no ...
  41. Anticipated Interest

    The amount of interest that a savings vehicle will accrue by some future date, assuming there are no deposits or withdrawals ...
  42. Availability

    Funds that have been deposited by third-party check into a customer's bank account. These funds are typically not usable ...
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