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Accrued Interest
Interest earned on the notional amount of an investment between two payment dates. For example, the accrued interest on a bond would be the amount of interest owed to the buyer since the last coupon payment.


Aerospace & Defense Industry Sector
Manufacturers of civil or military aerospace and defense equipment, parts or products. Includes defense electronics and space equipment.


Airlines Industry Sector
Companies providing primarily passenger air transportation….


Alternative Asset
A newer type of asset that has not been traditionally considered part of an investment portfolio. Historically, examples include real estate, commodities, as well as rare coins, stamps, artwork and trading cards. More recently, the term has also come to be used to refer to other institutional asset classes including...


Asset Allocation
The implementation of an investment strategy that attempts to balance risk versus reward by adjusting the percentage of each asset in an investment portfolio according to the investors risk tolerance, goals and investment time frame. The goal is to create diversification in assets which reduces overall risk in terms


Automotive Industry Sector
Companies and organisations involved in the design, development, manufacturing, marketing, and selling of motor vehicles


Banker's Acceptance
Short-term credit investment created by a non-financial firm and guaranteed by a bank to make a payment. Acts as a negotiable time draft for financing imports and exports or other transactions in goods. This is especially useful when the creditworthiness of a foreign trade partner is unknown. Does not need to be held...


Basis Point Value
1% change = 100 basis points, and 0.01% = 1 basis point


Bear Market
A market condition in which the prices of securities are falling and widespread pessimism causes the negative sentiment to be self-sustaining. As investors anticipate losses in a bear market and selling continue, pessimism only grows. Although figures can vary, for now, a downturn of 20% or more in multiple broad markets.


Benchmark
A standard against which the performance of a security can be measured or priced.

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