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An audio glossary of investment terms for young people and intending investors.

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Investment Term For The Day - Phillips Curve

Oct 18 • 02:42
The Phillips curve is an economic concept developed by A. W. Phillips stating that inflation and unemployment have a stable and inverse relationship. The theory claims that with economic growth comes inflation, which in turn should lead to more jobs and less unemployment. However, the original concept has been somewhat disproven empirically due to the occurrence of stagfla...

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Investment Term For The Day - Share Of Wallet

Oct 1 • 04:12
Share of wallet is the dollar amount an average customer regularly devotes to a particular brand rather than to competing brands in the same product category. Companies try to maximize an existing customer's share of wallet by introducing multiple products and services to generate as much revenue as possible from each customer. A marketing campaign, for example, may have a...

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Investment Term For The Day - Stress Testing

Sep 29 • 02:36
Stress testing is a computer simulation technique used to test the resilience of institutions and investment portfolios against possible future financial situations. Such testing is customarily used by the financial industry to help gauge investment risk and the adequacy of assets and help evaluate internal processes and controls. In recent years, regulators have also requ...

Investment Term For The Day - Sunk Cost

Sep 28 • 02:12
A sunk cost refers to money that has already been spent and cannot be recovered. In business, the axiom that one has to spend money to make money is reflected in the phenomenon of the sunk cost. A sunk cost differs from future costs that a business may face, such as decisions about inventory purchase costs or product pricing.
Sunk costs are excluded from future business de...

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Investment Term For The Day - Inverse Floater

Sep 22 • 01:54
An inverse floater is a bond or other type of debt whose coupon rate has an inverse relationship to a benchmark rate. An inverse floater adjusts its coupon payment as the interest rate changes. An inverse floater is also known as an inverse floating rate note or a reverse floater.
Governments and corporations are the typical issuers of these bonds, which they sell to invest...

Investment Term For The Day - Wasting Asset

Sep 20 • 02:27
A wasting asset is an item that has a limited life span and irreversibly declines in value over time. Examples include depreciating fixed assets such as vehicles and machinery and securities with time decay such as options, which continually lose time value after purchase.
Any asset that decreases in value over time is a wasting asset. For example, a truck used for business...

Investment Term For The Day - Writer

Sep 17 • 03:07
A writer sometimes referred to as a grantor is the seller of an option who opens a position to collect a premium payment from the buyer. Writers can sell call or put options that are covered or uncovered. An uncovered position is also referred to as a naked option. For example, the owner of 100 shares of stock can sell a call option on those shares to collect a premium fro...

Investment Term For The Day - Bowie Bond

Sep 15 • 03:05
A Bowie bond was a unique type of asset-backed security which used as collateral for the royalty streams from current (at the time) and future album sales and live performances by musician David Bowie.
Bowie bonds are also sometimes known as Pullman bonds after David Pullman, the banker who created and sold the first Bowie bonds.
Bowie bonds were first issued in 1997 when Da...

Investment Term For The Day - Suicide Pill

Sep 13 • 02:07
A suicide pill is an aggressive defensive strategy utilized by a target company to prevent attempts at a hostile takeover. The prey, as a last resort, engages in self-destructive measures to put off its suitor, favoring potential bankruptcy over the prospect of a merger occurring.
A suicide pill can also be referred to as the "Jonestown Defense," in reference to the cult th...

Investment Term For The Day - Smurf

Sep 10 • 02:00
A smurf is a colloquial term for a money launderer who seeks to evade scrutiny from government agencies by breaking up large transactions into a set of smaller transactions that are each below the reporting threshold. Smurfing is an illegal activity that can have serious consequences.
Current bank regulations require banks or other financial institutions to report cash tran...

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