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Investment Term Of The Day : Exchange Traded Notes

Aug 10 • 04:16
Exchange-traded notes or ETNs are types of unsecured debt securities that track an underlying index of securities and trade on a major exchange like a stock. ETNs are similar to bonds but do not have interest payments. Instead, the prices of ETNs fluctuate like stocks
An ETN is typically issued by financial institutions and bases its return on a market index. ETNs are a typ...

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Investment Term Of The Day : Tax Planning

Aug 10 • 03:43
Tax planning is the analysis of a financial situation or plan from a tax perspective. The purpose of tax planning is to ensure tax efficiency. Through tax planning, all elements of the financial plan work together in the most tax-efficient manner possible. Tax planning is an essential part of an individual investor's financial plan. Reduction of tax liability and maximizin...

Investment Term Of The Day : Stock Option

Aug 10 • 03:33
A stock option gives an investor the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell a stock at an agreed upon price and date. There are two types of options: puts, which is a bet that a stock will fall, or calls, which is a bet that a stock will rise.
There are two different styles of options: American and European. American options can be exercised at any time between the ...

Investment Term Of The Day : Mutual Fund

Aug 10 • 04:32
A mutual fund is a type of financial vehicle made up of a pool of money collected from many investors to invest in securities like stocks, bonds, money market instruments, and other assets. Mutual funds are operated by professional money managers, who allocate the fund's assets and attempt to produce capital gains or income for the fund's investors. A mutual fund's portfol...

Investment Term Of The Day : Brokage Account

Aug 10 • 03:43
A brokerage account is an arrangement where an investor deposits money with a licensed brokerage firm, who places trades on behalf of the customer. Although the brokerage executes the orders, the assets belong to the investors, who typically must claim as taxable income any capital gains incurred from the account.
There are multiple types of brokerage accounts and brokerage...

Investment Term Of The Day : Bare Market

Aug 10 • 04:14
A bear market is when a market experiences prolonged price declines. It typically describes a condition in which securities prices fall 20% or more from recent highs amid widespread pessimism and negative investor sentiment. Bear markets are often associated with declines in an overall market or index like the S&P 500, but individual securities or commodities can also be c...

Investment Term Of The Day : Capital Gain

Aug 10 • 03:44
Capital gain is an increase in a capital asset's value. It is considered to be realized when you sell the asset. A capital gain may be short-term (one year or less) or long-term (more than one year) and must be claimed on income taxes.
While capital gains are generally associated with stocks and funds due to their inherent price volatility, a capital gain can occur on any s...

Investment Term Of The Day: Dead Cat Bounce

Aug 10 • 04:25
A dead cat bounce is a temporary recovery of asset prices from a prolonged decline or a bear market that is followed by the continuation of the downtrend. A dead cat bounce is a small, short-lived recovery in the price of a declining security, such as a stock. Frequently, downtrends are interrupted by brief periods of recovery—or small rallies—where prices temporarily rise...

Investment Term Of The Day: Savings

Aug 10 • 03:47
Savings is the money a person has left over when they subtract their consumer spending from their disposable income over a given time period. Savings can be used to increase income through investing.
Savings comprise the amount of money left over after spending. For example, Nana's monthly paycheck is $5,000. Her expenses include a $1,300 rent payment, a $450 car payment, a...

Investment Term of The Day: Technical Analysis

Aug 10 • 04:03
Technical analysis is a trading discipline employed to evaluate investments and identify trading opportunities by analyzing statistical trends gathered from trading activity, such as price movement and volume.
Unlike fundamental analysis, which attempts to evaluate a security's value based on business results such as sales and earnings, technical analysis focuses on the stu...

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