• As a discipline, the study of financial securities, such as stocks and bonds, from the investor's viewpoint. This area deals with the firm's financing decision, but from the other side of the transaction.


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 Alternative investments: Are usually Investments other than mutual funds, certificates of deposit, or direct investments in equities and bonds. Some of these alternatives are: art, collectibles, commodities, commodity funds, commodity pools, derivatives, foreign exchange, hedge funds, oil and gas, precious metals, and real estate ventures.

 Analyst: Also known as a Financial Analyst or Security Analyst. Analysts have expertise in evaluating Investments, and typically are employed by brokerage firms, investment advisors, or mutual funds. They make buy, sell, and hold recommendations on securities, and many specialize in industries or sectors.Employee of a brokerage or fund management house who studies companies and makes buy-and-sell recommendations on their stocks. Most specialize in a specific industry.

 Annuity: Fixed number of identical cash flows that start one period from today. Typically, annuity products are used to provide income in retirement.Is an insurance product which comes in two basic forms: fixed and variable. The fixed version can make a lump sum or periodic lifetime payments to the annuitant. The variable version has a separate account attached to the annuity contract. This type of contract is considered a security because it is dependent on equities and its total value is subject to fluctuate due to market risk. There are many annuity varieties. Some are: Annuity Certain, Annuity Due, Deferred Annuity, Fixed Annuity, Life Annuity, Ordinary Annuity, Perpetuity, and Variable Annuity. Also, see Interest Impact on Present Value of Ordinary Annuity of 1 Per Period.A regular periodic payment made by an insurance company to a policyholder for a specified period of time.A finite stream of equal and periodic (regular) cash flows. These cash flows can be inflows of returns earned on Investments or outflows of funds invested to earn future returns.(1) A series of periodic payments. (2) A contract under which an insurance company promises to make a series of regular payments to a named individual for life.

 Asset and asset allocation: "Anything of value that you own that adds to your net worth; asset allocation refers to managing your finances by choosing or rejecting Investments based on a specified strategy, such as aggressive growth, current income, minimizing taxes, etc.

 Average life: In mortgage-related Investments, including CMOs, the average time to expected receipt of principal payments, weighted by the amount of principal expected.Also referred to as the weighted-average life (WAL). The average number of years that each dollar of unpaid principal due on the mortgage remains outstanding. Average life is computed as the weighted average time to the receipt of all future cash flows, using as the weights the dollar amounts of the principal pay downs.

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