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• A certificate representing a single unit of ownership in a corporation.

 
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 12b 1 fees: The percent of a mutual fund's assets used to defray marketing and distribution expenses. The amount of the fee is stated in the fund's prospectus. The SEC has recently proposed that 12B-1 fees in excess of 0.25% be classed as a load. A true no load fund has neither a sales charge nor 12b-1 fee.Are charges assessed against an individual's mutual fund holdings for marketing and distribution expenses.A provision of the Investment Company Act of 1940 that allows a Mutual Fund to collect a fee for the promotion, sale, or other activity connected with the distribution of its Shares. The fee must be reasonable (typically 1/2 to 1% of net assets managed), up to a maximum of 8.5% of the offering price per share.

 Adjustable rate or floating rate preferred share arps: Preferred Share whose dividend rate is tied to interest rates on specific government securities.

 Ads: Is an American Depository Share.

 American depositary receipt: Is an instrument which is issued in the United States but based on foreign securities. This security facilitates trading and investment because it is quoted in terms of the U.S. Dollar. This compares to the initial situation of the underlying Shares quoted and traded in currencies other than the U. S. dollar.Abbreviated ADR or ADRS. Certificates issued by a U.S. depositary bank, representing foreign Shares held by the bank, usually by a branch or correspondent in the country of issue. One ADR may represent a portion of a foreign share, one share or a bundle of shares of a foreign corporation. If the ADR's are sponsored, the corporation provides financial information and other assistance to the bank and may subsidize the administration of the ADRs. Unsponsored ADRs do not receive such assistance. ADRs carry the same currency, political and economic risks as the underlying foreign share; the prices of the two, adjusted for the SDR/ordinary ratio, are kept essentially identical by arbitrage. American depositary shares (ADSs) are a similar form of certification.Claims issued by U.S. banks representing ownership of Shares of a foreign company's stock held on deposit by the U.S. bank in the foreign market and issued in dollars to U.S. investors.A negotiable certificate representing a given number of Shares of stock in a foreign corporation; it is bought and sold in the American securities markets, just as stock is traded. ADRs are issued by a U.S. bank, consisting of a bundle of shares of a foreign corporation that are being held in custody overseas. ADRs can be sponsored, which means the corporation provides financial and other information to the bank, or unsponsored. While ADRs have the same currency and economic risks as the underlying foreign shares, they are much more convenient for U.S. shareholders to own since there are no problems in transferring securities from a foreign country or currency conversion.

 Antidilutive effect: Result of a transaction that increases earnings per common Share (e.g. by decreasing the number of shares outstanding).

 
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