• Blue sky law - A State Law in the United States

    A blue sky law is a state law in the United States that regulates the offering and sale of securities to protect the public from fraud. Though the specific provisions of these laws vary among states, they all require the registration of all securities offerings and sales, as well as of stockbrokers and brokerage firms.
  • Initial Public Offering - Stock Market Launch

    An initial public offering (IPO) or stock market launch is a type of public offering where shares of stock in a company are sold to the general public, on a securities exchange, for the first time. Through this process, a private company transforms into a public company. Initial public offerings are used by companies to raise expansion capital, to possibly monetize the investments of early private investors, and to become publicly traded enterprises.
  • Balance of Payments - Accounting Record of all Monetary Transactions

    Balance of payments (BoP) accounts are an accounting record of all monetary transactions between a country and the rest of the world. These transactions include payments for the country's exports and imports of goods, services, financial capital, and financial transfers. The BoP accounts summarize international transactions for a specific period, usually a year, and are prepared in a single currency,
  • Mergers and Acquisitions - An aspect of corporate strategy

    Mergers and acquisitions (abbreviated M&A) is an aspect of corporate strategy, corporate finance and management dealing with the buying, selling, dividing and combining of different companies and similar entities that can help an enterprise grow rapidly in its sector or location of origin, or a new field or new location, without creating a subsidiary, other child entity or using a joint venture.
  • Foreign Exchange Market - The Currency Market

    The foreign exchange market (forex, FX, or currency market) is a form of exchange for the global decentralized trading of international currencies. Financial centers around the world function as anchors of trading between a wide range of different types of buyers and sellers around the clock, with the exception of weekends.

Hedge fund - Private, actively managed Investment Funds

Hedge_fund Hedge funds are private, actively managed investment funds. They invest in a diverse range of markets, investment instruments, & strategies & are subject to the regulatory restrictions of their country. U.S. regulations limit hedge fund participation to certain classes of accredited investors. Hedge funds are often open-ended, & allow additions or withdrawals by their investors. A hedge fund

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Money Market Fund - An Open-Ended Mutual Fund

Money_market_fund A money market fund (also known as money market mutual fund) is an open-ended mutual fund that invests in short-term debt securities such as US Treasury bills & commercial paper. Money market funds are widely (though not necessarily accurately) regarded as being as safe as bank deposits yet providing a higher yield. Regulated in the US under the Investment Company Act of 1940, money market

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Rate of Return - Known as return on Investment (ROI)

Rate_of_returnIn finance, rate of return (ROR), also known as returnon investment (ROI), rate of profit or sometimes just return,is the ratio of money gained or lost (whether realized or unrealized) on an investmentrelative to the amount of money invested. The amount of money gained or lostmay be referred to as interest, profit/loss, gain/loss, or net income/loss. Themoney invested may be referred to as the asset, capital, principal, or the

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Net Asset Value - Value of the Total Equity

Net_asset_value Net asset value (NAV) is the value of an entity's assets less the value of its liabilities, often in relation to open-end or mutual funds, since shares of such funds registered with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission are redeemed at their net asset value. This may also be the same as the book value or the equity value of a business. Net asset value may represent the value of the total

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Custodian Bank - A Specialized Financial Institution

Custodian_bankA custodian bank, or simply custodian, is aspecialized financial institution responsible for safeguarding a firm's orindividual's financial assets & is not necessarily engaged in"traditional" commercial or consumer/retail banking such as mortgageor personal lending, branch banking, personal accounts, ATMs & so forth. Therole of a custodian in such a case would be to: hold in safekeeping assets/securities such as

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Investment banking

An investment bank is a financial institution that assists individuals, corporations, & governments in raising capital by underwriting and/or acting as the client's agent in the issuance of securities.

Mergers and acquisitions

Mergers & acquisitions (abbreviated M & A) is an aspect of corporate strategy, corporate finance & management dealing with the buying, selling, dividing & combining of different companies

Hedge fund

Hedge funds are private, actively managed investment funds. They invest in a diverse range of markets, investment instruments, & strategies & are subject to the regulatory restrictions of their country.

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