bobbrinker.com Investment Glossary
This glossary of investment and related terms
provides simple definitions of terms that you may need to know.
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The process of determining the current
worth of an asset.
Value Line index:
The index represents 1,700 companies from
the New York and American Stock Exchanges and the over-the-counter
market. It is an equal-weighted index, which means each of the 1,700
stocks, regardless of market price or total market value, are weighted
The possible different outcomes of an
event. As an example, an investment with many different levels of return
would have great variability.
The period of time an employee must work at
a firm before gaining access to employer-contributed pension income. For
401(k) plans, employee contributions are immediately vested, but
employer contributions may be vested over a period of several years.
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Wilshire 5000 equity index:
A stock market measure comprising 5,000+
equity securities. It includes all New York Stock Exchange and American
Stock Exchange issues and the most active over-the-counter issues. The
index represents the total dollar value of all 5,000 stocks.
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A curve that shows interest rates at a
specific point for all bonds having equal risk but different maturity
dates. Usually, government bonds are used to construct such curves.
Yield to maturity:
The rate of return anticipated on a bond if
it is held until the maturity date.
The amount of interest paid on a bond
divided by the price. A measure of the income generated by a bond. A
yield is not a total return measure because it does not include capital
gains or losses.
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