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After-Hours Trading

The trading of securities after the major markets have closed. Trading is conducted on Electronic Communication Networks (ECNs) which pair buyers and sellers for trade execution.

Agency Security

Federal government agencies issuance of bonds, bills and notes.

Aggregate Exercise Price

A put or call option's strike price multiplied by its contract size.

Aggressive Growth Funds

Mutual funds seeking to acheive accelerated earnings on small-company stocks with higher levels of risk.

Algorithmic Trading

A technology driven system of trading which facilitates transaction decision making using advanced mathematical tools. It is also often referred to as algo trading or black box trading.


Type of order stipulating execution of the entire quantity at specified price (or better), or none at all. It is employed to prevent partial filled orders.


Often referred to as the "active" return on investment, it is the difference between a fund's expected performance and its actual returns.

Alternative Investments

Financial instruments other than cash, equities or bonds. Collectively, they are hedge funds, managed futures,  real estate or commodities investments.

American Depository Receipt (ADR)

U.S. bank held certificate(s) representing foreign stock shares traded on a U.S. stock exchange.

American Stock Exchang (AMEX)

The American Stock Exchange (AMEX) is the third-largest stock exchange by trading volume in the United States. In 2009 it was renamed the NYSE AMEX Equities Exchange when it was acquired by the NYSE in the year previous. The Exchange is located in New York City.


A technical analysis term that refers to the difference in price from the midpoint of a trench to the midpoint of a peak of a security.

Analysis Paralysis

The indecisive state of mind for an individual that becomes overwhelmed by the process of evaluating various data metrics for a particular market.

Annual Percentage Rate (APR)

The expense of a loan annually, including interest charges and any additional fees.

Annual Percentage Yield(APY)

Total income that an investment earns annually. Typically represents the total earnings of cash accounts such as money market funds or savings accounts, and returns from bonds and stocks.

Annual Report

A corporation's year-end financial statistics and operations summary filed annually with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The report details the company's financial condition, liabilities and forward-thinking plans.

Annualized Returns

An investment's return over a specific duration, represented somewhat as an average as it takes the cumulative return for the period and divides this evenly over each year for the period.


A financial product that is designed to accept and grow funds from an individual and then, upon pay out, a schedule of payments to the individual at a later time.

Appreciation Funds

Funds that invest in stocks where value is projected to increase substantially.


The simultaneous buying and selling of a financial instrument in different markets to profit from differing prices for the same asset.

Arithmetic Mean

The result of adding a sum of numbers then dividing by the number of elements in the group.

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