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Accelerated FilerA company that has a market value of more than $75 million. This type of company must abide by shorter deadlines for the filing of ...
Accredited InvestorAs defined in Rule 501 under Regulation D, refers to the type of investor that is not required to receive detailed offering materials in a ...
Accrued InterestApplying mainly to convertible securities, interest that has accumulated between the most recent payment and the sale of a bond or other fixed-income security. ...
Acid TestA stern measure of a company's ability to pay its short term debts, in that stock is excluded from asset value. The acid-test ratio is ...
AcquisitionWhen one firm buys another firm. ...
Active AccountRefers to a brokerage account in which many transactions occur. Brokerage firms may charge a fee for an account that does not generate an adequate ...
Actively Managed FundsIn most actively managed funds, the fund manager makes specific investments with the goal of outperforming a benchmark index. Managers do this by trying to ...
AftermarketTrading activity of a stock immediately following the event by which an operating business's stock becomes publicly tradable. More commonly referred to in connection with ...
Algorithmic TradingTrading bymeans of an automated computer program. ...
All or None(AON) - This order says that the client will not accept less than the entire quantity in the order, but there isno rush to get ...
Alternate Price Projection(APP) Compares the price range of swings in the same direction. The most frequently used percentage alternate price projections are 62 percent, 100 percent, and ...
Alternate Time Projection(ATP) Compares the time range of swings in the same direction. The most frequently used percentage alternate time projections are 62 percent, 100 percent, and ...
Alternative Public Offering(APO) Somewhat misleading term used to refer to the variety of methods of going public other than an IPO. The term generally describes reverse mergers, ...
American Stock Exchange(AMEX) - Securities exchange that handles approximately 20% of all securities trades within the USA. ...
American-StyleAn options contract that settles American-style can be exercised at any time prior to expiration. Stock options settle American-style. ...
AmortizationA process that expenses the value of an intangible asset over time. ...
AnalystA person with expertise in evaluating financial investments; he or she performs investment research and makes recommendations to institutional and retail investors to buy, sell, ...
Announcement DateThe date on which particular news concerning a given company is announced to the public. ...
Annual Percentage Rage(APR) The periodic rate times the number of periods in a year. ...
Annual ReportA financial disclosure of the results of a company for the past year, although it is usually a marketing piece to entice shareholders. ...
Annualized DividendThis field is a calculated value and uses the last dividend paid multiplied by the frequency. It is the amount of a dividend paid to ...
Annualized return The return on investment calculated on a full-year basis, meaning increasing the rate if held less than one year, or reducing the rate if ...
AnnuitiesAnnuities are products, usually offered by insurance companies, that provide payments to you for a guaranteed period in return for a premium that you pay ...
ArbitrageThe purchase or sale of an instrument and simultaneous taking of an equal and opposite position in a related market, in order to take advantage ...
AskThe lowest price acceptable to a prospective seller of a security. ...
AssetA balance sheet item expressing what an individual or a corporation owns. ...
Asset AllocationA form of diversification, in which emphasis is placed on dividing capital among separate markets (stocks, bonds, real estate, money markets). ...
AssignmentRefers to the option writer's (seller's) obligation to sell or buy a stock or other financial instrument at the strike price for which the writer ...
AssignmentThe receipt of an exercise notice by an option writer that requires him or her to sell (in the case of a call) or purchase ...
At The Close(CLO) - Designed to take advantage of market action accompanying a moment in time. At the close orders may be entered any time prior to ...
At-The-Money(ATM): When the strike price of an option is the same as the current price of the underlying instrument. An option is at-the-money if the strike ...
Authorized SharesNumber of shares authorized for issuance by a firm’s corporate charter. ...
Automatic ExerciseAn exercise by the clearing firm in which the firm automatically exercises an in-the-money option at expiration. ...
Average Daily Trade VolumeA stock's average daily trade volume is the very first thing consider. ...
Averaging downBuying more of a share as it's price falls in order to establish a lower overall average entry price. ...

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