Category Archives: Finance

Bankruptcy

Definition of ‘Bankruptcy’ A legal proceeding involving a person or business that is unable to repay outstanding debts. The bankruptcy process begins with a petition filed by the debtor (most common) or on behalf of creditors (less common). All of

Corporation

Definition of ‘Corporation’ A legal entity that is separate and distinct from its owners. Corporations enjoy most of the rights and responsibilities that an individual possesses; that is, a corporation has the right to enter into contracts, loan and borrow

Rate Of Return

Definition of ‘Rate Of Return’ The gain or loss on an investment over a specified period, expressed as a percentage increase over the initial investment cost. Gains on investments are considered to be any income received from the security plus

Corporate Bond

Definition of ‘Corporate Bond’ A debt security issued by a corporation and sold to investors. The backing for the bond is usually the payment ability of the company, which is typically money to be earned from future operations. In some

Treasury Bond

Definition of ‘Treasury Bond – T-Bond’ A marketable, fixed-interest U.S. government debt security with a maturity of more than 10 years. Treasury bonds make interest payments semi-annually and the income that holders receive is only taxed at the federal level.

Risk Management

Definition of ‘Risk Management’ The process of identification, analysis and either acceptance or mitigation of uncertainty in investment decision-making. Essentially, risk management occurs anytime an investor or fund manager analyzes and attempts to quantify the potential for losses in an

Average Return

Definition of ‘Average Return’ The simple mathematical average of a series of returns generated over a period of time. An average return is calculated the same way a simple average is calculated for any set of numbers; the numbers are

Historical Returns

Definition of ‘Historical Returns’ The past performance of a security or index. Analysts review historical return data when trying to predict future returns, or to estimate how a security might react to a particular situation, such as a drop in

Standard Deviation

Definition of ‘Standard Deviation’ 1. A measure of the dispersion of a set of data from its mean. The more spread apart the data, the higher the deviation. Standard deviation is calculated as the square root of variance.2. In finance,

Return

Definition of ‘Return’ The gain or loss of a security in a particular period. The return consists of the income and the capital gains relative on an investment. It is usually quoted as a percentage. Socsolutions explains ‘Return’ The general rule