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Insider trading

2017-09-21T00:57:36+00:00

Definition: The buying and selling of stocks and/or bonds (ie, securities) of a corporation by someone who is in possession of “material” (ie, important) “non public” information. This practice is generally illegal.

Inflation

2017-10-18T17:55:23+00:00

Definition: The steady rise over a period of several years in the prices of goods, services and wages.

Hedge

2017-09-21T00:38:31+00:00

Definition: To follow an investment you have made with another one that will lessen your losses in the event that the original investment turns out to be unsuccessful.

Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)

2017-09-21T00:31:45+00:00

Definition: Abbreviation for Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, the comprehensive set of principles and rules for how publicly-held corporations should account for their business activities and prepare their financial statements. It is maintained by the independent Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).

Floating rate bond (FRB)

2017-09-21T00:27:36+00:00

Definition: A bond whose interest rate moves up and down periodically with market interest rates.

Fiscal year

2017-09-21T00:28:16+00:00

Definition: The 12-month period a company has chosen to be the year over which it will report its financial performance.

Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB)

2017-09-21T00:28:39+00:00

Definition: The non-governmental organization that makes the rules for how American publicly-held corporations should account for their business activities and prepare their financial statements. The collective rules and regulations are known as Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

Face value

2017-09-21T00:29:03+00:00

Definition: The dollar amount a company or government borrows when it issues an investor a bond. This amount, which is printed clearly on the bond, is owed back to the investor on the bond’s maturity date, which also printed on the bond.