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Glossary of Investment Terms

 

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Warrants

 

Certificates giving the holder the right to purchase securities at a stipulated price within a specified time limit. Sometimes a warrant is offered with securities as an inducement to purchase.

 

 

 

Wash Sale

 

Purchase and sale of a security either simultaneously or within a short period of time, often in order to recognize a tax loss without altering one's position.

 

 

 

When Issued

 

A short form of "when, as and if issued." Term indicates a conditional transaction in a security authorized for issuance but not as yet actually issued. All "when issued" transactions are on an "if" basis, to be settled if and when the actual security is issued and the exchange or NASD rules the transactions are to be settled.

 

 

 

 

 

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