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Glossary of Investment Terms

 

 

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Yield Curve

 

Graph presenting the term structure of interest rates by plotting the yields of all bonds of the same quality with maturities ranging from shortest to the longest available. The resulting curve shows if short-term interest rates are higher or lower than long-term rates.

 

 

 

Yield

 

Return on an investor's capital investment. The dividends or interest paid by a company expressed as a percentage of the current price. A stock with a current market value of $80 a share paying dividends at the rate of $6.40 has a return of 8% ($6.40$80.00). Figured the same way for bonds.

 

 

 

Yield To Maturity

 

Concept used to determine the rate of return an investor will receive if a long-term, interest bearing investment is held to its maturity date. It takes into account purchase price, redemption value, time to maturity, coupon yield, and the time between interest payments.

 

 

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