Alphabetical - A

Abandon OptionAn option holder chooses not to exercise their option
Absolute RiskThe volatility of total returns
AcceptanceShort-term debt instruments, drawn on a bank for future payment
Acceptance HouseGuarantees payment of trade bills used to finance trade deals and goods in shipment
AcceptingSigning a Bill of Exchange signifying an agreement to pay. Subsequent or alternative signature by a bank virtually guarantees payment.
Account??
Accreted Value??
Accreting SwapA swap in which the principal increases in each time period.
Accrual SwapAn interest rate swap where interest on one side accrues only when a certain condition is met.
Accrued InterestInterest that has been earned but not yet paid
ActuaryA statistician who calculates risk
AdministratorAn Administrator is responsible for ensuring the efficient day-to-day operation of a fund including the accounting.
AlphaA measure of performance on a risk adjusted basis.
Alternative Investment MarketA market dedicated to smaller companies.
Alternative Minimum Tax??
American Depository ReceiptThe form in which foreign shares can be traded in the US without a formal listing.
American OptionAn option that can be exercises at any time during its life.
AmortisationRepayment of the principal on a loan or bond installments over a period of time.
Amortising??
Amortising SwapA swap where the notional principal decreases in a predetermined way as time passes.
Annual Percentage RateUsed to describe the true cost of the money borrowed on mortgages, loans and credit cards.
Annual Yield??
AnnuitySomething that pays regular cash flows at fixed periods over a given period of time.
APACSControlling cheque clearing, BACS and CHAPS in the UK
ArbitrageTaking advantage of an anomaly in prices or rates in different markets.
ArbitrageurA person who engages in arbitrage opportunities.
Article 65Article for the Japanese Financial Code - prevents commercial banks from engaging in some investment banking
Asian OptionAn option with a payoff dependent on the average price of an underlying asset during a specified period.
Ask PriceThe price that a dealer is offering to sell a security.
Ask RateOffer Rate
Asset Backed Securities??
Asset Pricing??
Asset-Or-Nothing Call OptionAn option that provides a payoff equal to the asset price if the asset price is above the strike price and zero otherwise.
Asset-Or-Nothing Put OptionAn option that provides a payoff equal to the asset price if the asset price is below the strike price and zero otherwise.
AssetsThe side of the balance sheet dealing with lending
AssuranceThe business of life insurance and pensions
As-You-Like-It OptionChooser Option
At-Best OrderAn order to a broker to buy and or sell a contract at the best price available.
At-The-Money OptionAn option in which the strike price equals the price of the underlying asset.
Auction Market Preferred Stock??
AuditInspection of a companys books by independent accountants
Automated Clearing House??
Automated Pit TradingA computerised trading system used at the LIFFE in addition to open cry
Automatic ExerciseWhen the clearing house automatically exercises in-the-money options at expiry.
Average-Price Call OptionAn option giving a payoff equal to the greater of zero and the amount by which the average price of the asset exceeds the strike price.
Average-Price Put OptionAn option giving a payoff equal to the greater of zero and the amount by which the strike price axceeds the average price of the asset.
Average-Strike OptionAn option that provides a payoff dependent on the difference between the final asset price and the average asset price.
Abandon Option
An option holder chooses not to exercise their option
Absolute Risk
The volatility of total returns
Acceptance
Short-term debt instruments, drawn on a bank for future payment
Acceptance House
Guarantees payment of trade bills used to finance trade deals and goods in shipment
Accepting
Signing a Bill of Exchange signifying an agreement to pay. Subsequent or alternative signature by a bank virtually guarantees payment.
Account
??
Accreted Value
??
Accreting Swap
A swap in which the principal increases in each time period.
Accrual Swap
An interest rate swap where interest on one side accrues only when a certain condition is met.
Accrued Interest
Interest that has been earned but not yet paid
Actuary
A statistician who calculates risk
Administrator
An Administrator is responsible for ensuring the efficient day-to-day operation of a fund including the accounting.
Alpha
A measure of performance on a risk adjusted basis.
Alternative Investment Market
A market dedicated to smaller companies.
Alternative Minimum Tax
??
American Depository Receipt
The form in which foreign shares can be traded in the US without a formal listing.
American Option
An option that can be exercises at any time during its life.
Amortisation
Repayment of the principal on a loan or bond installments over a period of time.
Amortising
??
Amortising Swap
A swap where the notional principal decreases in a predetermined way as time passes.
Annual Percentage Rate
Used to describe the true cost of the money borrowed on mortgages, loans and credit cards.
Annual Yield
??
Annuity
Something that pays regular cash flows at fixed periods over a given period of time.
APACS
Controlling cheque clearing, BACS and CHAPS in the UK
Arbitrage
Taking advantage of an anomaly in prices or rates in different markets.
Arbitrageur
A person who engages in arbitrage opportunities.
Article 65
Article for the Japanese Financial Code - prevents commercial banks from engaging in some investment banking
Asian Option
An option with a payoff dependent on the average price of an underlying asset during a specified period.
Ask Price
The price that a dealer is offering to sell a security.
Ask Rate
Offer Rate
Asset Backed Securities
??
Asset Pricing
??
Asset-Or-Nothing Call Option
An option that provides a payoff equal to the asset price if the asset price is above the strike price and zero otherwise.
Asset-Or-Nothing Put Option
An option that provides a payoff equal to the asset price if the asset price is below the strike price and zero otherwise.
Assets
The side of the balance sheet dealing with lending
Assurance
The business of life insurance and pensions
As-You-Like-It Option
Chooser Option
At-Best Order
An order to a broker to buy and or sell a contract at the best price available.
At-The-Money Option
An option in which the strike price equals the price of the underlying asset.
Auction Market Preferred Stock
??
Audit
Inspection of a companys books by independent accountants
Automated Clearing House
??
Automated Pit Trading
A computerised trading system used at the LIFFE in addition to open cry
Automatic Exercise
When the clearing house automatically exercises in-the-money options at expiry.
Average-Price Call Option
An option giving a payoff equal to the greater of zero and the amount by which the average price of the asset exceeds the strike price.
Average-Price Put Option
An option giving a payoff equal to the greater of zero and the amount by which the strike price axceeds the average price of the asset.
Average-Strike Option
An option that provides a payoff dependent on the difference between the final asset price and the average asset price.

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