Money Talk: Finance and Investment Terms for Busy People

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Allen & Unwin, 1999 - Business & Economics - 115 pages
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A pocket-sized guide to understanding all the financial terms associated with you and your money presented in the straightforward manner that is the trademark of Edna Carew's writing.

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Page 88 - Premium is also the opposite of discount. price-earnings ratio (P/E) a yardstick for measuring the value of a company's shares. It shows the relationship between the market price of a company's shares and the earnings per share.
Page 36 - A currency option is a contract that gives the purchaser the right (but not the obligation) to buy or sell a currency at a predetermined price (exchange rate) sometime in the future.
Page 37 - ... ratio The current ratio is calculated by dividing current assets by current liabilities: current assets current ratio = The current ratio indicates the company's coverage of current liabilities by current assets.
Page vii - ... highlights just how serious the problem has become. Our rules — and most important the purposes beneath them — have grown in complexity to a point beyond understanding except by a small number of specialists. It was once remarked by Baron Rothschild that only two men really understood gold — an obscure clerk in the Bank of France and one of the directors of the Bank of England. Unfortunately, he noted, "they disagree...
Page 46 - ... due diligence an analysis carried out before buying a controlling interest in a company to determine that the conditions of the business conform with what has been said by the sellers.
Page 52 - Guaranty, the investment bankers, as a 'bond underwritten by an international syndicate and bonus issue, or scrip issue, capitalization issue sold in countries other than the country of the currency in which the issue is denominated'.
Page 45 - ... Singapore. It should also not be enjoying any tax relief under the Economic Expansion Incentives (Relief from Income Tax) Act. Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) A share price index of shares traded on the New York Stock Exchange. The DJIA is a price-weighted average of 30 actively traded stocks. It is named after Charles Dow and Eddie Jones who first teamed up in 1882 to report stock market news in New York. Charles Dow was also the first editor of the Wall Street Journal. Down payment A portion...
Page 114 - ... longevity" of a security is its duration, not its term. Bonds with the same terms can have very different durations, depending on the pattern of the cash flows over the life of the bond. This requires a reinterpretation of the concept of the yield curve. As normally defined, the yield curve shows the relationship between the yield to maturity and the term to maturity. Yield curves are normally upward sloping because bonds with longer terms have greater interest rate risk. However, bonds with...
Page 60 - ... on a specific future date at an agreed price determined at the time the contract is traded on the futures exchange.
Page 12 - American economists, Fischer Black and Myron Scholes, to help assess the value of option contracts.

About the author (1999)

Formerly a specialist writer with The Australian Financial Review Edna Carew is the author of more than a dozen books on various aspects of finance, business and banking. She also carries out a wide range of writing, public speaking and consulting activities.

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