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Denial Of Service Attack (DoS)

Sat,22 Oct 2016 14:50:00 -0700

An intentional cyberattack carried out on networks, websites and online resources in order to restrict access to its legitimate users.

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Data Anonymization

Thu,20 Oct 2016 08:45:00 -0700

A data privacy technique that seeks to protect private or sensitive data by deleting or encrypting personally identifiable information from a database.

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Thu,20 Oct 2016 07:57:00 -0700

An automated advisory system that manages your retirement plan using algorithms set in place by robo-advisors.

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Rent Guarantee Insurance

Fri,14 Oct 2016 11:06:00 -0700

Insurance bought by a tenant that pays the monthly rent for a set period of time if the covered tenant stops making rent payments.

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Political Action Committee / Super PAC

Fri,14 Oct 2016 10:15:00 -0700

Political action committees (PACs) privately raise money to donate to a political campaign in hopes of influencing an election. Super PACs cannot directly contribute to a campaign, but can raise unlimited sums of money.

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Wed,12 Oct 2016 13:44:00 -0700

Cybersecurity refers to the measures taken to keep electronic information private, ranging from personal protection to complex government protection.

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Wed,12 Oct 2016 13:23:00 -0700

Insurtech refers to the use of technology innovations designed to squeeze out savings and efficiency from the current insurance industry model.

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Margin Debt

Wed,12 Oct 2016 13:23:00 -0700

Margin debt is debt a brokerage customer takes on by trading on margin.

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Wed,12 Oct 2016 09:58:00 -0700

Pentamillionaire refers to a person whose net worth is $5 million or more.

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Zombie ETF

Wed,12 Oct 2016 08:46:00 -0700

A zombie ETF refers to exchange traded funds that are seeing little trading volume or increased investment.

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High Income No Taxes (HINTs)

Tue,11 Oct 2016 08:19:00 -0700

"HINT" is an acronym that stands for for "high income no taxes." It is applied to high-earners who avoid paying federal income tax through legal means.

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Tax Loss Carryforward

Mon,03 Oct 2016 07:30:00 -0700

A tax loss carryforward takes place where a business or individual reports losses on a tax return up to seven years after the loss occurred. Frequently the logic behind this is to reduce tax liability during a year where the income or profits are high if losses were experienced previously.

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Blind Trust

Thu,29 Sep 2016 08:48:00 -0700

A trust in which the trustees have full discretion over the assets, and the trust beneficiaries have no knowledge of the holdings of the trust.

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Jumbo Loan

Thu,29 Sep 2016 08:29:00 -0700

A mortgage with a loan amount exceeding the conforming loan limits set by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and, therefore, not eligible to be purchased, guaranteed or securitized by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. OFHEO sets the conforming loan limit size on an annual basis.

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Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Area (CAFTA-DR)

Wed,28 Sep 2016 14:19:00 -0700

CAFTA-DR or CAFTA is a free-trade agreement linking the U.S., Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.

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Efficient Market Hypothesis - EMH

Wed,28 Sep 2016 13:25:00 -0700

An investment theory that states it is impossible to "beat the market" because stock market efficiency causes existing share prices to always incorporate and reflect all relevant information. According to the EMH, stocks always trade at their fair value on stock exchanges, making it impossible for investors to either purchase undervalued stocks or sell stocks for inflated prices.

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Market Access

Wed,28 Sep 2016 12:50:00 -0700

Market access refers to the ability of a company or country to sell goods and services across borders.

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Tue,27 Sep 2016 14:42:00 -0700

A clawback is an action whereby an employer or benefactor takes back money that has already been disbursed, sometimes with an added penalty.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Mon,26 Sep 2016 19:17:00 -0700

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a proposed free trade agreement linking the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim economies. While all 12 nations have signed the agreement and the U.S. Congress narrowly granted the president fast-track authority in 2015, the current outlook for the deal's ratification is uncertain, as domestic politics in the U.S.

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Mon,26 Sep 2016 12:39:00 -0700

A fiduciary is a person who acts on behalf of another person, or persons to manage assets.

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