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    Half Stock

    Half Stock - Half-Stock is a stock certificate. A half-stock can be a common stock certificate and it can be a preferred stock certificate. A half-stock certificate has a par value of fifty dollars. The term comes from the value determined on the stock certificate. The common stock certificate and the preferred stock certificate on consider a par value. The value of the bond is the par value. A dollar amount assigned to the stock certificate when representing the value. It is a contribution for each share of stock certificate in cash...

    Hang Seng Index

    Hang Seng Index - Hang Seng Index is a market-weighted index of thirty-three stock certificates. This weighted index makes up approximately seventy percent of the stock market value. All the stock certificates traded are on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. Hang Seng Index Services Limited is a subsidiary of Hang Seng Bank. It carries many obligations to many companies and corporations. It calculates the current index. The firm calculates several other market weight indexes including an Asian weighted index. Hang Seng Index calculates a mid cap index and an index...

    Hard Goods

    Hard Goods – Hard goods, also known as durable goods or just as durables, are commodities that are considered to have a long lifespan.  On the contrary to nondurable goods, hard goods can be utilized several times over a relatively long period of time rather than being disposed of after only one use.  Generally, hard goods are classified as lasting longer than three years.  Examples of hard goods include automobiles, computers, appliances, equipment, furniture and freezers.  The Commerce Department monitors hard goods orders month by month and often, increasing orders of durables over a span of a couple of months...

    Heavy Industry

    Heavy Industry – Heavy industry refers to businesses that manufacture and/or distribute “heavy” in weight commodities such as steel, iron, oil, railways, and machinery.  Heavy industry can also mean products that are “heavy” in production processes such as chemicals.  In more recent times, the term has had a much more negative connotation because of how detrimental the industry’s products are to the environment.  A majority of the products in the heavy industry contribute a great deal to the earth’s pollution.  Generally, the heavy industry is very capital and resource intensive and fledging companies can find the industry to be very...

    Heavy Market

    Heavy Market - A Heavy Market referred to as a declining market. The stock certificates were selling actively. The stocks certificates trading in the stock market begins a steady decline. This prompts the stock investors to begin moving their stock certificates in the portfolio around. A market in which there are more stockbrokers who are selling their stock certificates. The stockbrokers buying the stock certificates have slowed down or stopped. This is a period of time when stockbrokers and stock investors begin to invest in the gold market and some in the...

    Hedge Fund

    Definition: A fund allowed to use a number of strategies to make money.  Because hedge funds are restricted on the number of people that can invest in them, they typically require that you invest at least $250,000.  Hedge funds pride themselves on being able to make ...

    Held to Maturity

    Held to Maturity - Held to Maturity is debt security that a company or corporation has the ability and the intent to hold their stock certificates until they mature. There is no intent to sell or trade. The holder of the stock certificates intends to keep the stock certificates. The amortized cost is reported material annually for tax purposes. Therefore, the held stock certificates remain unaffected by up and down swings in the financial markets. The holder of the stock certificates will hold the stock certificates until they reach maturity. Stock...

    Heterogeneous

    Heterogeneous – Heterogeneous is a broad term that refers to individuals, items, companies, industries, etc. that are dissimilar from each other while still pertaining to a larger whole.  The opposite of heterogeneous is homogeneous, which encompasses similar objects within a group.  Outside of economics and business, heterogeneous can also be found within a scientific setting, such as mixing several different compounds in an experiment.  An example of heterogeneous within the business realm would be when companies collaborate together with their different products to form a heterogeneous network. ...

    Hidden Load

    Hidden Load - This is a fee charge on a sale that is not disclosed prior to the sale. It might be included in the fine print, but can easily be missed during the initial evaluation of a given prospectus. With life insurance companies for example, this might be cost assessed on the first year?s premiums used to build some cash value. In the area of mutual funds this can involve an annual fee that is a percentage of the assets, called a 12b-1 fee. It covers the expenses related to marketing and...

    Hidden Values

    Hidden Values - Hidden Values is undervalued assets on a company or corporation balance sheet. It is not in the company or corporation balance sheet. It is not in the company or corporation share price. Hidden values are in the form of assets such as pending patents. Hidden values are in the form of corporate trademark. Investors who are value oriented will often try to identify a company or corporation hidden value, but not easy. Most investors require real estate recorded at its historical cost. A real estate purchase years ago will...

    High-Flyer

    High-Flyer - A High-Flyer is a heavily traded stock selling at high price-earnings ratio. High-flyers go through a period of very rapid rising prices when news about the company, corporation, and industry which they operate catches the investing public's fancy. Unfortunately, however, most high-flyers eventually come to earth with plunging prices when investor's expectations are shattered. A stock certificate trading at high valuation based on traditional measures such as price earnings ratio. High-flyer is very volatile. High priced and highly speculative stock move rapidly up and down over a short period....

    High-Tech Stock

    High-Tech Stock - High-Tech Stock is publicly traded stock of companies and corporations in technology and the electronics sectors. Corporations are involved in developing and producing computer technology. Corporations are involved in semiconductor and silicone chip production and new media technology. They are interested in internet related equipment. Companies may include developing cutting edge electronics and biochemical technology. High-tech stock issues are growth stocks that are classified. The highly volatile nature and above average return potential is at risk. High-tech stocks rarely pay dividends. Stock of companies involved in computers,...

    High Current Income Mutual Fund

    High Current Income Mutual Fund - high current income mutual funds are a form of mutual fund, which has as its objective and purpose to offer any shareholders a high income. In order to facilitate such options to the satisfaction of any investors, normally means utilizing large amounts of investments. These are used with regards to locating specific types of high risk available through given kinds of financial instruments. Such will involve things like the purchasing of junk bonds. This type of option is most appealing to anyone that is seeking to generate a high level of income from his...

    High Watermark

    High Watermark?- This is a term that applies to whatever is the highest value a given investment fund has actually earned. This is referred to as its high watermark mark by the investors. Such value has benefit mainly in terms to those who manage the funds. They are used as a gauge to determine any bonus a specific manager will be eligible for during a given period. This is based on whether they succeeded in exceeding the high watermark level in earnings. Should the manager fail to have earnings above that level...

    Historical Yield

    Historical Yield - A historical yield is the set amount of yield by any mutual fund that it actually produced during a given period of time. Such yields become a measurable factor when gleaming the prospective mutual funds that appeal to an individual investor at the time one is making his or her choice. This is a number that will be often assessed by those who are making decisions with regards to purchases of mutual funds. Many investors can and frequently do make comparisons between the historical yield available by a wide...

    Holder of Record

    Holder of Record - Holder of Record is the name appearing on a company or corporations records books as the sole registered owner, or sole holder of the issued stock certificate. A business entity or an individual can be the holder of record. The holder of record is not always the individual who controls the stock. This is evident when the holder of record is a minor or when there are tax considerations. Dividends and other quarterly payments due on stock certificates are payable only to the holder of record. When the holder of record is know, the security then...

    Homemade Dividend

    Homemade Dividend - Homemade Dividend is a business or corporate investment income that comes from the sale of a portion of shares of stock certificates held by the shareholder of record. This differs from dividends that shareholders and stock investors receive from a business or corporation annually. The number of the stock certificates the shareholder of record holds is verifiable. The existence of homemade dividends is the reason some financial analysts believe looking into a company or corporation dividend policy, which is no longer of importance. The stock investors desired income stream will cause a sell or trade when income...

    Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX)

    Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) - Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing Limited (HKEx) is a public trading holding company created in 2000 through the merger of The Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the Hong Kong Futures Exchange, and The Hong Kong Securities Clearing Company. The merger of the corporations, designed to increase China's competitiveness in the global market of today. The HKEx trades in stock certificates, bonds, warrants, mutual funds and equity linked instruments. To trade on the HKEx's main board, a company or corporation must have a trading record of three years in consecutive form. A corporation profit...

    Horizontal Analysis

    Definition: Horizontal analysis is an accounting term that refers to comparing one line item over multiple periods. Example:                                         2003               2004                 2005 Sales                    100%              100%                 100% COGS                   60%                30%                    25% Gross margin         40%               70%         ...

    Horizontal Market

    Horizontal Market – A horizontal market is a system with services, needs and information pertaining to numerous types of industries.  The opposite of a horizontal market is quite obviously a vertical market where consumers are able to trade within only a specific industry.  Horizontal markets are arguably most prevalent within technology and computer software companies.  A prime example of a horizontal market within the computer software arena is desktop computer graphics.  A customer within this particular market can buy or sell a multitude of graphics that specifically pertain to medical care, economics, government, or any other industry. ...

    Host Contract

    Host Contract - A Host Contract is an insurance policy contract, lease and purchase contract. Known as the other financial instrument such a debt and equity, it a combination with the embedded derivative to create a new hybrid security. It is a non-derivative instrument used in business. The policyholder directs certain insurance premium investments in the investment account that includes equities. The investment account will also include bonds. Held in a separate account that is unique from the insurer's general account assets. This is not a derivative because of the unique attributes of the traditional variable annuity contracts issued by...

    Hostile Bid

    Hostile Bid - A Hostile Bid is a takeover, taking place in several ways, a tender offer, a proxy fight, and a simple majority. A tender offer is the acquiring company making a public offer at a fixed price above current market price. A proxy fight is when a company tries to persuade shareholders. A simple majority is to replace the management team with a newly appointed management of the takeover's choice. Another method involves purchasing of enough stock on the open market, known as a creeping tender offer to effect the...

    Hot Call

    Definition: A hot call is when a stock broker or other investment professional calls one of their leads.  These are typically people who have said that they want to open an account with them prior to the phone call.  A call where the broker does not personally know the client is called a "cold call." TeenAnalyst Advice: Obviously, hot calls have a greater rate of success than cold calls.  They say for every 50 cold calls a broker places, he'll get 3 appointments.  Of those, only 1 will result in a new client.  But hot calls (and "warm calls" in which...

    Hot Issue

    Hot Issue - Hot Issue is an IPO in heavy demand. The indications are interest from the prospective purchasers. Underwriting the issues Received by the broker-dealers far exceeds the number of shares that the issuing company plans to sell. The stock issued, the share price rises above the offering price. The company issuing shares is able to increase the number it will be selling to reflect the heavy demand. It will offer shares of stock and will not dampen the enthusiasm for a very hot issue. The stock issued will show a dramatic short- term rise, before falling below the...

    Hot Stock

    Hot Stock - Hot Stock is the best penny stocks by how much they cost per share. It is not reliable to choose a penny stock based on this method. It is an issued high-risk stock certificate. There are a number of companies and corporations selling their services on penny stocks. Hot Stocks are stock certificates that are short lived. They are short lived because they are fast movers. Hot Stocks are in and out of the stock market very rapidly. Hot Stocks have wide fluctuations. Hot Stock problems amplify at a very rapid rate. A price surge can occur...

    Human Capital

    Human Capital – Human capital is the cumulative added value of a company’s employee in their assigned profession.  The term was first coined by Adam Smith, a Scottish economist in the 1700s, who defined the four most important types of fixed capital as buildings, land, machinery and humans.  The usefulness of an individual is calculated by their knowledge base and skills obtained while working, learning and training at their employment.  The ultimate goal is that through education and experience, an employee will excel at his or her job and be able to provide an additional boost to a company in...

    Hybrid Fund

    Definition: These are sometimes referred to as "balanced funds".  They're mutual funds that invest in a mix of stocks and bonds (typically 60% stock, 40% bond).  They give investors a single option for achieving diversification. TeenAnalyst Advice: Hybrid funds are great for investors who are looking for a single ...

    Hybrid Security

    Hybrid Security - Hybrid Security is the combination of more than two variables of different financial instruments. Hybrid Security is a combination with debt characteristics and equity characteristics. The example that is most common with hybrid security is a bond that is convertible. The bond has unique features of an ordinary bond, but it is volatile and influenced by the movement price of the stock certificate. Hybrid securities are a new introduction to meet the needs of the savvy stock investor. Some hybrid securities are so complicated that to define them in the traditional sense is to define them as...

    Hyperinflation

    Definition: Hyperinflation is extremely rapid inflation.  During hyperinflation, the cost of goods rise at an extraordinary rate. TeenAnalyst Advice: Hyperinflation usually occurs in small, third world countries with less currency stability.  In the United States, our average inflation rate is about...

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    Definition: A ratio that measures a company's ability to meet its current liabilities with its liquid assets. TeenAnalyst Advice: It's important that a company be able to pay their debts and other ...

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