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    WACC (Weighted Average Cost of Capital)

    Definition: The weighted average cost of capital is the cost associated with a firm's capital structure.  It's characterized by the following equation: WACC = (E/V * Re) + (D/V * Rd)(1 - t) E = Market value of the firm's equity D = Market value of the firm's debt V = Market value...

    Wall Street

    Definition: The place in lower Manhattan where the New York Stock Exchange is located.  It's the center of the investment world in the US. TeenAnalyst Advice: Wall Street is where everything happens.  It's where all the big investment banks (Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, etc.) are headquartered. It got its name because New York...

    Wall Street Journal

    Wall Street Journal - It is the largest-circulation newspaper only topped by USA Today, competing with Financial Times (London). Its main topics and subject matter includes and involves U.S. and international business and financial news and issues. The name Wall Street, is inspired by the NYC financial district. Founded back in July 8, 1889, by Charles Dow, Edward Jones, and Charles Bergstresser. It is the mouthpiece and voice of the economic, financial and investment analysts, financiers, bankers and the general public when it comes to economics and business. The Pulitzer Prize has been won thirty-three times by this newspaper.The Wall...

    Warrant

    Definition: A derivative that gives the buyer a right to buy share of stock at a certain price at a certain time. TeenAnalyst Advice: The two major differences between warrants and options are that warrants typically have later strike dates and are issued by the company. ...

    Warren Buffett

    Definition: The most successful investor of all time.  He's currently the 2nd richest person in the world with $30+ billion. TeenAnalyst Advice: Warren Buffett is the most idolized investor ever.  He's often referred to as the "Oracle of Omaha" because he lives in a modest home in Omaha, Nebraska but has a magical touch when it...

    Wash Sale

    Wash Sale - A Wash Sale is stock, approved by the Federal Reserve and an investment broker to serve as collateral for margin debt. A margin debt is achieved when someone is buying stock with borrowed money. They are put in separate accounts; so called margin accounts and it is an effective way for a broker to reduce financing charges. The criteria to use securities for margin debts are usually strict. The Federal Reserve has a set of standards for this kind of stock accounts. Brokers often use standards that are...

    Wasting Asset

    Wasting Asset - A wasting asset is an asset that has a limited lifetime. It decreases in value when time disappears. Options are a good example of a wasting asset - people choose to take options for a limited time to a set amount in order to change them for securities. When the time limit is reached and the options are not changed into stock, they lose their value. Companies often offer options to stock to their employees in order to let them invest in the company they work for....

    Watch List

    Watch List There are always people who are trying to take advantage of the market and pull a fast one on people who are trying to honestly invest their money. Because of this, a watch list is necessary to keep an eye on securities that might be violating the rules. There is a list of securities that are being watched by a brokerage or exchange in order to make sure that nothing is being done wrong by these securities. If any violations are reports, there are very strict penalties that will be enforced...

    Watered Stock

    Watered Stock - A watered stock is a stock that represents (partial) ownership of a company, but the worth of that moment is less than the capital that was invested in the first place. The term watered stock is often used to refer to a form of securities fraud. Holders of a watered stock are, when the company is closed by the creditors of the company, personally liable for the value that has ?disappeared?. To prevent such a liability corporate lawyers advise their clients to purchase low par...

    Weekend Effect

    Weekend Effect - The weekend effect is a theory, which predicts that the stock markets will not open lower on Monday compared to the closing rates on the Friday before. Often companies wait until the stock markets are closed to reveal positive or negative news. Their hope is that the company results will not have a bad effect on the stock listings, and releasing news after closing of the Stock Exchange in every way will prevent that for the weekend. Usually news of companies in general will have a milder effect on the opening rates on Monday, this way...

    Whisper Number

    Definition: An unofficial earnings number that stock analysts on Wall Street are looking for when a company releases its earnings. TeenAnalyst Advice: Whisper numbers are absolute crap.  It's mere speculation.  Basically, an analyst reports an official earnings estimate number.  But sometimes they believe a company should beat that number. For example, let's say a company...

    Whistle Blower

    Whistle Blower - A whistleblower shares, exposes and comes forward with information (typically withheld and shocking), alleging some form of misconduct. A type of informant. Whether it surrounds reporting a swept-under-the-rug type problem or violation, improper conduct. There is protection offered for those who have the courage to step out and come forward under what is termed The Whistleblowers Protection Act 2001. Unsafe, unlawful disclosures are made (companies, employers, police, politicians, activists, government) Insiders who expose wrongdoing, illegal activities, going public with the information, hoping to stop it from happening any more or again. These people or groups are protected...

    Wholly-Owned Subsidiary

    Wholly-Owned Subsidiary - Various compelling reasons, including location, financial and regulatory factors, companies allow and circumstance necessitates, this more autonomous operation and structure, subsidizing and supervising hierarchy, chain of command. Brand recognition and reputability form more reasons to consider it. Entry into a new target market or sector can be done more effectively, minimizing risks, while still diversifying, providing more stability. Total equity ownership is complete held by one, another, overseeing entity, someone/something else (another corporation), where 100% of the common stock stays with the so-called parent company. Controlled and owned by the overseeing corporate interest, the body corporate, other...

    Widow-and-orphan stock

    Widow-and-orphan stock - This is a stock that has been invested in very safe companies. They often pay out a large dividend and owners of this kind of stocks usually do not sell them very fast. The name widow-and-orphan stock implies that the owner of the stock is often survived by his widow, and in this way he could provide her with a steady income, even after his passing. It is a kind of financial security when someone has a stock like this, and if the companies will do well, it would stay...

    Wildcat Strike

    Wildcat Strike - A wildcat strike action, is a (illegal) strike action taken by labourers, employers, staff or workers without the authorization of their trade union officials. This is sometimes termed unofficial industrial action,  a key fighting strategy to strong-arm negotiations or force deals. Employers may fire workers participating in them. It is an unauthorized work stoppage with a legal contract in place and still valid. An example would be unions re-negotiating for benefits and/or wage increases. When not authorized by the union, it is illegal technically speaking. For participation employees might/can face termination, offering no legal protection. Work slow-downs,...

    Win-Win

    Win-Win - This is also referred to as non-zero-sum game. A win-win transaction, scenario or outcome is always deliberately put together in such a unique way that all participants can profit and benefit from it in some way. A conflict resolution type process or deal that could aim to accommodate all, regardless of their point of view, stake et al....

    Window-dressing

    Window-dressing This term has two different definitions, with each of them being a deceptive way that individuals are tricked into purchasing a stock. The first definition is when a mutual fund sells all of its weaker stocks in order to give the impression that it is doing better than it actually is. It makes these results public in order to attract new investors, who might be unaware of the fund's past struggles. The second definition is when an accountant manipulated the company's income statements into appearing better than they actually should be which, again, is a method of attracting new...

    Wire House

    Wire House -  Dealing with financial information and transaction, a wire house is a company with different branches and systems, that helps with sharing information and transfers.  All analyst research and prices are handy and available. Private wiring services, brokerage services are in-house, between head office and other units, as well as third party brokerages. “wired’ in this sense means connected and sharing information (sensitive personal and financial information). House refers to the company itself. Availability, access, technology, AAA rating, accurate, relevant, real-time buying/selling of stocks, on-demand when and where you need it, instantly, even online. Stock markets, banks, brokerage...

    Withdrawal Plan

    Withdrawal Plan In this scenario, an investor will receive a fixed payment periodically, which is very similar to a living allowance. This is usually used when an investor has retired so that the individual can have the equivalent of a paycheck still coming in, which makes managing one's finances much easier. This is also used for things like a child's education, as the money can be taken out whenever a new semester's payments are due, but cannot be withdrawn at any other time. This is done in order to make sure that the money is used for its intended purpose...

    Withholding

    Definition: The amount withheld from a paycheck or investment account in order to pay a tax liability. Advice: Federal and social security taxes are withheld from paychecks and placed into tax and loan accounts with banks.  This money is then ...

    Work Order

    Work Order -  A work order  or WO, can be defined as a received order internally or externally, for products, services, within/by the organization. Approval by all gives the go-ahead for execution of same. It is typically in writing, under-signed by the owner or representative, providing the necessary authorization to proceed and lay-out, allocate the resources to perform a task, spend the money, get the job done.  Resource-based and deliverable-based transactions, with basic terms and conditions for hiring a specific service provider, completed and put into being. Details pertaining to goods, services, products are included. Things like units, size, shape...

    Workout Market

    Workout market - Market makers predict for a given security a reasonable price to buy or sell stock for a given time. Of course these predictions may vary due to market conditions. The price given sometimes is not available to trading, but usually a well calculated price range is predicted....

    World Fund

    World Fund When a mutual fund decides to invest in stocks and bonds that are located all over the world, it is a world fund. This is a little different from an international fund because these stocks and bonds can still be located within the United States. These funds provide excellent opportunities for diversification because there are so many different regions and sectors that can be invested in. With that being said, unstable currencies and political situations in other countries can make this a very risky proposition at times. If another country's...

    Wrap Account

    Wrap Account Most investors will require a money manager to handle various aspects of this industry and then a brokerage is able to locate a money manager for the investor in exchange for a fee, the account becomes a wrap account. With a flat rate or a quarterly or annual fee, the account will take care of the administrative details and any management expenses that might arise. This is the best type of account for serious investors because it includes everything that is needed in order to stay on top of things throughout...

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    Definition of the Day Attribute Bias

    Attribute Bias - An attribute bias is the tendency of a valuation model that attempts to estimate the present value of all future payments from dividends to that of preferred stocks, which have alike characteristics and might include high dividend returns, high book values, lower P/E ratios, and other similar...

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