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The Short Answer

Decoding More Investing Jargon

Readers have questions about these financial terms; we supply answers.


One of the fascinating things about investing is that, at times, it seems to have a language all its own. To the uninitiated, reading the financial press--and, in some cases, this website--can feel like reading a version of English from an alternate universe--the words are familiar, but the meaning is anything but clear.

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