Holdings of stock, bonds and other investments by individual investors, banks, insurance companies and brokerages.
Shares of stock that entitle owner to a fixed dividend amount. Dividend must be paid by the company before common stock owners get paid. Shareholders usually do not have voting rights.
Price Earnings Ratio
Ratio between the market price of a stock and the profits per share over the last year.
Document issued to possible buyers of a stocks and bonds outlining the financial condition of the company issuing those securities. Required by the SEC.
An economic slowdown of the economy which results in rising unemployment, increased business failures, declining economic growth and higher personal bankruptcies.
Securities and Exchange Commission
US government agency which oversees the operations of the stock markets which trade stocks, bonds, and other types of securities.