FINANCE GLOSSARY

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Abnormal return (excess return): Difference between the actual returns on an investment and the expected return on that investment, given market returns and investment's risk..Accelerated depreciation: A depreciation method where more of the asset is written off in earlier years and less in later years, over its lifetime, to reflect the aging of the asset.

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GlossaryAbnormal return (excess return): Difference between the actual returns on an investment and the expected return on that investment, given market returns and investment's risk..Accelerated depreciation: A depreciation method where more of the asset is written off in earlier years and less in later years, over its lifetime, to reflect the aging of the asset.Accounting beta: Beta estimated using accounting earnings for a firm and accounting earnings for the market, rather than stock prices.Accrual accounting: Accounting approach, where the revenue from selling a good or service is recognized in the period in which the good is sold or the service is performed (in whole or substantially). A corresponding effort is made on the expense side to match expenses to revenues.Acquisition premium: Difference between the price paid to acquire a firm and the market price prior to the acquisition.Acquisition price: Price that will be paid by an acquiring firm for each of the target firms shares.Adjustable rate preferred stock: Preferred stock where the preferred dividend rate is pegged to an external index, such as the treasury bond rate.A type of preferred stock where the dividends issued will vary with a benchmark, most often a T-bill rate.Agency costs: Costs arising from conflicts of interest between two stakeholders; examples would be managers & stockholders as well as stockholders & bondholders.Allocation: Process of distributing a cost that cannot be directly traced

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