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Glossary of Terms

rate of return

the annual income earned on an investment, in relation to the total amount invested, expressed as a percentage.

real interest rate

the nominal interest rate minus the current rate of inflation.

real return

rate of return that is inflation-adjusted.

receiver

the person appointed, when a company is in receivership, to take charge of the affairs of a company until its debts are paid.

receivership

a form of bankruptcy where a company has had a receiver appointed to administer it and can avoid liquidation by reorganizing the company’s activities.

recession

a significant decline in the general economy of a nation. sometimes measured by a decline over two consecutive quarters in a nation's gdp. not of the same severity or duration as a depression.

reflation

the intentional reversal of deflated prices to a desirable level through a monetary action by a government. at such times additional money is printed, adding to the supply of money in circulation.

resistance

a price level where a security's price stops rising and moves sideways or down. it indicates an abundance of supply. because of this, the stock may have difficulty rising above this level. there are short term and longer term resistance levels. opposite of support.

return on assets

the net earnings of a company divided by its assets.

return on equity

the net earnings of a company divided by its equity.

rights issue

an offering of common stock made to a holder of an existing security which entitles them to purchase new issues by the same company at a discount to the existing market.

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