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Financial services

Related to any service provided by the finance industry, which encompasses a broad range of organisations that deal with the management of money.

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Financial services; Finance

The part of a company's after-tax earnings that is distributed to the shareholders. The board of directors of the company recommends how much dividend should be paid out at its ...

future value

Financial services; Finance

The expected value of a payment (or series of payments) at a set date in the future, once it has been invested at a specific rate of interest until that date.


Financial services; Finance

A bond is a legal contract in which a government, company or institution (the borrower) issues an IOU certificate, which promises to pay holders a specific rate of interest for a ...

opportunity cost

Financial services; Finance

The cost of using a resource, i.e. its actual cost plus the profit forgone by not putting it to another use.

cash flow

Financial services; Finance

A revenue or expense stream that changes a cash account over a given period. Cash inflows usually arise from one of three activities - financing, operations or investing - ...

break even point

Financial services; Finance

The level at which an existing trading position in a market will produce neither a loss nor a gain. In company reporting terms the break-even point is where total sales exactly ...

capital gain

Financial services; Finance

Profit from selling or transferring assets at a higher price than their initial cost. Inflation and currency movements can affect the real capital gain.