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What is the Russell 2000 Index?

What is the Russell 2000 Index?

The Russell 2000 index is comprised of the 2,000 smallest companies in the U.S. It's a good small cap domestic benchmark
What is the S&P 500?

What is the S&P 500?

The S&P 500 (also known as the Standard & Poor's 500) is an index of the 500 largest and most important U.S. companies
What is the Dow Jones Industrial Average?

What is the Dow Jones Industrial Average?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is an index comprised of 30 'significant' U.S. stocks, typically the biggest
What is the NASDAQ?

What is the NASDAQ?

The NASDAQ is an electronic marketplace for trading stocks, and is also used to track major Technology stocks
What is the Wilshire 5000 Index?

What is the Wilshire 5000 Index?

The Wilshire 5000 is a cap-weighted index and it can be considered the broadest index of all U.S. equity markets
What is the Russell 1000?

What is the Russell 1000?

The Russell 1000 comprises over 90% of the total market capitalization of U.S. stocks, and is the go-to benchmark
What is the Nikkei 225?

What is the Nikkei 225?

The “Nikkei” 225 is the most referenced index for measuring Japanese stocks. It is to Japan what the DIJA is to the U.S.
What is the Shanghai Composite Index?

What is the Shanghai Composite Index?

The “Shanghai” is an index measuring all shares that are traded on the Shanghai Stock Exchange (China)
What is the Hang Seng Index?

What is the Hang Seng Index?

The Hang Seng Index (HSI) is comprised of the 50 biggest stocks traded on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange
What is the FTSE 100?

What is the FTSE 100?

The FTSE 100 Index tracks the performance of the largest 100 stocks by market cap traded on the London Stock Exchange
What is the EURO STOXX 50?

What is the EURO STOXX 50?

The EURO STOXX 50 is an index designed to give a broad representation of stock performance across the euro zone
What is the MSCI World?

What is the MSCI World?

The MSCI World is perhaps the most well regarded index for global stocks. The index is maintained by Morgan Stanley
What is the MSCI ACWI Index?

What is the MSCI ACWI Index?

The MSCI ACWI is the “All Country World Index” - providing the broadest measure for global stocks
What is the CAC 40 Index?

What is the CAC 40 Index?

The CAC 40 is an index that tracks the 40 largest cap stocks of the 100 listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange

What is the DAX?

The DAX is an index that tracks the 30 largest cap stocks that trade on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in Germany
What is the LIBOR?

What is the LIBOR?

The LIBOR is the benchmark interest rate that the world’s leading banks pay each other for short-term loans
What Does M&A Mean?

What Does M&A Mean?

M&A stands for Mergers and Acquisitions, and refers to the consolidation of companies or assets for strategic purposes
What is NASD?

What is NASD?

The NASD stands for the National Association of Securities Dealers. In 2007, the NASD merged with the NYSE to form FINRA
What is a REPO?

What is a REPO?

REPO is shorthand for Repurchase Agreement. It is a money-market practice to buy/sell government securities overnight
What is the SEC?

What is the SEC?

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is a govt. agency which polices the practices of the securities industry
What is SIBOR?

What is SIBOR?

SIBOR is the primary interbank loan rate quoted in the Asian markets. SIBOR stands for Singapore Interbank Offered Rate
What are SPDRs?

What are SPDRs?

SPDRs (Spiders) are index ETF shares that track the S&P 500, or could refer to other similar ETFs tracking other indices
What is a Swap?

What is a Swap?

A swap is an over-the-counter agreement between institutions to "swap" one thing for another, usually cash flow
What are TIPS?

What are TIPS?

Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) are coupon-paying treasuries issued by the US Government with inflation
What is the VIX?

What is the VIX?

VIX is the ticker of the volatility index of the S&P 500. It serves as a gauge of market sentiment (a.k.a. “fear gauge”)
What is AARP?

What is AARP?

One of the largest and most influential groups in the country is the American Association of Retired Persons, or AARP
What is an ABA Routing Transit Number?

What is an ABA Routing Transit Number?

Most people recognize this as a “routing number.” The American Bankers Association (ABA) assigns a number to each bank
What is the CME?

What is the CME?

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange, now known as the CME group, is the largest derivatives exchange in the world