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Empire Building

Empire building is the act of attempting to increase the size and scope of an individual or organization’s power and influence. In the corporate world, this is seen at the intra-company level when managers or executives are more concerned with read more

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Green Chip Stocks

Green chip stocks are shares of companies whose primary business is beneficial to the environment. Green chip stocks are likely to be concentrated in areas such as alternative energy, pollution control, carbon abatement and recycling. While the term read more

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Stock Keeping Unit (SKU)

A stock-keeping unit (SKU) is a scannable bar code, most often seen printed on product labels in a retail store. The label allows vendors to automatically track the movement of inventory. The SKU is composed of an alphanumeric combination of eight-or-so read more

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Savings Accounts

A savings account is an interest-bearing deposit account held at a bank or other financial institution. Though these accounts typically pay a modest interest rate, their safety and reliability make them a great option for parking cash you want available read more

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Compound Interest

Compound interest (or compounding interest) is interest calculated on the initial principal, which also includes all of the accumulated interest from previous periods on a deposit or loan. Thought to have originated in 17th century Italy, compound read more

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Pork Barrel Politics

Pork-barrel politics is the legislator’s practice of slipping funding for a local project into a budget. The project may have nothing to do with the bill and may benefit only the legislator’s home district. Before a bill gets to a vote, read more

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United Nations Global Compact

The United Nations Global Compact is a strategic initiative that supports global companies that are committed to responsible business practices in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment, and corruption. This UN-led initiative promotes activities read more

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Disequilibrium

Disequilibrium is a situation where internal and/or external forces prevent market equilibrium from being reached or cause the market to fall out of balance. This can be a short-term byproduct of a change in variable factors or a result of long-term read more

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Rehypothecation

Rehypothecation is a practice whereby banks and brokers use, for their own purposes, assets that have been posted as collateral by their clients. Clients who permit rehypothecation of their collateral may be compensated either through a lower cost read more

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After-Hours Trading

After-hours trading starts at 4 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time after the major U.S. stock exchanges close. The after-hours trading session can run as late as 8 p.m., though volume typically thins out much earlier in the session. Trading in the after-hours read more