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Eurocurrency Market

The eurocurrency market is the money market for currency outside of the country where it is legal tender. The eurocurrency market is utilized by banks, multinational corporations, mutual funds, and hedge funds. They wish to circumvent regulatory requirements, read more

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Cost-Push Inflation

Cost-push inflation occurs when overall prices increase (inflation) due to increases in the cost of wages and raw materials. Higher costs of production can decrease the aggregate supply (the amount of total production) in the economy. Since the demand read more

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Upstream

Upstream is a term for the operations stages in the oil and gas industry that involve exploration and production. Oil and gas companies can generally be divided into three segments: upstream, midstream, and downstream. Upstream firms deal primarily read more

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Trillion Cubic Feet (Tcf)

The term trillion cubic feet refers to a volume measurement of natural gas used by the U.S. oil and gas industry. The measurement is usually abbreviated as Tcf. A cubic foot is a nonmetric measurement of volume also used in the U.S. A trillion—written read more

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Sum of Squares

Sum of squares is a statistical technique used in regression analysis to determine the dispersion of data points. In a regression analysis, the goal is to determine how well a data series can be fitted to a function that might help to explain how the read more

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Impairment

In accounting, impairment describes a permanent reduction in the value of a company’s asset, typically a fixed asset or an intangible asset. When testing an asset for impairment, the total profit, cash flow, or other benefit expected to be generated read more

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Buyer’s Market

A buyer’s market refers to a situation in which supply exceeds demand, giving purchasers an advantage over sellers in price negotiations.

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Commercial

The term commercial relates to commerce or general business activity. In the investment field, the term commercial is used to refer to a trading entity engaged in business activities that are hedged by positions in the futures or options markets.

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Investment Banking

Investment banking is a specific division of banking related to the creation of capital for other companies, governments and other entities. Investment banks underwrite new debt and equity securities for all types of corporations, aid in the sale read more

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House Price Index (HPI)

The House Price Index (HPI) is a broad measure of the movement of single-family house prices in the United States. Aside from serving as an indicator of house price trends, it also functions as an analytical tool for estimating changes in the rates read more