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Invisible hand

Term used by Adam Smith to describe the natural force that guides free market 

Capitalism

 through 

Competition

 for scarce resources. According to Adam Smith, in a 

Free market

 each participant will try to maximize self-interest, and the interaction of 

Market

 participants, leading to 

Exchange

 of goods and services, enables each participant to be better of than when simply producing for himself/herself. He further said that in a free market, no regulation of any 

Type

 would be needed to ensure that the mutually beneficial 

Exchange

 of goods and services took place, since this "invisible hand" would guide 

Market

 participants to 

Trade

 in the most mutually beneficial manner.



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10-K

,

1035 exchange

,

Allowance for depreciation

,

ACH

,

Above par

,

Accrual of discount

,

Accrued interest

,

Accrued market discount

,

American Stock Exchange

,

Amortization of premium

,

At par

,

All or any part

,

At best

,

At call

,

All-risks coverage

,

At risk

,

Add-on service

,

Abstract of title

,

Action to quiet title

,

As is

,

Assignment to creditors

,

Attorney in fact

,

Amortization term

,

Assignment of mortgage

,

A shares

,

At the money

,

Active participant

,

Across the board

,

Action

,

Additional paid-in capital

,

Ad valorem

,

Active market

,

Against the box

,

At the bell

,

At the close

,

At the figure

,

At the full

,

At the market

,

At the opening order

,

Auction market

,

Automated Pricing and Reporting System

,

Away from the market

,

Below the line

,

Books of final entry

,

Books of original entry

,

Banking Act of 1933

,

Below par

,

Benchmark interest rate

,

Bid-to-cover ratio

,

Block trade

,

Bond market

,

Bureau of Public Debt

,

Brought over the wall

,

Buying on margin

,

Buy on close

,

Buy on opening

,

Buy the book

,

Balance of payments

,

Base interest rate

,

Bear market

,

Board of Governors

,

Bulldog market

,

Beneficial owner

,

Breaking the syndicate

,

Bill of exchange

,

Bill of sale

,

Breach of trust

,

By the book

,

Bank term loan

,

B shares

,

Buy and write

,

Breadth-of-market theory

,

Beat the gun

,

Bull market

,

Capital

,

Capital appreciation

,

Capital asset

,

Capital efficiency

,

Capital expenditure

,

Capital growth

,

Capital investment

,

Capitalized interest

,

Capital liability

,

Capital loss

,

Capital resource

,

Cost Of Goods Sold

,

Cost of sales

,

Compound interest

,

Cap

,

Capital market

,

Capital structure

,

Certificate of Participation

,

Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures

,

Current market value

,

Code of procedure

,

Crossed trade

,

Chicago Mercantile Exchange

,

Capitalization of income

,

Cap rate

,

Capital account

,

Capital consumption allowance

,

Capital formation

,

Capitalism

,

Competition

,

Cost of Living Adjustment

,

Cost-of-living index

,

Council of Economic Advisers

,

Car

,

Cash and carry trade

,

Cash market

,

Chasing the market

,

Cheapest to deliver

,

Chicago Board of Trade

,

Commodities Exchange Act

,

Commodities Exchange Center

,

Commodity Exchange

,

Contract market

,

Convertible term insurance

,

Cost-of-living rider

,

Capital budget

,

Capital gains distribution

,

Certificate of stock

,

Chicago Board Options Exchange

,

Corporate action

,

Cost of carry

,

Certificate of title

,

Class action suit

,

Contract for deed

,

Cancellation of debt

,

Certificate of Claim

,

Consumer interest

,

Cost of debt capital

,

Cost of funds

,

Capital appreciation fund

,

C shares

,

Class of options

,

Close to the money

,

Certificate of Occupancy

,

Cloud on title

,

Cash or Deferred Arrangement

,

Capital Asset Pricing Model

,

Capital commitment

,

Choice market

,

Class A Shares

,

Class B Shares

,

Contributed capital

,

Crash of 1929

,

Crash of 1987

,

Capital gains tax

,

Capital loss carryover

,

Child and dependent care credit

,

Coefficient of determination

,

Cup and handle

,

Certificate of delivery

,

Close a position

,

Close market

,

Continuous market

,

Cornering the market

,

Curbs in

,

Corporate venture capital

,

Debt service coverage

,

Deposit in transit

,

Date of issue

,

Date of payment

,

Dealer market

,

Debt capital

,

Debt market

,

Deferred interest bond

,

Division of Enforcement

,

Division of Investment Management

,

Division of Market Regulation

,

Date of record

,

Dividend in arrears

,

Desk (the)

,

Division of labor

,

Durable goods orders

,

Decreasing term life

,

De-escalation clause

,

De facto

,

Durable Power of Attorney

,

Date of maturity

,

Debtor in possession

,

Debtor-in-possession financing

,

Debt service

,

Deed of Release

,

Deed of Trust

,

Discharge of bankruptcy

,

Discharge of lien

,

Due-on-sale clause

,

Deep in the money

,

Deep out of the money

,

Deed of Surrender

,

Department of Housing and Urban Development

,

Dogs of the Dow

,

Daylight trade

,

Day trade

,

Deep market

,

Depth of market

,

Double auction market

,

Effective annual interest rate

,

Eurodollar certificate of deposit

,

Exact interest

,

Escrowed to maturity

,

Exchange

,

Ex-legal

,

External market

,

Either-or order

,

Exchange seat

,

Exchange rate

,

Effective par

,

Edge Act

,

E-mini

,

Exchange against actuals

,

Exchange for futures

,

Exchange for physical

,

Exchange of spot

,

Exchange versus cash

,

Ex-pit transaction

,

Emerging market

,

Ex-all

,

Exchange ratio

,

Explicit interest

,

Exchange fund

,

Exchange privilege

,

Exchange-traded option

,

Ex-warrants

,

Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974

,

Equity capital

,

Ex-rights

,

Ex-rights date

,

Exchange distribution

,

Financial capital

,

First In First Out

,

Federal Savings and Loan Association

,

Flight to quality

,

Flow of funds

,

Free bond

,

Fill or kill

,

Free riding

,

Front-ending an order

,

Full-service brokerage

,

Floating exchange rate

,

Foreign exchange

,

Foreign exchange rate

,

Forward exchange rate

,

Forward P/E

,

Factors of production

,

Favorable balance of trade

,

Federal Trade Commission

,

Free enterprise

,

Free market

,

Free market price

,

Free trade

,

Fee-for-service

,

Fair market value

,

Form 8-K

,

Form S-1

,

Friends and family offering

,

Fair Credit Reporting Act

,

Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

,

Forward interest rate

,

Full faith and credit

,

Family of funds

,

Fund of funds

,

Free and clear

,

Federal Insurance Contributions Act

,

Free float

,

Free right of exchange

,

Federal ID Number

,

Forward trade

,

Fourth market

,

Free delivery

,

Ginnie Mae pass-through

,

Good delivery

,

Glass-Steagall Act

,

Good Til Canceled

,

G-7

,

General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade

,

G-8

,

Good faith

,

Growth and income fund

,

Good title

,

Gather in the stops

,

Graveyard market

,

Hart-Scott-Rodino Act of 1976

,

Hit the bid

,

House of issue

,

Hang Seng Index

,

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

,

Holder in due course

,

Hang out loan

,

Home equity line of credit

,

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act

,

Housing Market Index

,

Head and shoulders

,

Hammering the market

,

Held at the opening

,

Holding the market

,

Interest-bearing

,

In escrow

,

Interest rate collar

,

Interest rate risk

,

Interest rate swap

,

Intermediate-term

,

Invested capital

,

In-house

,

Investment Advisor Act of 1940

,

Investment Company Act of 1940

,

In line

,

Inefficient market

,

Invisible hand

,

Interest rate futures

,

Intermediate goods

,

Inverted market

,

Internal market

,

International trade

,

Insurable interest

,

Inside market

,

Insider Trading sanctions Act of 1984

,

Interest

,

Interest expense

,

Internal Rate of Return

,

Indication of interest

,

Inc.

,

In intestacy

,

Inter vivos trust

,

Imputed interest

,

Interest deduction

,

Interest-only loan

,

Interest rate

,

Interest rate cap

,

Interest rate ceiling

,

Interest rate floor

,

In play

,

In-process research and development

,

Interest rate option

,

I/O strip

,

Inchoate interest

,

Interest-only strip

,

In-service withdrawal

,

Imbalance of orders

,

Imperfect market

,

In and out

,

In sympathy

,

In the tank

,

Invisible venture capital

,

Jointly and severally

,

Jumping the gun

,

Joint will

,

Joint and several liability

,

Joint and survivor annuity

,

Last In First Out

,

Lender of last resort

,

Law of one price

,

Long-term

,

Lead manager

,

Lead underwriter

,

Lending at a rate

,

Limit-on-close order

,

Long Market Value

,

Look-through earnings

,

Labor force

,

Law of demand

,

Law of supply

,

Leading indicator

,

London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange

,

London Inter-Bank Offer Rate

,

Level term insurance

,

Long-term care insurance

,

Long-term debt

,

Long-Term Equity Anticipation Securities

,

Letter of comment

,

Living will

,

Lifetime cap

,

Line of credit

,

Loan-to-cost

,

Loan-to-value

,

Lock-in

,

Long-term mortgage

,

Long-term lease

,

Large cap

,

Leading the market

,

Like-kind exchange

,

Locked in

,

Long-term gain or loss

,

Level I quotes

,

Liquid market

,

Locked market

,

Mutual association

,

Mutual company

,

Mutual Savings Bank

,

Market basket

,

Market capitalization

,

Market conversion price

,

Medium-term

,

Medium-term bond

,

Mortgage pass-through security

,

Make a market

,

Market if touched order

,

Market letter

,

Market maker

,

Market maker spread

,

Market on close order

,

Market order

,

Mark-to-market

,

Multiple Listing Service

,

Medium of exchange

,

Marginal propensity to consume

,

Market economy

,

Most distant month

,

Market rate

,

Modified pass-through

,

Money at call

,

Mortgage interest deduction

,

Mutual fund

,

Mutual fund custodian

,

Mutual fund symbol

,

Market cap

,

Medium-cap

,

Micro cap

,

Mid cap

,

Market neutral

,

Market portfolio

,

Market timer

,

Market timing

,

Mutual exclusion doctrine

,

Mutual improvement certificate

,

Market analysis

,

Market

,

Market inefficiency

,

Market opening

,

Market return

,

Market-share weighted index

,

Market surveillance

,

Market-value weighted index

,

Market Volatility Index

,

Mixed market

,

Most active

,

Net interest margin

,

Negotiable certificate of deposit

,

Negotiable Order of Withdrawal

,

National Market System

,

New York Stock Exchange

,

Non-interest-bearing note

,

Notice of Sale

,

NASD Regulation

,

National Association of Securities Dealers

,

National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations system

,

National Securities Trade Association

,

Net capital ratio

,

No limit order

,

No quote

,

New York Futures Exchange

,

Normal market

,

No-Fault

,

No-Action Letter

,

Null and void

,

No-lien affidavit

,

Notice of Default

,

No-load

,

National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts

,

Nasdaq Small Cap Market

,

No-load stock

,

Nominal capital

,

Narrow market

,

National Market Advisory Board

,

Negotiated market

,

Net change

,

No book

,

NVI

,

Off the books

,

Other long term liabilities

,

Office of Thrift Supervision

,

Ordinary interest

,

Out-of-favor

,

Over-the-Counter

,

On-floor order

,

On margin

,

Or better

,

Open market operation

,

Open interest

,

Opinion of title

,

On account

,

On-the-spot loan

,

Out of the money

,

Old age, survivors, and disability insurance

,

On-balance volume

,

On close

,

One man picture

,

On open

,

On the opening

,

Open market

,

Open trade equity

,

Operationally efficient market

,

Option exchange

,

Outside market

,

Permanent capital

,

Pooling of interests

,

Profit and loss statement

,

Pro forma

,

Par bond

,

Pass-through

,

Pass-through coupon rate

,

Payment-in-kind security

,

Price Value of a Basis Point

,

Private sector pass-through

,

Payment for order flow

,

P&L

,

Provision for income taxes

,

Public goods

,

Physical market

,

Primary market

,

Pour-over will

,

Power of Attorney

,

Personal interest

,

Prepaid interest

,

Prioritization of debt

,

Private Market Value

,

Pairs trade

,

Prudent Expert Act

,

Paid-in capital

,

Paid-in surplus

,

Percent held by institutions

,

Private Investment in Public Equity

,

Perfect capital market

,

Preservation of capital

,

Point-and-figure chart

,

Painting the tape

,

Perfect competition

,

Primary exchange

,

Reports and Records

,

Return of capital

,

Return on Capital

,

Return on Invested Capital

,

Return on Total Assets

,

Real interest rate

,

Regulation Q

,

Rating service

,

Reading the tape

,

Real-time trade reporting

,

Regulation D

,

Regulation G

,

Regulation T

,

Regulation U

,

Round of funding

,

Rules of Fair Practice

,

Rate of exchange

,

Reciprocal of European terms

,

Regulation A

,

Right of first refusal

,

Right of rescission

,

Right to Know

,

Regulation Z

,

Revolving line of credit

,

Right of recourse

,

Rule of 78

,

Right of redemption

,

Retirement Equity Act of 1984

,

Regulation FD

,

Risk/return trade-off

,

Return on Capital Employed

,

Rate of return

,

Real rate of return

,

Regional exchange

,

Risk capital

,

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

,

SG&A

,

Savings and Loan

,

Short-term reserves

,

Sight letter of credit

,

Simple interest

,

S&L

,

Secondary market

,

Securities and Exchange Commission

,

Self-supporting bond

,

Series EE bond

,

Short-term

,

Segregation of securities

,

Sell the book

,

Standard of living

,

Spot market

,

Second-to-die insurance

,

Self insurance

,

Short interest

,

Short interest ratio

,

Stock exchange

,

Stock market

,

Statute of Limitations

,

Sale and leaseback

,

Satisfaction of debt

,

Secondary mortgage market

,

Security interest

,

Self-amortizing mortgage

,

Staggered board of directors

,

Selling the spread

,

Short market value

,

Special use property

,

Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees

,

Self-directed retirement account

,

Self-employed pension

,

Small cap

,

Selling short against the box

,

Shorting against the box

,

Swing trade

,

S Corporation

,

Self-employed

,

Self-employment tax

,

Short-term gain or loss

,

Sin tax

,

Subchapter M

,

Subchapter S Corporation

,

Schedule C

,

Securities Act of 1933

,

Securities Acts Amendments of 1975

,

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

,

Seek a market

,

Specialist market

,

S&P phenomenon

,

Stop and reverse

,

Seed capital

,

Times interest earned

,

Term CD

,

T-Bill

,

Term

,

Term bond

,

Term to maturity

,

Trade

,

Take a position

,

Two-sided market

,

Two-way market

,

Trailing P/E

,

Trade barrier

,

Trade deficit

,

Trade surplus

,

Trade house

,

Term insurance

,

Tenancy by the entirety

,

Term deposit

,

Term loan

,

Truth in Lending

,

Tax-free bond fund

,

Term trust

,

Type

,

Tenancy at will

,

Top hat plan

,

The Street

,

Timing the market

,

Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997

,

Tax Reform Act of 1986

,

Tax Reform Act of 1993

,

Take a bath

,

Term repo

,

Thin market

,

Third market

,

Tight market

,

Trade date

,

Transparent market

,

Term sheet

,

U.S. Government Agency Security

,

U.S. Savings Bond

,

U.S. Treasury

,

U.S. Treasury Bill

,

U.S. Treasury Bond

,

U.S. Treasury Note

,

U.S. Treasury Securities

,

Uniform Securities Act

,

Unearned interest

,

Unit of trade

,

Unit of trading

,

Venture capital

,

Venture capital limited partnership

,

Working capital

,

With interest

,

Williams Act

,

Work force

,

World Trade Organization

,

Waiver of premium

,

Working capital loan

,

Widow-and-orphan stock

,

W-2 Form

,

W formation

,

Weak market

,

When, as, and if issued

,

When issued

,

Wide market

,

X or XD

,

Year-To-Date

,

Yankee bond market

,

Yield to call

,

Yield to maturity

,

Yield to worst

,

Y shares

,

Z shares


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