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ADR - American Depository Receipt
AIG - American International Group
AIR - Assumed Interest Rate
AMEX - American Express (credit card)
APR - Annual Percentage Rate
ARM - Adjustable Rate Mortgage
ATM - Automated Teller Machine
BWIC - Bid Wanted In Competition
BTFD - Buy The F*cking Dip
CB - Carte Blanche (as in Diner's Club Carte Blanche credit card)
CBD - Commerce Business Daily
CD - Certificate of Deposit
CDSC - Contingent Deferred Sales Charge
CFP - Certified Financial Planner
CMO - Collateralized Mortgage Obligation
CUSIP - Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures
DB - Defined Benefit (retirement plan; for example, a pension)
DC - Defined Contribution (retirement plan; for example, a 401(k) plan)
DCA - Dollar Cost Averaging
DR - The Daily Reckoning
DTCC - Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation
EFT - Electronic Funds Transfer
EPS - Earnings Per Share
ERISA - Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974
ETF - Exchange Traded Funds
FASB - Financial Accounting Standards Board
FDIC - Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
FIFO - First In, First Out
FOMC - Federal Open Market Committee
FOREX - Foreign Exchange
FRB - Federal Reserve Board
GDP - Gross Domestic Product
GL - General Ledger
GNP - Gross National Product
GO - General Obligation Bond
GUDD - Gold Up, Dollar Down
IA - Investment Adviser
IBD - Investors Business Daily
IFS - Infiniti Financial Services
IMF - International Monetary Fund
ING - Internationale Nederlanden Group (a financial company)
IOU - I Owe You
IPO - Initial Public Offering
IRA - Individual Retirement Account
IVA - Individual Voluntary Arrangements
JTWROS - Joint Tenants With Rights of Survivorship
LOI - Letter Of Intent
MMKT - Money Market
MPT - Modern Portfolio Theory
MSI - Multiple Streams of Income
NASD - National Association of Securities Dealers
NASDAQ - National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation (system)
NAV - Net Asset Value
NL - No Load
NMAC - Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation
NYSE - New York Stock Exchange
OPM - Other People's Money
OSJ - Office of Supervisory Jurisdiction
OTC - Over the Counter
PBGC - The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
PE - Price to Earnings (Ratio)
PIIGS - Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Spain
PMI - Private Mortgage Insurance
POP - Public Offering Price
PPT - Plunge Protection Team (an unknown buyer who "makes the market" during sharp downturns)
PSP - Profit Sharing Plan
REIT - Real Estate Investment Trust
ROE - Return on Equity
ROI - Return on Investment
RR - Registered Representative
S&P - Standard & Poor's
SAI - Statement of Additional Information
SEC - Securities Exchange Commission
SEP - Simplified Employee Pension
SEQUINS - Select Equity Indexed Notes
SIPC - Securities Investor Protection Corporation
SRO - Self-Regulatory Organization
STC - Securities Training Corporation
TSA - Tax-Sheltered Annuity
UGMA - Uniform Gifts To Minors Act
UTMA - Uniform Transfers To Minors Act
WAC - With Approved Credit
WSJ - Wall Street Journal
YTM - Yield To Maturity