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Stock Market Terms

Stock Market Terms



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Some important terms of share market
Some important terms of share market

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Advanced Companies
Companies listed on TSX Venture Exchange that meet higher asset, market value andshareholder distribution requirements than those classified as venture companies. Thisclassification is related to TSX Venture Exchange Tier 1 status.
A securities firm is classified as an agent when it acts on behalf of its clients as buyer or seller of a security. The agent does not own the security at any time during thetransaction.
Alberta Securities Commission (ASC)
The provincial regulatory agency responsible for overseeing the capital market in Alberta.
All-or-None Order
An order that must be filled completely or the trade will not take place.
American-Style Options
Options that can be exercised any time during their lifetime. These are also known asopen options.
Annual Report
A publication, including financial statements and a report on operations, issued by acompany to its shareholders at the company's fiscal year-end.
Anonymous Trading
Permits Participating Organizations to voluntarily withhold their true broker identitieswhen entering orders and trades on TSX trading systems.
The simultaneous purchase of a security on one stock market and the sale of the samesecurity on another stock market at prices which yield a profit.
Ask or Offer
The lowest price at which someone is willing to sell the security. When combined withthe bid price information, it forms the basis of a stock quote.
Everything a company or person owns, including money, securities, equipment and realestate. Assets include everything that is owed to the company or person. Assets are listedon a company's balance sheet or an individual's net worth statement.
The notification to the seller of an option by the clearing corporation that the buyer of theoption is enforcing the terms of the option's contract.
When the price of the underlying equity, index or commodity equals the strike price of the option.
Averages and Indices
Statistical tools that measure the state of the stock market or the economy, based on the performance of stocks, bonds or other components. Examples are the S&P/TSX VentureComposite Index, the S&P/TSX Composite Index, the Dow Jones Industrial Average andthe Consumer Price Index.
Averaging Down
Buying more of a security at a price that is lower than the price paid for the initialinvestment. The aim of averaging down is to reduce the average cost per unit of theinvestment.
BbBasis Point
One-hundredth of a percentage point. For example, the difference between 5.25% and5.50% is 25 basis points.
Bear Market
A market in which stock prices are falling.
Best-Efforts Underwriting
A type of underwriting where the investment firm acts as an agent. The firm agrees to useits best efforts to sell the new issue of securities, but does not guarantee the issuingcompany that the securities to be issued will be sold.
A measurement of the relationship between the price of a stock and the movement of thewhole market.
Better-Price-Limit Orders
An order with a limit price better than the best price on the opposite side of the market. A better-priced buy order has a limit price higher than the best offering. A better-priced sellorder has a limit price lower than the best bid. These are available only at the opening.
The highest price a buyer is willing to pay for a stock. When combined with the ask priceinformation, it forms the basis of a stock quote.
Black-Scholes Model
A mathematical model used to calculate the theoretical price of an option.
Block Trades
Trades greater than or equal to 10,000 shares in size and greater than or equal to$100,000 in value.
Blue Chip Stocks
Stocks of leading and nationally known companies that offer a record of continuousdividend payments and other strong investment qualities.
Board Lot
A standard trading unit as defined in UMIR (Universal Market Integrity Rules). The board lot size of a security on Toronto Stock Exchange or TSX Venture Exchangedepends on the trading price of the security, as follows:
Trading price per unit is less than $0.10 - board lot size is 1,000 units
Trading price per unit is $0.10 to $0.99 - board lot size is 500 units
Trading price per unit is $1.00 or more - board lot size is 100 units
Promissory notes issued by a corporation or government to its lenders, usually with aspecified amount of interest for a specified length of time.
An electronic record of all pending buy and sell orders for a particular stock.
Booked Orders
Orders that do not trade immediately upon entry. These orders are also known asoutstanding orders.
Bought-Deal Underwriting
A type of underwriting where the brokerage firm acts as principal. The brokerage firmrisks its own capital to purchase all of the securities to be issued. If the price of thesecurities decreases before the brokerage firm has had a chance to resell the securities toits clients, the firm absorbs the loss.
British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC)
An arbitration centre established to resolve business disputes that have not been resolvedthrough normal channels. As part of its services, the centre will accept claims up to$50,000 from clients of participating members of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada (Pacific Division) and TSX Venture Exchange.
British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC)
The provincial government agency responsible for administering and enforcing theSecurities Act and the Commodity Contract Act of British Columbia.
Broker or Brokerage Firm
A securities firm or a registered investment advisor affiliated with a firm. Brokers are the

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