H-shares are shares of Chinese companies that are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

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A habendum clause in a real estate contract transfers ownership of a piece of real estate with no restrictions. It generally pertains to oil and gas leases for pieces of property but can relate to any

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A haircut is a reduction in an asset's value.

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A half stock has a par value that is 50% of what is considered normal.

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A half-commission man introduces potential clients to financial advisors in return for a cut of the commissions those advisors earn from the new clients.

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In the investing world, a half-life is the halfway point of mortgage repayment.

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In the investing world, the Halloween Massacre occurred in October 2006, when Canada began taxing all income trusts in the country.

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The halo effect is a phenomenon whereby consumers perceive the products or services from a certain company to be better than they really are.

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The hammer candlestick is a technical indicator that typically appears after a prolonged downtrend. Here is an example of a hammer candlestick:

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A hands-on investor has a substantial interest in a company and chooses to take an active role in its management. It is the opposite of a hands-off investor.

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The Hang Seng Index is the leading index for shares traded on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. 

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The hangman candlestick has a very long shadow and a very small real body. Typically, it has no upper shadow (or at the very most, an extremely small one). To be an official hangman, the lower shadow

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A hard asset is a physical, or tangible, asset. It is the opposite of an intangible asset.

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Hard call protection is a provision in a callable bond that limits the issuer's ability to exercise the call feature.

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Hard currency is currency that has been adopted as an acceptable payment method in multiple countries.

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Hard dollars are money paid to a broker or investment adviser in return for consultation or investment research. Hard dollars do not include fees related to trading.

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A hard landing refers to an abrupt downward shift in economic growth resulting from monetary policy.

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A hard loan is a loan between a lender and borrower in different countries that is denominated in a hard currency.

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Hard money is a broad term used in connection with currency and transfer payments.

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A hard money loan is a short-term loan that uses the value of real property owned by the borrower as its collateral.

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A hard sell is an aggressive sales tactic used to persuade customers to make an immediate purchase. It is the opposite of a soft sell.

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Hard skills are quantifiable capabilities required for specific occupations. They are the opposite of soft skills.

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A hard stop is a standing instruction from a brokerage client to sell units of a security if the market price declines to a specific level. It is a generic term that can refer to both a stop-loss orde

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A hard-to-borrow list outlines the securities that a brokerage house cannot provide to investors for short selling.

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Hardening refers to stabilization or steady increases in a price level.

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A hardship withdrawal is a premature withdrawal of money from a retirement account on account of special circumstances.

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A harmless warrant is a bond provision that instructs a holder to relinquish the bond to the issuer should the holder purchase another bond from the same company with comparable features.

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Harry Markowitz is a famous economist who won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1990.

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Harvesting, also known as an exit or liquidity event, is the act of cashing out of an ownership position in a company.

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The political world is full of nicknames. Hawks are of particular interest to the business community because they often influence or at least put pressure on various parts of the government to take ac

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Hazard insurance doesn't just protect the homeowner; it protects the bank that lends to the homeowner. The price of hazard insurance varies depending on what state the house is in, how it is built and

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The head and shoulders pattern consists of four distinct parts: The left shoulder, the head, the right shoulder, and the neckline. Each of these four must be present for the formation to exist.

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Head of household is a formal IRS filing status for people who are single but provide financial support to at least one other person in his or her home.  

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Head traders have to be licensed, which means they have to pass at least one relevant exam administered by FINRA. There are several exams that can make a person eligible to become a head trader, and t

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Headline earnings are a measurement of a company's earnings based solely on operational and capital investment activities. It specifically excludes any income that may relate to staff reductions,

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A headline effect is an adverse effect on a company's stock price brought on by media coverage.

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Headline risk is the risk that media coverage of an event will have an adverse effect on a company's stock price.

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Health insurance is insurance that covers some or all of the costs of an individuals healthcare.

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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a federal law that promises continued health insurance coverage and ensures health information privacy for those covered by health in

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A health maintenance organization (HMO) is a health insurance provider with a network of contracted healthcare providers and facilities. Subscribers pay a fee for access to services within the HMO'

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A health reimbursement account (HRA) is a sum of money set aside by a company to offset employee healthcare costs not covered by the company's health insurance plan.

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Health savings accounts (HSA) are tax-free savings accounts connected to high-deductible health plans (HDHP). HSAs are used to cover healthcare-related expenses not covered by an HDHP.

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A healthcare power of attorney (HCPA) is a document that legally authorizes someone to make health-related decisions on someone else's behalf.

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The healthcare sector is the sector of the economy made up of companies that specialize in products and services related to health and medical care.

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In the investing world, heavy refers to a security whose price can't seem to rise.

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Heavy industries often sell their products to other industries rather than to end users and consumers. In other words, they usually make products that are used to make other products. Accordingly, whe

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In finance, a hedge is a strategy intended to protect an investment or portfolio against loss. It usually involves buying securities that move in the opposite direction than the asset being protected.

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Hedge accounting is a portfolio accounting method that combines the values of both a security and its offsetting hedge instrument.

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A hedge clause is a disclaimer found in financial documents that protects a financial reports' authors from liability for errors within the report.

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A hedge fund is an investment structure designed to allow management of a private, unregistered portfolio of assets. 

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A hedge fund manager is an individual responsible for directing all activities associated with the operation of a hedge fund.

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A hedged tender is a strategy used to ensure a profit as a part of a tender offer.

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Held-to-maturity securities refer to debt securities which an investor holds until maturity.

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A herd instinct is emotional pressure to agree with other members of a group. The herd instinct results in failures to think critically about an issue, situation or decision.

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The Herfindahl Index, also known as the Herfindahl-Hirschman Index (HHI), measures the market concentration of an industry's 50 largest firms in order to determine if the industry is competitive o

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High Earners, Not Rich Yet (HENRYs) are young, usually well educated, and highly paid but have not accumulated significant wealth yet.

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High frequency trading (HFT) is a computerized trading strategy used to exploit fleeting market inefficiencies. These ultra-short-term positions can be in a wide range of assets: stocks, options, futu

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A High Street Bank is a retail bank in the United Kingdom that has many locations.

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The high wave candlestick has a very small real body, and it typifies a stock or index plagued by uncertainty.  The spinning top has small upper and lower shadows, whereas in the high wave the sh

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A high yield savings account is a savings account that pays an account holder a higher-than-average interest rate. If the average US savings account offers an interest rate of 1%, for example, then

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The dollar limits on HDHPs change often (the government thresholds are indexed for inflation). HDHPs are growing in popularity because they help employers limit insurance costs (they have lower premiu

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High-income trigger securities (HITS) are senior unsecured debt securities that pay an annual coupon rate and repay their original principal either in cash or shares, depending on the issuer's sto

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High-ratio loans typically have higher interest rates because they are riskier. If the borrower defaults on the loan, the bank might not be able to sell the property for enough to repay the loan. The

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A high-yield bond is a corporate bond with a credit rating below BBB (also called a junk bond).

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A high-yield bond fund is a mutual fund that invests in corporate bonds rated below BBB (i.e., high-yield bonds, also called junk bonds).

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A high-yield bond spread is simply the difference in yield between two high-yield debt securities or, more commonly, two classes of high-yield debt securities.

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Highly compensated employees are usually limited in the amount of money they can set aside in their 401(k) plans and other retirement plans. Specifically, the federal government limits the amount of m

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The Hindenburg Omen is a technical indictor that attempts to predict market crashes.

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A hiring freeze is a temporary cessation in hiring new employees.

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A histogram is a visual display of information. It uses bars to show the frequency of an item of data in successive intervals.

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A holder of record is the registered owner of a stock, bond or other security.

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A holding company owns controlling interest in another company or owns enough stock to control the company's management and operations. Different legal jurisdictions have different rules about wha

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Holding period refers to the time during which an investor holds a given security.

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An investor is left "holding the bag" when his or her investment has gone from valuable to worthless or almost worthless.

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Home bias is a tendency to invest in companies that reside in the investor's home country.

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Home equity equals the value of a house less the balance owed on the homeowner's mortgage.

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A home equity line of credit (or HELOC) is a low-cost, flexible loan that lets you to turn your home's equity into cash whenever you need it, up to a certain amount. A HELOC uses your home as col

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A home equity loan (HEL), also called a second mortgage, is a loan secured by the equity in a house. Equity equals the value of the house less the balance owed on the homeowner's mortgage.

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A home loan (or mortgage) is a contract between a borrower and a lender that allows someone to borrow money to buy a house, apartment, condo, or other livable property. A home loan is typically paid b

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A home mortgage is a loan secured for a house. The borrower is usually obligated to make a predetermined series of payments on the loan.

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The term home office has two definitions. First, a company's home office is its headquarters. Second, a home office is a place of business within a person's home.

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Home office expenses are those costs incurred by working from a home-based office.  These expenses are tax-deductible.

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Horizontal integration occurs when a company purchases a number of competitors. It is the opposite of vertical integration, whereby the parent purchases businesses in each stage of a product's lif

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A hostile takeover is a type of corporate acquisition or merger which is carried out against the wishes of the board (and usually management) of the target company.

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A hostile takeover bid is a type of acquisition or merger offer that is made against the wishes of the board (and usually management) of the target company.

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A hot IPO is an IPO for which there is great demand.

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A hot list is a list of credit cards that are reported stolen, canceled or compromised in some way. 

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House poor is used to describe a homeowner who spends too large a portion of his or her income on home ownership, leaving too little for discretionary spending.

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A household employee is a person who provides paid services within a private home. These services are often subject to payroll taxes.

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Housing starts is a measure of new private homes built during a given month.  This statistic is viewed as a key economic indicator reflecting the state of the economy.

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Human capital is the skill, talent, and productivity that employees bring to a company. Coined by University of Chicago economist Theodore Schultz in 1964, the term refers to capital produced by inves

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Human resources is an organizational function related to the procurement and retention of talented employees.

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A hurdle rate is an investor's minimum rate of required return on an investment.

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A hybrid security is a security that has characteristics of one or more asset classes.

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Hyperinflation is a period of extremely high inflation.

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