ALPHA is the measurement of returns from an investment in excess of market returns. It represents the amount expected from fundamental causes, e.g. the growth rate in earnings per share. This contrasts with BETA, which is a measure of risk or volatility.
STRIPS, in securities, is dividing a Treasury bond or mortgage-backed security into its principal and interest payments and selling the claims to these payments as new and separate securities. The principal portion is called a principal only (PO) security, and the interest portion is called an interest only (IO) security
MINIMUM WAGE is the lowest compensation you are allowed to pay an employee for hourly work. It is defined by Federal, state, and sometimes local laws. State or local laws may be more restrictive than Federal law, and certainly may differ.
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