BETA Definition

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BETA, generally, is a measure of systematic risk of a security; the tendency of a security's returns to correlate with swings in the broad market. More specifically, the beta is an indicator or statistical measure of the relative volatility of a stock, fund, or other security in comparison with the market as a whole. The beta for the market is 1.00. Stocks with betas above 1.0 are more responsive to the market, but are also more risky investments. Stocks with a beta below 1.0 tend to move in the opposite direction of the market. For example, if the market moves 10%, a stock with a beta of 3.00 will move 30%; a stock with a beta of .5 will move 5%.

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EARN-OUT refers to an additional payment in a merger or acquisition that is not part of the original acquisition cost, which is based on the acquired company's future earnings relative to a level determined by the merger agreement.

FEDERAL HOME LOAN MORTGAGE CORPORATION (FHLMC) is a private corporation chartered by the U.S. Government that issues pass-through securities, known as participation certificates, based on conventional mortgages. FHLMC pass-throughs are traded in a very liquid market and are used as collateral for other activities such as repurchase agreements. FHLMC guarantees the timely payment of interest and ultimate payment of principal. FHLMC is commonly called "Freddie Mac".

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