CHURNING Definition

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CHURNING, in securities, is the frequent trading of an account in order to generate commissions.

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AVERAGE LIFE, in securities, is the weighted average retirement date of a bond issue or preferred stock; the average amount of time each dollar of principal amount will be outstanding.

VERTICAL INTEGRATION is the extent to which a firm owns its upstream suppliers and its downstream buyers. Control upstream is referred to as backward integration (towards suppliers of raw material), while control of activities downstream (towards the eventual buyer) is referred to as forward integration.

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