INVESTMENT EXPENSE is any cost of investment realized aside from the principal investment itself. For example:, in mutual funds, investment expesne is normally contained within five types of investment costs that must be measured to determine your total investment expense: a. Annual mutual fund expenses (i.e. the expense ratio) b. Front or back end sales loads; c. Portfolio turnover and trading costs for the fund (i.e. bid/ask spread, premium for large block trades, etc.) d. Brokerage commissions; and, e. Other (i.e., wrap account fees, annuity mortality & expense charges, etc.).

MEAN is the measure of central tendency; also called the average. It is calculated by the sum of the data points divided by the number of data points.

THRIFT ASSOCIATIONS is a general term often used for mutual savings banks, savings and loan associations and credit unions.

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