MUTUAL FUND Definition

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MUTUAL FUND, according to the SEC, is a company that brings together money from many people and invests it in stocks, bonds or other assets. The combined holdings of stocks, bonds or other assets the fund owns are known as its portfolio. Each investor in the fund owns shares, which represent a part of these holdings.

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INVESTMENT GRADE, in securities, is a high credit rating indicating bonds generally considered to have the strongest possi­bility of paying interest and repaying principal when due. Standard & Poor's Corporation considers invest­ment grade bonds to be those it rates from AAA through BBB. Moody's considers investment grade to be from AAA to Baa3. Below investment grade bonds also are known as high yield or junk bonds. The NAIC designates investment grade bonds with the numerical rating of "I" or "2".

CAPITALIZATION FACTOR is any multiple or divisor used to convert anticipated benefits into value.

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