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STOCK OPTION is a contractual right granted by a company to the named holder of the option the right to purchase the companys stock at a fixed price stated on the stock option within a specified period of time. If the stock option is not exercised within the specified period of time, then the contractual right lapses.

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TAXABLE EQUIVALENT YIELD is the yield that must be received on a taxable security to provide the holder with the same after-tax return as that earned on a tax-exempt bond or preferred stock.

ETHICAL STANDARDS, in accounting, is a written document containing basic principles and essential procedures together with related guidance in the form of explanatory and other material.

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