VENTURE CAPITAL is capital committed to an unproven venture. The initial, start-up money is referred to as "seed money" and entails the greatest risk. If the project gets off the ground it may require additional financing at additional "rounds" or the "mezzanine level" before the company is finally brought to the market and the venture capitalist can enjoy handsome rewards. Experienced investors in venture capital situations typically plan on turning away a minimum of 9 out of every 10 proposals which are brought to them, and then they expect as many failures as successes from their selected investments.
X or XD is a symbol used in newspapers to indicate that a stock is trading ex-dividend, i.e., without dividend. The x symbol is also used in bond tables to signify without interest.
NARRATIVE, in accounting, is a written description of an internal control system.
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