YIELD CURVE Definition

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YIELD CURVE, in investments, is a graph depicting the change in yield as it relates to the time to maturity of a fixed income security. A parallel yield curve shift refers to a change in interest rates that is the same at every maturity point along the yield curve, e.g., when short-term rates rise 100 basis points, intermediate and long-term rates also rise 100 basis points.

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DIVIDEND YIELD RATIO allows investors to compare the latest dividend they received with the current market value of the share as an indictor of the return they are earning on their shares. The formula for the dividend yield is: Dividend yield = Latest annual dividends / Current market share price.

ADVANCE CORPORATION TAX (ACT) is a UK Corporation tax, required under UK tax rules. It represents a minimum tax on companies that earn most of their profits overseas.

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