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Glossary of Terms

If you qualify, a tax credit is something you can use to directly reduce the amount of tax you owe. Standard federal income tax credits are listed in tax...
This is the general name given to the markets for publicly traded stocks. People sometimes use the term to refer to how all the various stock exchanges and markets are performing. If they...
A pension plan is the general name for the administration of the pension fund that is established by either a company or a public entity to pay the pensions...
A mortgage refinancing is when you already have a mortgage, but because interest rates on new mortgages have fallen since you took out your original mortgage, it might make financial sense...
This term is usually found in health insurance, and generally refers to health care-related expenses paid by the person "out of her own pocket" - in other words, expenses not covered by the insurance. A simple example of an...
Restricted stock is stock issued by a company to its employees. It's "restricted" because even though it might be awarded to an employee today, the employee usually cannot actually sell the stock...
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